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5 Health Benefits of Cumin

By Steven James

Cumin is a spice found originally in Mediterranean and Indian cuisines and traditional medicinal recipes for treatment of many ailments. Cumin itself is a flowering plant and it’s the seeds of this plant that are used in cooking and medicine. Many cultures believe that it is powerful healing properties, but is it backed up by science?

Based on testing completed by the Central Food Technological Research Institute, researchers stated that “Bitter cumin extracts were strong antioxidants in the free radical scavenging systems tested.” and that they offered complete protection against DNA damage.

So, what are the possible health benefits of adding cumin to your diet?

  1. Painkiller - For centuries it has been used in this way and its effectiveness as a painkiller has recently been backed up by scientists.
  2. Digestion – When ingested it is believed to help calm the digestive tract leading to a reduction in flatulence and bloating and generally aiding the digestion system as a whole in order to extract the most amount of nutrients from food
  3. Antioxidants – Researchers from Mysore in India have shown in studies that cumin seeds contain a powerful phenolic antioxidant. Antioxidants are required in the body to combat free radicals which occur naturally as part of the metabolic process in energy production. A large number of free radicals can lead to cell damage and are thought to be the cause of many serious illnesses.
  4. Anti-glycation – Glycation simplified is where a molecule gets a chemical stuck to it, such as a glucose molecule, which acts like glue. As it floats around another protein molecule then attaches to this glue and causes the two proteins to link together. This can lead to more free-radicals in the body which leads to cell damage. In short, they are bad. Cumin, however, was found in one study to prevent this from happening which is a good thing.
  5. Osteoporosis – Several animal studies have confirmed cumin’s potency for the protection of bone density for postmenopausal women. Cumin was found to increase calcium, prevent a reduction in bone density and not increase weight gain when compared to current medication used to treat the condition.

Conclusion

It should be clear from this article that cumin is a powerful food which has many health benefits. If included as part of your diet on a regular basis for many years it could be considered as a very effective preventative measure to protect against many degenerative conditions.

Cumin is very easy to add to your diet, by using it to spice up some of your existing dishes. For example, vegetables and be spiced up or mix some in with rice and beans. And it goes without saying that this versatile spice can be added to a curry.

Although supplementation is possible, using cumin in your every day cooking is a healthier and more natural way to approach it. Use organic whenever possible and store ground cumin in an air tight container in the fridge to preserve its potency.

About the Author

Steven James takes the approach towards nutrition that one should remain as natural as possible in order to maintain an optimal level of health. However, this is not always possible and supplementation is necessary which is why he has created a supplement brand called Health First Supplements

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Do You Need to Take Supplements?

There have been a lot mixed messages in the media lately regarding the value of supplements. Some experts will tell you that they’re a waste of money and not needed to maintain good health, while others taut their benefits and continue to recommend them. 

While it’s true that you can get a good amount of your daily vitamin requirements through food, to do so would require a strict diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in fat and sugar. And let’s be honest, not many of us are able to get in the daily recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, let alone lay off our favorite treats.

On top of that, some critical vitamins, such as vitamin D, are not abundantly present in foods, making supplementation necessary.

If your diet is less than perfect, taking a multivitamin supplement is one of the most effective ways to ensure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its best.

And, if you have specific health concerns beyond overall health, certain nutrients have been extensively shown to provide positive benefits.

If you’re concerned about…

Vision Health… take lutein and zeaxanthin. In 2013 the results of the second Age-Related Eye Study (AREDS2) were released. The researchers found that taking 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin, along with vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc helped support eye health and preserve vision. And, for those study participants who had the lowest intakes of lutein and zeaxanthin in their diet, the positive results on vision health were even better.

Cardiovascular Health… consider adding an omega-3 fish oil supplement, especially if you dislike eating fish. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of heart disease. But, you need 1-2 g daily to reap the heart benefits.

Phytosterols can also help, particularly if you’re concerned about cholesterol. Research shows that foods or supplements containing at least 0.65 gram per serving of plant sterol esters, taken twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 1.3 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.

And, meta-analyses of clinical trials found that when phytosterols were consumed at a dose of 2 g per day, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol was reduced 10%.

Bone Health… be sure you’re getting adequate levels of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is a mineral needed by the body for healthy bones. The body cannot produce calcium, so you need to get it from food or supplementation. The daily recommended amount of calcium is 1,000-1,200 mg depending on your age and gender. Keep in mind that the body can only absorb about 500 mg at a time, so be sure to get your calcium in divided doses.

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. It is also needed for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen.  You need at least 800 IU of vitamin D to promote bone health.

 

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