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Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) And Its Side Effects

Indian Kitchen without cumin seed is next to impossible. Using cumin flavor in Indian recipe is a trend, that is followed since ages. Cumin is a fruit of cumin herb. In India, you will hardly find people who don’t love the tinge flavor of cumin seeds in their food. The cumin seed is acclaimed for its aroma and flavor that it adds to every dish. In addition to benefits, there are various side-effects that are associated with over-consumption of seeds.

Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) And Its Side Effects

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Cumin (Jeera)
Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)
Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Cures Piles
Regulates Digestion
Cures Insomnia
Cures Bronchitis & Asthma
Fights Cold
Increases Lactation
Prevents Anemia
Lowers Cognitive Disorders
Skin Care
Treats Boils
Boosts Immunity
Prevents Diabetes
Uses of Cumin (Jeera)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)
Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)

Cumin (Jeera)

Cumin seeds are native to Asia. They are also called caraway, jeera, shahi jeera, kala jeera, apiumcarvi, haravi, semences de carvi, and krishnajraka roman cumin among others. It is indeed a fruit but once dried becomes a seed. It is a valued spice in India, as there are many medical benefits attached to it like flatulence, dyspepsia, and digestive condition. Including cumin to your spice cabinet helps in fighting infections and prevents chronic disease. It is highly rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and is also an antioxidant.

Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)

2 tablespoon of cumin is enough to add flavor to your dishes. Various nutrients that are present in cumin are Energy (375Kcal per 100grams), Carbohydrates (44,24g per 100grams), Proteins (17,8g per100grams), Fat (22.7g per 100grams), Dietary Fiber (10.5per 100grams), Vitamins like folate (10 µg per 100 grams), Niacin (4.58mg per 100grams), Pyridoxine (0.435mg per 100 grams), Riboflavin (0.32mg per 100grams), Thiamin (0.628mg per 100grams), Vitamin A (1270IU per 100grams),Vitamin C (7.7mg per 100grams), Vitamin E (3.3mg per 100grams), Vitamin K (5.4 µg per 100 grams). It also contains Sodium (1788mg per 100 grams), Potassium (68mg per 100grams). Among minerals it contains Calcium (931mg per 100grams), Copper (0.867mg per 100 grams), Iron (66.36mg per 100grams), Magnesium (366mg per 100 grams), Manganese (3,3mg per100grams), Phosphorous (499mg per 100 grams), and Zinc (4.8mg per 100 grams). Among python nutrients, it contains Carotene-ß (762 µg per 100 grams), and Lutein-zeaxanthin (448 µg per 100 grams).

Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)

Cures Piles

The main reason of hemorrhoids or piles is constipation added with infections in the anal tract due to wound that is primarily caused because of constipation. Since carminative and dietary fiber content is present in cumin and it also has antimicrobial, antifungal, and stimulating properties, it serves as natural laxative. Therefore, if you add cumin to your diet it helps healing of wounds or infections in excretory and digestive systems and also speeds up your digestion level. This means that will clear up all the causes and symptoms of piles.

Regulates Digestion

Cumin is very helpful for digestion and problems related to it. The aroma which is extracted from the presence of organic compound named Cuminaldehyde immediately activates the all the important salivary glands, which helps in facilitating the digestion of food. Another essential compound which is present in cumin is thymol, which helps in stimulating the glands that secrets bile, enzymes, acids which are entirely responsible for the digestion of food in the intestines and the stomach.

Cures Insomnia

This is a unique property of cumin. Studies have proven that intake of vitamin B-complex and proper digestion is enough to have a sound sleep,. Since it helps in both in treating insomnia. Having said that; some components present in cumin oil are actually hypnotic in nature and also have some tranquilizing effects. It in turn helps in relieving anxiety and stress that are the leading cause of insomnia.

Cures Bronchitis & Asthma

The presence of highly rich aromatic oils and caffeine makes cumin one of the best options ,for people who suffer from major respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma. Consumption of cumin helps in elimination of phlegm and mucus and thus treats respiratory problems.

Fights Cold

Viral infection leads to common cold and such a condition bothers our immune system, that makes it vulnerable and weak. The presence of rich oils in cumin act as disinfectants and in turn helps in fighting viral fever, that is the primary cause of common cold.

Increases Lactation

Since cumin contains a significant amount of iron, thus it is a must for women who are having menses or women who are pregnant, as they need more iron. Thus for lactating mothers consuming cumin could benefit a lot.

Prevents Anemia

Cumin is a good source of iron, as it contains around 66grams of iron per 100 grams, that is more than five times required by an adult daily. Since iron is the main component of hemoglobin present in RBC, it is responsible for transferring oxygen to the cells, and deficiency of this is the main cause of anemia. Thus adding cumin in your daily meal will help fight the symptoms of anemia.

Lowers Cognitive Disorders

The significant of iron present in cumin helps in increasing the production of hemoglobin which eventually prevents anemia. Having said that increased blood flow has various other benefits as well. If blood circulation speed is high, the required amount of oxygen reaches the brain and the organs subsequently help in optimal performance of body systems. When the adequate amount of iron and oxygen reaches the brain, it increases cognitive performance and thus helps in curing cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Skin Care

Like every other herb, cumin too contains an adequate amount of Vitamin E which is very helpful for skin. Thus daily consumption of cumin helps in keeping skin young and also glowing.

Treats Boils

Removal of regular toxic substances from body is of utmost important. The presence of components like phosphorus and thymol helps in detoxifying toxic substances and removes toxins through excretory medium. Thus helps in treating boils.

Boosts Immunity

Presence of iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C boosts your immune system in various ways.

Prevents Diabetes

Like various other spices, cumin also helps in declining the hypoglycemia and diabetes. Thus consuming cumin seed can be powerful weapon in battling this massive problem.

Uses of Cumin (Jeera)

Adding two tablespoons of cumin with fenugreek powder, make fenugreek tastes sweet. Adding with red pepper flakes makes it spicier. Adding it to cloves powder, ground cardamom, turmeric root and coriander among others can add up to your flavor in vegetables, meats, and chicken. It is regularly used in the preparation of homemade spice blends.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)

In addition to several medical benefits, it has various side effects as well. Though it has gas-relieving properties, if consumed in higher quantity it can cause some of the most common gastric and digestive problems like heartburn and belching. The presence of oil in cumin is volatile and an overdose of cumin, in the long run, can damage the kidney and liver. Therefore, consumption of cumin has to be moderate. It should be taken with caution, as it has some narcotic properties. Overconsumption of cumin can result in drowsiness, nausea, and mental clouding among others. It is advisable for women to consume it in limited quantity, otherwise it leads to heavy bleeding during menstruation. It is essential to maintain blood sugar levels, but cumin intake consumed in large quantity, can lower your blood sugar level. f you’re heading for surgery, its advisable to stop consuming cumin at least two weeks before any major surgery. If consumed in large quantity, it can harm more than it can do good. For lactating mothers, it can also lower the production of milk, if not consumed in moderate quantity.

Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)

In addition to several medical benefits, it has various side effects as well. Though it has gas-relieving properties, if consumed in higher quantity it can cause some of the most common gastric and digestive problems like heartburn and belching. The presence of oil in cumin is volatile and an overdose of cumin, in the long run, can damage the kidney and liver. Therefore, consumption of cumin has to be moderate. It should be taken with caution, as it has some narcotic properties. Overconsumption of cumin can result in drowsiness, nausea, and mental clouding among others. It is advisable for women to consume it in limited quantity, otherwise it leads to heavy bleeding during menstruation. It is essential to maintain blood sugar levels, but cumin intake consumed in large quantity, can lower your blood sugar level. f you’re heading for surgery, its advisable to stop consuming cumin at least two weeks before any major surgery. If consumed in large quantity, it can harm more than it can do good. For lactating mothers, it can also lower the production of milk, if not consumed in moderate quantity.

Popular Questions & Answers

My wife and I blessed with a baby girl 7 days ago. She was gone through C section. She did not produce enough milk. Or very little milk. Baby got hungry and cried overnight. She is very depressed. Kindly suggest some medicine for mother and baby.

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Bangalore
Hi, Ask your Wife to take plenty of water and a glass of water or juice or milk before feeding the baby. Ask her to relax, stress and depression will further decrease her. Mother’s usually take a week to 10 days to produce milk. Take spinach, dhill leaves and gourd vegetables which as water. Babies are very active at night, so they feed very often. Baby will demand to be carried at night, they may not be hungry. So try talking to baby, so baby knows that you are around.

Please suggest me. After taking food I am felling heaviness in stomach & inflates.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
According to your symptom. There are ulcer in your stomach due to hyper acidity secondly your bowel movement is not ok use cumin seed water in morning for diagnostic treatment. Consult personally.

Sir l am suffering from acidity but my doctor gave me liofen xl. Please advice what to do?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Easy and natural way to control acidity is by boiling cumin seeds in water and drinking the water after it becomes lukewarm after filtering the cumin seeds. Please remember that taking frequent small meals in a day is to be followed also.

Has this happened to anyone ever as I'm confused the heaviness, the weight (pulling feeling) in the chest while on depression or bipolar followed by a constant awareness of time, inability to pass time, time seems very slow and getting frustrated due to that?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Noida
Hello Lybrate user As you asked about your problems related to your depression frustration I would like to advise you that it happens with everyone unknowingly without any causative factors e.g. Lack of getting excessive load of works, family life style and daily behaviours as well as metabolic imbalances. I would like to advise you to follow regular daily routines of getting all dietary measures and daily behaviours as well as yoga and exercise every day. Morning walk and Anulom Vilom pranayam two times daily and meditation for 20 minutes daily. Try to have careful about your daily routines of breakfast and lunch and dinner and go to bed timely up to 10 PM. Take gloss of warm milk boiled with ginger, haldi and ghee with nuts every day before going to bed and at breakfast. You may use light vegetarian food Khichari and Dariya with moong daal and green vegetables soups fried with cumin seeds and ghee and garlic. You may use hot water sipping boiled with ginger every half-hour for whole day. If you do regular in routines for one month You will fee comfortable. If you don't feel comfortable then visit me privately at my noida clinic for your Pulse Diagnosis and proper treatment.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUMIN SEEDS

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUMIN SEEDS

Treatment of Skin Disorders:

Cumin has a high content of vitamin E which keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Besides, the essential oils, cumin have disinfectant and anti-fungal properties which protect your skin from fungal and microbial infections. Topical application of cumin paste on boils, pimples, eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders facilitates quick healing . A dash of ground cumin powder can also be added to your face pack to treat skin issues. Cumin is also a good source of dietary fiber which helps in the cleaning process and removes toxins.

Anti-Ageing Benefits:

Vitamin E present in cumin triggers the anti-ageing processes within the body, thus preventing premature ageing symptoms. It acts as an antioxidant to combat the free radicals that attack the skin and cause signs of ageing like wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. This combination of antioxidant effect and antibacterial capacity of cumin provides you with a healthy, beautiful skin that lasts far into your old age.

Cures Itchiness and Body Heat:

If you are suffering from body heat and skin itchiness, you can put some cumin seeds in boiled water. Once it is cooled, take a bath with that water.

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Home Remedy For Boosting Immunity In Winters

B.Sc Biochemistry, P.G Diploma in Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Navi Mumbai
Home Remedy For Boosting Immunity In Winters

We all love winters as it brings with it a variety of food options, warm drinks, colourful fruits and vegetables. But it also brings ailments like cold and flu specially for kids and elderly.
To make your winters warm and disease free I have come up with a tried and tested home remedy which is passed on in my family for generations and has a lot of medicinal value.
It includes all easily available ingredients from your spice box. It can be made and stored in a cool and dry place.

So here it is

  • 7 tsp turmeric
  • 7 tsp fennel seeds
  • 4 tsp cumin 
  • 4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 3 tsp green cardamom
  • 2 tsp ginger powder,
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • Half tsp cinnamon powder
  • Recipe
  • Dry roast cumin, coriander, fennel and pepper. Put all the ingredients in a grinder and grind to a powder.
  • Now store the powder in a dark bottle in a dry place.

How to consume:
For kids

Take a tsp with little honey and give it before going to bed. Do not drink water post this remedy.
Give twice daily.
For elderly 

  • They can take 1tsp with honey or if diabetic can take it in morning with a glass of warm water.
  • Can be taken twice daily 
  • The amount of fennel and turmeric can be reduced or increased by 1 tsp depending on taste.
  • The fennel will make the powder smell and taste good and sweet too.
  • So try this remedy and let me know the results.
     
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Ayurvedic Approach for Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Surat
Ayurvedic Approach for Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This chronic disease is caused due to inflammation of the joints in the spine and usually affects young men. It causes the vertebrae to grow or fuse together, causing a rigid spine. Actually, it affects the discs in between the vertebral column. These discs get swollen, causing a limitation of spine motility. It is an autoimmune disorder and its symptoms are lower back pain and stiffness, which usually moves to the legs.

  • The deformity due to AS can be mild or severe. In extreme cases, the patient gets a stooped spine. 
  • Early diagnosis can prevent significant deformity as well as help in controlling the pain and stiffness.
  • Allopathy doesn’t really know the real reasons for this disease and here is where Ayurveda scores.
  • According to Ayurveda, AS is caused due to aggravated vata or wind, which causes an imbalance in vata dosha.

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic treatment starts with detoxification and elimination of toxins. It relies heavily on the right diet and lifestyle as well as Ayurvedic herbal preparations. The panchakarma techniques called kati vasti, sarvangadhara and patrapinda svedana are very beneficial too. The basic explanation for the disorder is that AS occurs due to an accumulation of ama or toxins in the body. Where ever ama deposits in the body, pain is caused. Ayurvedic treatments aim at digesting the ama by using herbs as medicine and balancing the aggravated vata.

  1. Herbs used in the treatment of AS are dry ginger (saunth), guggul, turmeric, fenugreek, ashwagandha and giloy. Gugul, curcumin, amlaki, haritaki, and ashwagandha are all very effective in treating AS.
  2. Avoid getting constipated and ensure proper evacuation of bowels.
  3. Include ghee in your diet for lubrication and for lowering the vata dosha.
  4. Apply heat on the affected areas to control the pain and stiffness.
  5. Eat light foods and strictly avoid oily foods and curd which increase ama.
  6. Avoid sleeping during the daytime.
  7. Yoga asanas like pawana muktasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, paschimottanasana and vakrasana should be practised regularly.
  8. The practice of pranayamas such as and shodhana, chandrabhedi sheethali and bhramari also helps.
  9. Chewing 2–3 raw garlic buds on an empty stomach in the morning with water helps in alleviating lumbar pain in AS.
  10. Use a powdered preparation of dried ginger root, celery seeds and cumin seeds in equal quantities with rock salt for taste, and have one teaspoon of this mixture with warm water at bedtime to reduce flatulence as well as lumbar stiffness. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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5 Spices You Must Always Have In Your Kitchen!

MD-Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Patiala
5 Spices You Must Always Have In Your Kitchen!

Ayurveda is a science that uses the simplest of herbs as medicine for treating various ailments as well as preventive medicine. Hence, it is no wonder leading a healthy life starts in the kitchen, as according to Ayurveda, food is medicine when eaten wisely. The primary focus of preparing Ayurvedic food is to use simple ingredients with the right know-how. Especially when the food habits evolve over generations and miss out on certain important ingredients along with the way, regaining the knowledge is the key. Consuming such a fresh meal prepared with few ingredients can have numerous health benefits. Here are 5 such must-have herbs in every kitchen.

  1. Turmeric: One of the most common ingredients in every Indian household and used in almost every meal prepared in at least one of the delicacies. The main reason being, turmeric is amazing when it comes to boosting the immunity and metabolism. Turmeric also has antiseptic properties. So, it is safe to apply over wounds to heal completely. And it can also be applied externally for aesthetic purposes as the same antiseptic property can cure numerous skin problems such as acne and eczema.
  2. Cumin seeds: The immensely beneficial tried and tested herb that aids digestion is Cumin seeds (Jeera). Jeera serves as a preventive medicine for digestive disorders. And it can also be helpful in treating vomiting and diarrhoea as well. Another major health benefit of jeera is that it helps to clear the toxins accumulated in the body over a period of time. This, in turn, aids better nutrient absorption. So, it is clear adding cumin seeds in regular diet enhances the general health and wellbeing.
  3. Carom seeds: The best solution to chronic gas and bloating issues is consuming carom seeds (Ajwain). Boil the seeds in water, allow it to cool and then drink it to experience the improvement. Similarly, it can provide immediate relief from indigestion. And it provides relief from more common problems such as cold, cough and headaches.
  4. Black Pepper: This anti-oxidant rich herb’s health benefits are truly uncountable, right from enabling good digestion to aiding in weight loss. It is also proven to cure respiratory ailments as it works on the disease-causing infections to address the cause and cure completely. Hence it is a primary ingredient in Ayurveda medicines for cold and cough. So, adding it to the regular meal can help avoid all these health issues in the first place.
  5. Fenugreek: Fenugreek (Methi), this simple herb has the potential to combat diabetes, the condition that affects a majority of the population in our generation. As per a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Fenugreek seeds administered orally in varying doses of 25 grams to 100 grams every day, seem to diminish reactive hyperglycemia in patients suffering from diabetics. Apart from diabetes, it helps cure more common problems such as dandruff, anemia and sore throat.

When it comes to utilizing natural ingredients as Ayurveda medicine moderation is essential, neither too much nor too less to lead a healthy life.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Infertility - How Ayurvedic Herbs Can Help Treat It?

B.A.M.S
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Infertility - How Ayurvedic Herbs Can Help Treat It?

Infertility is a medical condition which is characterised by problems in successful conception, even after prolonged and frequent unprotected sex amongst a couple. Infertility may occur due to problems with either the male, the female partner and in many cases both of them. This condition can cause much strife in a relationship not just within the individuals but also be a cause for social embarrassment. The causes of infertility could be-

  • Testicular injury or deformed testis,
  • Irregular menstrual periods,
  • Problems with erections,
  • Uterus is ill-shaped,
  • Premature ejaculation,
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases caused by Sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia,
  • Scanty sperm count,
  • Thyroid disorders,
  • Blockage of the fallopian tube.

Other lifestyle related reasons could be excessive alcohol consumption, aging, diabetes, obesity, high pressure and as a side effect of radiation therapy or other medications.

Ayurveda and Infertility-

According to Ayurvedic scriptures, infertility occurs when there is a deficiency of nutrients in the Shukra Dhatu of an individual. This might occur as a result of indigestion and excessive toxic content in the human body. This could be caused due to excessive consumption of spicy foods or if they have chronic stress or anxiety. The Ayurvedic remedies boost the nutrition of the Shukra Dhatu in order to boost fertility. The most potent Ayurvedic herbs which can cure infertility are as follows:

  1. A prescribed consumption of the powder of dried banyan bark along with sugar might help to cure infertility.
  2. The inclusion of cumin and turmeric powder in regulated dosages in your daily food might also help to facilitate fertility.
  3. A consumption of the root of the herb Ashwagandha for 3 times a day has also been shown to be beneficial.
  4. A daily consumption of the powder of Vanari Kalpa in warm milk might help in curing any problems related to the ejaculation of semen.
  5. Consuming a mixture of the powder of Vrushya vati in warm milk, it might help to increase the sperm count.
  6. The consumption of Ayurvedic preparation of phalasarpi (a mixture of the herbs Kustha, manjistha, Triphala, tagara, haldi etc.) might help to deal with the problems of infertility in women.
  7. Yoga also has many effective asanas or poses which help boost both male and female fertility and thus may help in correcting infertility caused due to physical factors such as injuries or deformities.
  8. Changes in lifestyle also have to be brought in such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption among others. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Table of Content

Cumin (Jeera)
Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)
Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Cures Piles
Regulates Digestion
Cures Insomnia
Cures Bronchitis & Asthma
Fights Cold
Increases Lactation
Prevents Anemia
Lowers Cognitive Disorders
Skin Care
Treats Boils
Boosts Immunity
Prevents Diabetes
Uses of Cumin (Jeera)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)
Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)