Seeds and Cereals

Health Benefits of Cumin

The Cumin is a spice known since ancient Egypt for the preparation of liquors and food. Despite being used all over the world, including Brazil, cumin is one of the most popular spices in India, South Africa, Mexico and countries in the Middle East.

It is a unique, relaxing and strong-scented spice. It also has a strong flavor, which adds a special touch to meals. But in addition to that, it also provides several health benefits as it is a rich source of iron, protein, minerals and dietary fiber.


Cumin is a herbaceous plant whose fruits are inedible, which has green leaves, white and pink flowers and small striped fruits. The parts that we can use of cumin are the leaves and seeds, as a condiment.

Cumin leaves are used in the preparation of teas, while the seeds are used in the preparation of some foods and also in teas. But cumin powder, which consists of ground seeds, is widely used in cooking. The consumption of cumin in food offers several benefits to our body:

  1. Digestion :

Cumin seeds aid in the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, which help in the digestion and absorption of nutrients present in the food we consume. Cumin also helps in the secretion of bile acids.

  1. Memory :

Cumin helps the body to maintain acetylcholine in our brain, it helps to retain our memory. The plant also has antioxidants that help improve memory, as well as aiding in faster recovery from amnesia.

  1. Skin :

One of the nutrients in cumin is vitamin E. It helps the skin stay healthy and young for longer. In addition, the plant also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help treat eczema, pimples and boils. Cumin also helps to eliminate toxins from our body in a natural way, which, consequently, helps to reduce wrinkles, leaving the skin softer and smoother.

  1. Stress and insomnia:

Cumin is a rich source of vitamin B and essential oils that have hypnotic effects. These two nutrients help to induce sleep and also improve the quality of our sleep.

  1. Infections:

Due to its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and the presence of vitamin C and iron, cumin helps to improve the body’s immunity and also helps to prevent the onset of infections.

  1. Anemia :

Due to the presence of iron in its composition, cumin is an excellent ally in the fight against anemia, as it helps in the formation of hemoglobin and erythrocytes in the blood. Hemoglobin acts to transport oxygen to different parts of our body, which help to avoid possible dizziness and fatigue.

  1. Digestion :

Cumin works by stimulating the liver to produce bile. The liquid facilitators digestion and also works by helping to eliminate the fat from the body and improve the absorption of nutrients that are present in the food consumed.

  1. Bones :

As it has among its nutrients calcium, potassium, vitamin A, estrogenic compounds and magnesium, cumin is a great ally in strengthening bones. It helps in treating osteoporosis.


It is possible to consume both dry and whole or powdered cumin seeds. The ideal, as with many other spices, is to buy the whole seed and grind it at home, as the powder loses its flavor very quickly. Furthermore, it only lasts about six months, while the entire seed can be stored for up to a year.


Usually, for cooking, the whole or ground cumin seed is used as a condiment, in the manufacture of liqueurs and in the flavoring of some types of bread, cakes and cheeses. As it leaves food with the strongest flavor and odor, recipes indicate the homemade medicine of a cumin knife tip in dishes.

Cumin is one of the ingredients that is part of the composition of curry, being widely used in Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine. Some cheeses, such as munster and gouda, are made with herb grains inside. Cumin is also used in powdered or ground dishes in Arabic cuisine.

The leaves and roots of cumin are very weak, thin and whitish, despite this they are quite aromatic and, therefore, considered a “deticatesse” at the table. The flowers, on the other hand, are small and found in white or slightly pinkish colors. They are not used in cooking, but they have small fruits, which have caraway seeds.


Cumin tea is recommended in different situations, it can be consumed for a detoxification of the body, even for the treatment of digestive disorders. To prepare cumin tea, it is possible to use both the seeds and the leaves of the herb, taking into account its purpose. Check out cumin tea recipes below:

  • Cumin tea for gastrointestinal weakness

To prepare the tea you will need a teacup of boiling water and two grams of cumin seed. Pour the boiling water into the teacup and add the two grams of cumin seed. Smother for about 10 minutes and then strain. Drink tea before main meals.

  • Cumin tea for stomach complications

To prepare the tea you will need the teacup of water, the gram of cumin seed, the piece of carqueja and the gram of angelica seed. First, boil the water for about five minutes along with the cumin seed, a piece of carqueja husk and the angelica seed. Then strain the tea. It must be consumed before main meals.

  • Cumin tea for intestinal flatulence (gas)

To prepare the tea you will need 20 grams of cumin, 100 ml of neutral alcohol 60º and a little water. First, soak the cumin seeds in neutral alcohol and leave it for five days. After that time, strain and dilute in a cup of tea with hot water. Tea should be consumed after main meals.


Cumin essential oil is extracted from the dried crushed seeds using a steam distillation process. It is used to help relieve muscle pain and osteoarthritis. In the digestive system, it acts as a kind of stimulant, reducing indigestion, bloating, flatulence, dyspepsia and colic. In the nervous system, the oil acts as a tonic and has a beneficial effect on nervous exhaustion, migraines and headaches. It is also an excellent relaxant, helping to combat insomnia.


Cumin can be grown at home, however it is an herb that requires some care. The plant needs light for at least a few hours every day and its soil needs to be very fertile and drained. In addition, you must be aware of the amount of water, as it is sensitive to both excess and lack of it. The herb also does not adapt well to very hot or very cold climates, as well as rain and strong winds.

To plant cumin, you can use its seed and harvest can be done three to four months later. To do this, cut the branches and secure them upside down with a container underneath. Wait for the seeds to dry and fall out.


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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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