Cumin is a spice which is native to Egypt, but it has also been used in the Middle East, Asia, China and the Mediterranean for centuries. Although primarily used in spices such as curry and chili powder, this seed can also be used to treat diseases and conditions such as anemia, indigestion, acid reflux, diabetes, constipation and many more! As a bonus, cumin will also help you lose weight!
Lose weight with cumin!
A study conducted at the Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran discovered that the ancient spice helped 88 overweight and obese women who participated in a weight loss trial. The participants were divided into two groups and were given a diet with less calories while also receiving nutrition advices. However, one of the groups was also given a cup of yogurt with 3 gr. of cumin each morning, while the other had only yogurt for breakfast.
The results showed that the cumin group lost about 50% more weight than the control group, and they also reduced their body fat percentage by almost 15%, which equaled three times more the loss of the control group. Cumin also managed to lower their BMI (body mass index) as well as their waist size. This occured due to cumin’s ability to accelerate metabolism.
Lowers blood fat
Besides reducing their weight and body mass index, cumin also considerably lowered the levels of blood fat in the cumin group. The results showed that their triglycerides levels were reduced by 23%, compared to a 5% reduction in the control group. The LDL cholesterol levels were down by 10% in the cumin group, while the control group lowered the same levels by a meager 1%.
All of these facts just show how powerful can cumin be in preventing cardiovascular diseases. According to experts, cumin reduces cholesterol thanks to its glycoside saponins. These compounds have the ability to prevent cholesterol absorption and have anti-coagulant, anticarcinogenic, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immunomodulatiry, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Lowers cholesterol absorption
As we already mentioned, cumin can lower your cholesterol levels due to the saponins, but also because of its phytosterol content, which has a positive effect on lipids and prevents cholesterol absorption. Another study showed that consuming cumin cyminum L capsules regularly had the same effect as oristat 120, a drug that is given to obese people as a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor.
If you don’t like to consume cumin with yogurt, you can spice up your vegetable dishes and still enjoy its effects.
Cumin tea recipe
Boil some cumin seeds in a pot with water, then leave them for 8-10 minutes and strain the tea. There you have it – a nice cup of cumin tea which will boost your metabolism and accelerate weight loss.