Cumin is a spice native to Egypt that has long been cultivated and enjoyed as a food and medicine in the Middle East, India, China and Mediterranean. It’s used in anything from chilli spices to curry.
Cumin probably isn’t a spice that you use everyday, but it’s time that you do!
This powerful seed can be used to treat indigestion, anemia, acid reflux, diabetes, constipation and so much more.
It’s also been discovered that cumin can even serve as a weight loss aid.
Cumin’s Weight Loss Experiment
As reported in a recent edition of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, researchers at Iran’s Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences followed a group of 88 overweight and obese women as they underwent a weight loss experiment (1).
The women were split up into two group: both would follow a reduced calorie diet and receive nutrition counseling but one group would eat yogurt with three grams of cumin daily while the other would eat plain yogurt.
In as little as three months, the cumin group lost an average of 50% more weight than the plain yogurt group. They also decreased their body fat percentage by 14.64% or almost three times the control group’s loss (2).
The cumin group also lowered their body mass index and waist circumference significantly more than the control group.
The authors speculated that cumin’s weight loss abilities may be due to the spice temporarily increasing metabolic rate. They even suggested that it could be a viable treatment for metabolic syndrome (1).
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