Cumin

General Information

Brand Name: Cumin

Application: Dietary supplement

System Components and Performance

Cumin is seeds of spicy Indian caraway. This spice is considered a relative of parsley, has pleasant, slightly harsh taste and piquant flavor, and its seeds are somewhat like cumin.

Composition

Cumin seeds contain:

  • essential oil;
  • thymol;
  • cumin aldehyde and alcohol;
  • perilla aldehyde;
  • beta-flalandrene;
  • alpha and beta-pinin;
  • p-cymene;
  • dipentene.

Medical use

Cumin as in pure form, and in various broths, infusions and mixtures is able to help with treatment of a large number of diseases:

  • it cleanses respiratory tract in respiratory system;
  • fights against nausea, including those caused by toxicosis in pregnant women;
  • has diuretic and mild laxative effect. It removes toxins from the body;
  • it is used in treatment of renal and gastric diseases, increased gas production, improves work of digestive tract. Increases appetite. In small children, cumin is given to reduce colic;
  • it is used to increase amount of milk in breast-feeding mothers;
  • helps with problems with memory, insomnia, improves activity of brain;
  • has antiseptic properties. Used in treatment of tumors, as well as various skin diseases (irritation, rash, acne);
  • contributes to restoration and strengthening of vision;
  • has tonic effect. Used as aphrodisiac;
  • helps to warm the body, very useful for people who are hard to tolerate cold temperatures, as well as for older people;
  • in India, healers remove epileptic seizures and treat cholera with cumin;
  • cumin is used in treatment of furunculosis;
  • also it is used as a means to relieve suffering from bites of poisonous insects.

Contraindications

There are no contraindications to cumin. This spice should not be taken as food or as a medicine if you suffer from individual intolerance to cumin. Therefore, when choosing spices for your dishes, carefully study composition of fragrant herbal mixtures. With caution the spice should be taken by people with:

  • gastritis with high acidity;
  • stomach ulcer;
  • duodenal ulcer;
  • inflammation of gastric mucosa;
  • violation of blood clotting;
  • diabetes;
  • preparing for surgeries.

Drug interactions

Some experts are concerned that this spice is able to interact with drugs to control blood sugar during surgery. Therefore, it is recommended to stop using it 2 weeks before surgery.

Warnings

Such mixtures of spices as curry, chili, garam-masala, Mexican mixtures, chutneys, bacharat (Arabian mixture), include cumin and can harm the body.

Storage

Cumin does not require special storage conditions, it does not lose its useful properties in closed container throughout a year. Ground grains are not subject to long-term storage and after 3 – 4 months they acquire rancid taste.