Cumin is one of the healthiest spices on earth because it contains the compound curcumin. Cumin was able to kill up to 7 strains of H.pylori in one study. H. pylori is closely linked with stomach ulcers and may be linked with stomach cancers also. This is promising for those strains that have become resistant to antibiotics. Another study shows it can kill Staphylococcus aureus, which is the most common bacteria that causes staph infections. It also killed Candida albicans, which can cause fungal infections especially in people whose immune systems are compromised. Cumin can also kill some food borne bacteria like E-coli. This is similar to the anti bacterial effect of Oregano.
In one study, Cumin was able to prevent lab animals from developing liver and stomach cancers. In another study done on mice, Cumin was able to stop the growth and even prevent pancreatic cancer from forming.
Cumin is a very good spice for your brain. Like Turmeric, Cumin can help improve and slow the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms by removing some of the plaque-like beta amyloid proteins that block neurons in the brain from communicating with each other.
Cumin can help with your digestion. It is routinely prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine for digestive problems. It can also improve your circulation so it can also help with libido in both men and women. It also helps when you’re sick with the flu.
To sum up what Cumin is capable of, one journal article put it like this:
“[Cumin] has analgesic, anesthetic, antiaggregant, anti-allergic, antiasthmatic, antibacterial, anticancer, anticataract, antidiabetic, antiepileptic, antiflu, antihypertensive, anti inflammatory, antimutagenic, antiseptic effects.”
Esiyok D, Otles S, Akcicek E. Herbs as a food source in Turkey. Asian Pacific Journal Of Cancer Prevention: APJCP. July 2004;5(3):334-339.
Try to get a little Cumin in your diet 2-3 times per week. You can add it to virtually any dish and even drink it as a tea or even as a tea with other spices like Coriander seeds.