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Cumin is a herb, which is mostly associated with Mexican and Spanish foods, though it is also widely used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking.

What is cumin?

Cumin The seed and herb have a distinct flavour and is considered as a favourite and its supporting properties are quite impressive too! Going by the scientific name Cuminum Cyminum, it belongs to the Apiaceae family and flourishes in hot summer weather conditions and in sandy and fertile soils. The seeds are greyish-yellow, oblong and have vertical ridges on its outer surface.

Brief history

The small seed is known to have originated in Egypt around 5000 years back where it used as a spice and also in mummification processes. The powder of the herb is greenish brown in colour, is pungent and also slightly sweet. It is also traditionally used in medicine as a diuretic and is used as a natural remedy to several gastric discomforts such as flatulence.

Nutritional facts about cumin

Cumin is rich in iron and manganese and also contains other vitamins and minerals. A study shows that it can stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes and can successfully aid in digestion. Cumin also acts as a protective aid against memory loss and minimises the damaging effects of stress. It contains anti-oxidants and is effective in increasing an individual’s sensitivity to insulin and therefore beneficial to diabetics. Besides iron, the seed is also known to be an excellent source of:

  • Potassium

  • Manganese

  • Copper

  • Calcium

  • Selenium

  • Zinc

  • Magnesium

  • Other vitamins

  • (a). E, A and C

  • Antioxidants

  • (a). Carotenes

  • (b). Zeaxanthin

  • (c). Lutein

  • B-Complex vitamins

  • (a). Thiamin

  • (b). B-6

  • (c). Niacin

  • (d). Riboflavin

Benefits of cumin for hair growth

REGROWZ has a reason to incorporate cumin into its formulation.

Health benefits

In general, cumin in beneficial for health in the following ways:

  • Digestion: Cumin contains an organic compound called Cuminaldehyde that is an essential oil component responsible for facilitating digestion.

  • Haemorrhoids: Constipation adds to infections and wounds in the anal tract. Cumin contains essential dietary fibre that has anti-fungal, anti-microbial and carminative properties, which act as natural laxatives.

  • Diabetes: It helps in the prevention of hypoglycaemia.

  • Respiratory disorders: Caffeine is a stimulating agent, which also acts as a decongestant. Cumin contains richly aromatic oils and caffeine that loosen accumulated phlegm and successfully address asthma, bronchitis, etc.

  • Others: Cumin also prevents insomnia, common cold, boots lactation in new mothers, helps anaemic patients and improves concentration and cognitive malfunction.

Hair and scalp benefits

  • Cumin is extremely effective in the treatment of skin disorders. Its vitamin E content helps in skin care and maintenance of skin health.

  • Cumin contains several nutrients that are beneficial for the hair. It replenishes your hair system and gives it a shiny look.

  • Cumin can combat hair loss and thinning of hair

  • The oil extract is a wonderful stimulant and a diuretic. It effectively aids in the treatment of dandruff.