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Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)

The first reference of this spice was in ancient scripts written in Linear B at about 2000 BC. The Egyptians put cumin in the tombs of the Pharaohs and used it as a medicine in the treatment of lung diseases. The Romans knew its medicinal properties. Theophrastus and Dioscorides described it, while it was mentioned in texts of the Old and New Testament. In the Middle Ages, cumin was one of the most common spices, while in folk medicine the pulp seed was used for relief of orchitis and chilblains.

The beverage of cumin is believed to boost the heart and help to palpitations reduction, while acting anticonvulsants in colic pains. It is recommended for the treatment of anorexia as it is boosting the appetite. Moreover, its consumption reduces periods’ pains and stomach convulsions.

Greeks seem to have an unexplained love for this spice. Cumin can be used in soups, meat (any kind) and sauces. It makes a great combination when used in any kind of meatballs.

Health Benefits of Cumin

Learn AboutCuminBenefits Health Benefits Cumin seeds contain numerous phyto-chemicals that are known to have antioxidant, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. The seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber. A study by researchers at Mysore University in India explored the potential anti-diabetic properties of cumin. In this study, published in 1998 in the journal "Nutrition Research," [...]

Mythology – Cumin

Learn AboutCuminMythology Ancient Romans and Greeks used cumin medicinally as a digestive aid and in cosmetics to create a wan, pale, pallid complexion. In ancient Rome, cumin was not only a valued spice, but it was also a symbol of avarice and greed. In the more educated and discreet power circles of ancient Rome, Marcus [...]

Side Effects of Cumin

Learn AboutCuminSide Effects Cumin is likely safe when taken by mouth in food amounts and possibly safe when taken by mouth in appropriate medicinal amounts. The side effects of cumin are not known. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cumin if you are [...]

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