Chemically, raw Cumin seeds are a source of antioxidant nutrients, essential oils and phytochemicals that function to improve liver detoxification, improve digestion, boost immunity and aid in epithelial cell formation.
Liver protection & drug detoxification Naturopathically, Cumin is said to aid liver detoxification by lowering the metabolic heat. In addition, nutrients like vitamin C, carotene, iron, potassium, manganese and zinc are free radical scavengers; that function to reduce the oxidative damage thus aid in detoxification. Remedy – 1 tsp Cumin powder + rock candy powder consumed after meals
Improved digestion and assimilation Cumin seeds contain a compound called cuminaldehyde, which stimulates salivation and aids in the secretion of pancreatic enzymes that regulate digestion and absorption of the nutrients. It aids in the secretion of bile acids. It is carminative in nature and thus reducing flatulence. Remedy – ½ tsp cumin seeds chewed 30 minutes before meals
Respiratory Infections The presence of caffeine (the stimulating agent), and the richly aromatic essential oils (the disinfectants) make cumin an ideal anti-congestive combination for those suffering from respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It acts as an expectorant, meaning that it loosens up the accumulated phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate them from the system via sneezing or coughing up and spitting. By eliminating as much of the mucus and phlegm as possible, it can inhibit the formation of additional material and help to heal the initial condition that led to its formation in the first place. Remedy – warm cumin seed infusion consumed 2-3 times a day
Immunity Essential oils such as cuminaldehyde (4-isopropylbenzaldehyde), pyrazines, 2-methoxy-3-sec-butylpyrazine, 2-ethoxy-3-isopropylpyrazine, and 2-methoxy-3-methylpyrazine present in cumin exhibit strong antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. In addition, cumin is a rich source of vitamin C, an immune booster nutrient.
Haemopoiesis Nutrients like copper and zinc are essential catalysts for red blood cell synthesis; which is an essential component of an anti-carcinogenic treatment.