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Allow me to be honest—cumin and I met close to a year ago. I knew it was "foodie" love when our taste buds met.
The strong aroma of the spice resembles the strong roots.
As I became involved with cumin, I discovered many things. I learned it is made from the seeds of the cuminum cyminum plant. It's native regions of the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia—cumin influenced many culinary dishes and practices of the Indian subcontinent and other Asian, African and Latin America countries.
Getting to know cumin was very exciting. Cumin and I began to find interest in my recipes. Cumin and I began to get serious. I liked cumin with everything from eggs to guacamole.
Cumin is an excellent source of iron, manganese, calcium and phosphorus, but not limited to thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and various vitamins. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, cumin also contains copper, zinc and potassium and rich in proteins, amino acids and dietary fiber.
It was when we committed, I discovered how much I truly appreciate this spice in my life—and spice rack.
1. Good Digestion Aid
Cumin is traditionally known for use as a digestion aid. It can potentially speed up digestion.
It also increases the release of tartness from the liver. Your tartness, you might know as biles, help aid in digesting fats and nutrients in your gut.
One study of 57 patients with irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, displayed improved symptoms upon consuming concentrated cumin for approximately two weeks.
Cumin relieves gas and improves the appetite. Drink with hot water to relieve stomach aches.
Cumin spice has been used as an antidiarrhoeal drug to aid in relief from severe diarrhea.
Researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences published a report in the Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases stated cumin extract can be used to treat gastrointestinal disorders, such as bloating.
2. Source of Iron
Cumin seeds are rich in iron.
Iron is essential in our daily meal plans. Children need iron to support growth, just as women need iron to replenish blood loss during menstruation.
Cumin aids to relieve symptoms of anemia, tiredness, anxiety and digestive issues.
3. Helps with Diabetes
In one clinical study, concentrated cumin supplements improved early symptoms of diabetes in overweight patients in comparison to placebo.
Did you know diabetes can harm our body cells through advanced glycation end products?
Also known as AGEs, can be responsible for damaging eyes, kidneys, nerves and small blood vessels during diabetes.
Cumin contains elements that can reduce AGEs, per test tube studies. According to Healthline, using cumin as a seasoning can help control blood sugar in diabetes.
Cumin aids in preventing diabetes by the reducing the chances of hypoglycemia. Cumin helps to minimize glucosuria, a process where the urine contains too much glucose, developing hypoglycemia and diabetes.
4. Can Improve Blood Pressure
Clinical studies state cumin can improve blood cholesterol.
Cumin contains hypolipidemic properties. These properties help to control high levels of fats.
According to Heathline, a study of 88 women took three grams of cumin with their yogurt twice a day for three months. Their HDL levels had increased compared to those who did not consume the yogurt without it.
5. Can Prevent Food-Borne Illnesses
Cumin's most traditional role in seasoning has been for food prevention and safety.
Cumin contains megalomicin and has antibiotic properties.
According to Healthline, a test-tube study showed cumin minimizing the drug resistance of certain bacteria.
Cumin is available in various forms.
As I love to cook with cumin to enhance the flavor to my tasty food dishes, you can consume cumin in extract or supplement capsule form.
Cumin is great for many different proteins like chicken, steak and lamb. Cumin adds flavor to vegetables and starches!
I like to use Stella Bistro Foods Marinade Rub Sultry Spice. It is deep in flavor and even light enough for seafood! Everything you need is wrapped in Stella Bistro Foods Marinade Rub Sultry Spice—cumin, garlic and Mediterranean blend wins my dinner table's vote each time.