Friday December 6, 2019

The magical things Cumin seeds (jeera) do to your body

Cumin seeds, whose scientific name is Cuminum cyminum, not only makes a dish flavorful but is also healthy

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Cumin seeds (jeera), Wikimedia Commons

By Pashchiema Bhatia

Cummin (Botanical name: Cuminum cyminum). Jeera in Hindi.

Cumin seeds ( Hindi: Jeera )  are mostly associated with Mexican and Spanish foods but it is widely used as a traditional spice of Indian cuisine. Indian food is popular for using spices which not only add flavor to dishes but also nutritional value. The distinct flavor of cumin makes it favorite of many but its health supporting properties are much more impressive.

Nutritional Values of Cumin

  • Iron- 16%
  • Manganese- 7%
  • Copper- 4%
  • Calcium- 4%
  • Magnesium- 4%
  • Vitamin B- 13%
  • Phosphorus- 3%

Benefits of Cumin

  1. Helps in digestion process

It improves the energy production and metabolism and stimulates the production of some essential pancreatic enzymes which is necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation. The presence of thymol and other essential oils stimulate the salivary glands hence helping in proper digestion.

  1. Prevents Cancer

In some lab research, Cumin was found effective in preventing cancer due to its high antioxidant content and the ability to enhance the liver’s detoxification enzymes.

Cummin (Cuminum cyminum). Jeera in Hindi. Wikimedia Commons
Cummin (Cuminum cyminum). Jeera in Hindi. Wikimedia Commons
  1. Improves Immunity

Do you know that 100 grams of cumin contains 11.7 milligrams of iron? Being a good source of iron, Cumin seeds not only keep the immune system healthy but also prevent anemia. The effective anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of cumin seed, boosts your immunity and helps to fight infections like cold and asthma.

  1. Beneficial for Pregnant women

Pregnant women deal with a lot of pregnancy symptoms like nausea and constipation. Cumin acts as a remedy in relieving constipation and improving the digestion process. It also increases the milk production without any side effects due to its high iron and calcium content.

  1. Weight loss

Cumin is rich in antioxidants and phytosterols which inhibit the absorption of harmful cholesterol in the digestive tract and thereby helping in reducing weight.

  1. Enhance the memory

One study found that it prevents memory loss and the damaging effects of stress on the body. In Ayurveda, it is commonly used to treat patients suffering from amnesia.

  1. Regulates the blood pressure and heart rate

Due to its high potassium content, it helps in regulating cell production and also in maintaining the blood pressure and heart rate.

Although, these seeds look ordinary and but its benefits makes it unique and special. It’s not just because of its flavor that it got so much significance in Indian cuisine but also because of its health benefits.

Pashchiema is an intern at NewsGram and a student of journalism and mass communication in New Delhi. Twitter: @pashchiema5

  • Healthy me

    It is very fortunate to know the good benefits we can get of this seed. In constipation problem, it shows its effectiveness also. Speaking of constipation, this Digestic by Mimonis is very effective also in treating that problem. It does a very good job in getting me out of the constipation that is why I am highly relying on it.

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  • Healthy me

    It is very fortunate to know the good benefits we can get of this seed. In constipation problem, it shows its effectiveness also. Speaking of constipation, this Digestic by Mimonis is very effective also in treating that problem. It does a very good job in getting me out of the constipation that is why I am highly relying on it.

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Study: Friend Circle More Predictive of your Overall Health and Wellness than Fitbit Watches

According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress

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The authors found that positive social relationships, social support and social acceptance help shape the development of self-esteem in people over time across ages four to 76. Pixabay

To get a better reading on your overall health and wellness, you should be better off looking at the strength and structure of your circle of friends, says a study. According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress.

“What we found was the social network structure provides a significant improvement in predictability of wellness states of an individual over just using the data derived from wearables, like the number of steps or heart rate,” said the study lead author Nitesh V. Chawla, a researcher of Indian origin from University of Notre Dame in the US.

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Fitbit watches have sensors that get information from air temperature and humidity, but also from the physiological response of the individual in that environment. Pixabay

For the study, participants wore Fitbit to capture health behaviour data — such as steps, sleep, heart rate and activity level and completed surveys and self-assessments about their feelings of stress, happiness and positivity.

The research team then analysed the data, using machine learning, alongside an individual’s social network characteristics, including degree, centrality, clustering coefficient and number of triangles.

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According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress. Pixabay

The study showed a strong correlation between social network structures, heart rate, number of steps and level of activity. According to the researchers, social network structure provided significant improvement in predicting one’s health and well-being compared to just looking at health behaviour data from the Fitbit alone.

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For example, when social network structure is combined with the data derived from wearables, the machine learning model achieved a 65 per cent improvement in predicting happiness, 54 per cent improvement in predicting one’s self-assessed health prediction, 55 per cent improvement in predicting positive attitude, and 38 per cent improvement in predicting success.

“This study asserts that without social network information, we only have an incomplete view of an individual’s wellness state, and to be fully predictive or to be able to derive interventions, it is critical to be aware of the social network structural features as well,” Chawla said. (IANS)