Like most spices, cumin contains a very high concentration of antioxidant compounds that provide numerous health benefits. Cumin health benefits have been used to promote well-being and treat various diseases and disorders for thousands of years.
Cumin helps to enhance immunity. It increases your metabolism and improves the absorption of nutrients throughout your body. Cumin is extremely helpful in preventing and treating digestive disorders and other related problems.
It's a little-known fact that spices (and herbs) such as cumin have far greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable source. Spices also contain a particularly wide variety of antioxidants as well, making them one of the top antioxidant foods around.
Antioxidants are nutrient compounds found in virtually all plant foods (and also manufactured in your body). The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, considered to be the primary cause of the aging process.
Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging. The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and many more.
Antioxidants work together, synergistically, and each one has its own specific characteristics and benefits. One antioxidant may work in places in the body where another one can't go, and neutralize free radicals that other antioxidants miss. Therefore, getting the widest variety of antioxidants is just as important as how much of any one antioxidant you get. See my page on how do antioxidants work? to learn more about this.
Cumin health benefits are extremely helpful in preventing and treating digestive disorders and other related problems. Cumin contains a compound that stimulates your digestive system to secrete bile acids and pancreatic enzymes that aid the digestive process. The benefits of cumin enhance the liver's detoxification enzymes, and acts like a natural laxative that can help in treating constipation.
Cumin also increases your metabolism and improves the absorption of nutrients throughout your body. Many herbal practitioners consider cumin to be an excellent natural body tonic.
Cumin health benefits include help in treating respiratory disorders. Because cumin contains aromatic essential oils which act as disinfectants, it makes an effective decongestive for people suffering from respiratory problem, including asthma and bronchitis.
Cumin is a very good source of iron, a mineral that plays many vital roles in the body. Iron is particularly important for menstruating women, growing children and adolescents, who all have increased needs for iron, as do women who are pregnant or lactating.
Cumin health benefits help to enhance immunity. With its abundance of vitamin C, vitamin A and essential oils, cumin increases your ability to fight infections. Cumin also contains dietary fiber and has stimulating, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
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Cumin health benefits are so numerous, ideally you'd want to have some every day. However, as with any herb or spice, you may find it impractical to include cumin in your meal plans that often. There's an easy way to accomplish this — by making yourself a fresh smoothie every day and adding some cumin and other spices to your recipe.
Fresh smoothies make for some of the most nutritious, delicious and easy-to-make meals you could imagine. They're a great way to get more of those "good for you" antioxidant-rich foods (that you may not get enough of) into your diet.
I personally use herbs such as basil, cilantro and parsley in my green smoothie recipes to give them more of the benefits of dark green leafy vegetables. Because they're so concentrated with antioxidants, you can use a much smaller amount than you would with other greens like kale or spinach, and they won't overwhelm the flavor of your smoothie recipe.
I don't stop there, either. I like to use other spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and others in my smoothie recipes, mostly for their added antioxidant benefits. Once they're blended in with all the other ingredients, you can't really distinguish any one particular taste. You just need to experiment a little to get the flavor just right for you.
To learn more about the art of making smoothies, skip on over to my page on how to make a smoothie the healthy way and learn all my tricks for making delicious and nutritious smoothies!
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If you want to get all of the health benefits of cumin, you'll want to stay away from typical supermarket brands. Most of them are irradiated in order to destroy microorganisms, bacteria, and viruses that might be present. Irradiation, however, damages the integrity of the spice — destroying vitamins, minerals, proteins and other beneficial micronutrients. Irradiation also creates more free radicals, just the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish by eating spices.
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