We are talking about Cumin! This is a spice which native is from Egypt. Cumin has long been cultivated and enjoyed as a food and medicine in the Middle East, India and Mediterranean. This spice can be used in the preparation of many spices, from chilli to curry.
You probably haven’t used this spice very often in your everyday nutrition, but it is the right time for you to start!
There are many benefits of this powerful seed, including: treating indigestion, anemia, acid reflux, diabetes, constipation and so much more.
But another important use where this spice is very effective is in the process of losing weight.
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).
Lowers Blood Fats
Cumin also significantly reduced blood lipid levels. Triglycerides dropped 23 points compared to only five points in the control group. And LDL cholesterol dropped an average of 10 points compared to less than one point for the controls.