Losing weight is not an easy process, but there is a spice that can accelerate the process and prevent serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. This powder is widely available and studies are underway to discover its full potential.

The magic powder – cumin

Cumin is usually added to curry powder, and you can find it pre-packed as chili powder in most grocery stores. It can be used to prepare everything from tea to Indian curry.

Research on cumin

Recently, the University of Medical Sciences in Iran performed a study on 88 obese women in two groups that consumed the same amount of food and reduced their daily calorie intake by 500 calories. The first group consumed 5 ounces of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of cumin, and the results showed that this group lost three extra pounds compared to the other group after three months. Their body fat was also reduced by 15%, 3 times more compared to the other group.

Cumin health benefits

The study uncovered many health benefits of the spice. Cumin managed to reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels by 20 points in the cumin group, while the other group only experienced a 5-point drop. The risk of obesity and heart disease was also reduced in the cumin group besides the apparent weight loss.

Cumin can inhibit cholesterol absorption thanks to its phytosterol content, and it can also increase your metabolism rate, although temporarily.

Additional benefits

Here’s why you should add cumin to your diet:


Cumin reduces the risk of hypoglycemia.


Cumin relieves gasses and stomach ache while improving digestion.

Common cold

Cumin is a great source of vitamin C which can prevent infections and provide a boost to the immune system.


The spice has the ability to loosen the phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tract and clear the airways.


Cumin is a powerful relaxant that can certainly help you if you’re suffering from insomnia.

Cumin tea recipe


250 ml. water

1 teaspoon of cumin seeds


Add the cumin seeds in a pot and heat them on low heat for 10 seconds, then pour the water in and let the mixture boil. After it starts boiling, take it off the heat, cover it with a lid and allow it to steep for 5 minutes, before straining the tea and drinking it warm. You can add salt or honey to taste.

Try this amazing spice and enjoy its health benefits!