This more often underestimated spice is the one of the healthiest ingredients ever known to man.
You want to use this regularly as it can help lose weight fast, reduce the unhealthy lipid levels in the organism, aids digestion and much more.
This study goal was aimed to determine the effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women.
MATERIALS & METHODS:
The group consisted of 88 random selected overweight/obese women which were randomly assigned into two groups. The experimental group was asked to have 3 g/d cumin powder with yogurt at two meals for 3 months. The same amount of yogurt minus cumin powder was prescribed for the control group. All patients received nutrition counseling for weight loss in a similar manner. Anthropometric and biochemical parameters were determined before and after the intervention.
Cumin powder reduced serum levels of fasting cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL and increased HDL. Weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat mass and its percentage significantly reduced. It has no effect on FBS and fat-free mass.
Cumin powder in a weight reduction diet showed improvement in anthropometric and biochemical parameters in overweight/obese women.
Other Benefits of Cumin
Cumin is also rich in important minerals and vitamins that are vital for your health. Just one little seed boasts iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and phosphorus. Two teaspoons of cumin can actually account for 16 percent of your recommended daily value!
Health benefits of cumin
- Increases cognitive performance
- Helps remove toxins from body
- Helps relieve stress and anxiety
- Prevents colon cancer
- Boosts immune system
- Aids digestion
- Helps treat piles
- Prevents diabetes
- Fights viral infections
- Treats weak memory and insect bites
- Lose weight
It sounds crazy, but cumin has anti-cancer effects too. Research has shown that it can ward off free radicals and toxins, and it can improve your body’s liver function. These are both crucial to preventing the development of cancer cells.
How to consume cumin.
- Put some cumin seeds in boiling water and let it stand for about 10 minutes. You will get a cup of warm cumin beverage abundant in health benefits.
- Use cumin as a spice in making hummus, soups and guacamole. In addition, you can add 3 g cumin to roasted or sautéed veggies.
- Use it as a spice in soups.
- Add to plain rice in order to enrich its taste. It can be mixed up with some almonds or dried apricots as well.
- Sprinkle some cumin over nuts or other healthy versions of snacks.
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