Cumin, scientifically known as Cuminum cyminum, belongs to the family Apiaceae. It is extensively used as a condiment or a spice in culinary practices of the Indian Subcontinent and some other Asian, African and Latin American countries. Cumin boasts a number of important nutrients that can help keep you healthy. Because of its strong aroma, only a small amount of Cumin essential oil is used in recipes to provide them with a powerful punch. Cumin essential oil is also considered healthy due to its bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, and antiseptic properties that provide numerous benefits.
Cumin is a good source of energy, vitamin A, C, E and B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and minerals like iron, managanese, copper, calcium,magnesium,phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in protein and amino acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber , and a reasonable amount of fats and fatty acids.Comsuming about one teaspoon of cumin daily can help you meet your daily nutrient requirements.
Cumin is known for the benefits it offers, more than its taste or flavor, as it helps in losing weight, improving digestion and immunity, and treating skin disorders, boils, piles, insomnia and respiratory disorders. Let us understand each benefit in detail.