Health Benefits of Cumin

Cumin Seeds
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Cumin (Hindi name: Jeera, Scientific name: Cuminum Cyminum) is a hot, nutty flavored spice. It is used as whole dried seeds and as ground powder. Cumin seed is an important spice for many vegetable curries, soups and other dishes.

It grows in most hot countries like India, China, North Africa, and the Americas. They should be lightly roasted before being used whole or ground to bring out the aroma. It may also be pounded with other spices in mixtures such as curry powder. Ground cumin must be kept airtight, to retain its pungency. There is no exact substitute of cummin seeds.

Cumin seeds contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, iron and phosphorous.

It is used as a spice in Indian, Mexican, Portuguese, Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Spanish cookery. It is an important ingredient of most curry powders. Cumin seeds are used in many recipes to improve taste and flavor.

Cummin has many health benefits. Cumin stimulates the appetite. It is believed to increase lactation and reduce nausea in pregnancy. In India cumin is given to new mothers in puddings and other dishes for increased lactation. It is diuretic, stimulant, astringent, emmenagogic, and antispasmodic. It is helpful in dyspepsia diarrhoea and hoarseness. It helps to cure colic pain. It relieves swelling of the body, especially of breast or testicles, if used in a poultice.

Nutritional Values


Value per 100g
11.900 gm   
18.700 gm   
15.000 gm   
5.800 gm   
12.000 gm   
36.600 gm   
356.000 K cal
1080.000 mg   
511.000 mg   
11.700 mg   
 Vitamin C
522.000 µg    
0.550 mg   
0.360 mg   
2.600 mg   
3.000 mg   
1065.000 mg   
Minerals & Trace Elements
 Phytin Phosphorus
475.000 mg   
126.000 mg   
980.000 mg   
0.710 mg   
1.020 mg   
2.660 mg   
153.000 mg   

Source: National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad, India.

Tips for StoringCumin Seeds

  • Buy and store your cumin seseds in whole form. Grind cumin seeds in a grinder or mortar & pestle just prior to use.

  • Cumin seeds should be stored in airtight containers in a cool dark place.

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