Cumin is well-known peppery spice since ancient times, used for treatment in a lot of ancient cultures around the world. According to a recent study, it can help you to get rid of those terrible extra pounds. Researchers randomly picked 88 obese or overweight women and divided them in 2 groups. The groups followed assigned diets, but in one of these groups, researchers gave 3 grams of cumin twice a day. Results from the research were published in the journal “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice”.
The study showed that 6 grams of cumin is very beneficial for participant’s weight loss. Those who consumed cumin two times on a daily basis lost 50% more weight than those who didn’t consumed cumin. The group without cumin in the diet reduced body fat for only 14, 65%. People with added cumin in their daily diet significantly reduced waist circumference and body mass index.
Scientists speculated that this significant cumin weight loss may come for its heat. However, Cumin reduced lipid levels in the blood of the participants, too. LDL cholesterol was reduced for amazing 10 points if it’s compared to the reduction of barely 1 point to the group without cumin in their diet. Triglycerides also decreased for 23 points, which is amazing result compared to only 5 points in the other group.
This spice is very beneficial, because it contains more than one hundred different chemical compounds, volatile oils, and fatty acids. Scientists believe that weight loss properties of cumin are related to its glycoside saponins matter.
Glycoside saponins increase excretion and prevent cholesterol absorption in the intestines. Another main compound with weight loss properties found in cumin is phytosterol. This compound can modulate lipids positively, which results with reduced cholesterol absorption. Researchers suggested to consume cumin supplements and effectively reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, the amount of triglycerides, and effectively lower cholesterol levels.
Like many spices, cumin has a lot of health benefits to offer.
- Inhibits loss of bone density
A study made on animals that was published in 2008 in the journal “Experimental Biology and Medicine” showed that cumin can reduce the loss of bone strength and mass, very effectively like estrogen. Also, it doesn’t promote hormone induced cancer like breast or uterine cancer, and doesn’t aid weight gain.
- Supports digestive system
Cumin seeds are used in the traditional medicine to support the digestive system. Modern researchers showed that these seeds can stimulate the production of bile, acid, and digestive enzymes that are needed for normal digestion. Also, the essential oil from cumin has a very important ingredient called Cuminaldehyde, which activates salivary gland and helps the food that we consume to be pre-digested, improves appetite, and relieves gas. As an extra, the essential oil relieves irritable bowel symptoms.
- Lowers Blood sugar
A research made in 2010 and published in the journal “Food Chemistry and Toxicology” showed that cumin effectively lowers blood sugar levels, when it’s compared to the medicinal drug called Glibenclamide or Glyburide. Also, it reduces AGE products and oxidative stress, which is related to development of diabetes.
Another study made on animals confirmed that cumin is much more effective than Glibenclamide in reducing of blood sugar levels, triglycerides, cholesterol, free fatty acids, and inflammation.
Even if it’s not confirmed, some researchers claim that cumin has anti-carcinogenic properties and it can inhibit the development of colon and cervical cancer.
Add half a teaspoon of cumin in your smoothie, yogurt, or water twice a day, and take all benefits that cumin has to offer.
Source: Healthiest Alternative
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