Research has found that cumin can help overweight people lose as much weight as those who took weight loss medications. In addition, cumin provided added benefits to insulin levels. If you need to drop some extra pounds, cumin may help naturally.
Cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) is an aromatic herb that belongs to the Apiaceous family, along with carrots, celery, and parsley. The fruit is the cumin seed, which is often ground and used as a spice in Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s also a key ingredient in the Indian spice garam masala.
Cumin has a warm, earthy spiciness and is used in curries and chilis. The seeds contain zinc, potassium, manganese, essential amino acids, and proteins, along with medicinal properties such as antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer effects.
Cumin has been used to treat digestive and nervous system disorders along with skin diseases, but one of its most promising applications relates to weight loss. In fact, this spice may work just as well as weight loss drugs.
Cumin is more effective than weight loss drug
In a study of 78 overweight people between the ages of 18 and 60, participants received one of three treatments: cumin capsules, placebo, or orlistat (brand names Alli and Xenical) three times a day for eight weeks.
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