Monday March 25, 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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Tai Chi: An art of Health and Wellness

Tai Chi for health institutes the same philosophy towards the wellness of the body.

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Tai chi is a form of martial arts that circles in the philosophy of yin and yang to increase the qi or chi (which means life force of an entity) through gentle and graceful movements. Pixabay

Martial art has always been an art that kept our jaws dropped; the swift hand movements, graceful yet tricky foot works and the journey to find inner peace. Tai chi is a form of martial arts that circles in the philosophy of yin and yang to increase the qi or chi (which means life force of an entity) through gentle and graceful movements. That’s right, no breaking of bones or repeated punching of the opponents. Although it originated as a martial art, now Tai Chi for health is being exercised by over 2 billion people worldwide.

Since the global promotion of the health benefits of Tai Chi in the early 20th century, the majority interest has shown inclinations more towards personal wellness rather than defense training.

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The philosophy of Tai Chi martial art is centered on the attitude that by using hardness to resist a force, the injury is done on both sides. Pixabay

Philosophy of Tai Chi

Its principles are drawn to softness, patience, yielding, balance, tranquility and centeredness. The manifestation of all these aspects allows one to master Tai Chi.

The philosophy of Tai Chi martial art is centered on the attitude that by using hardness to resist a force, the injury is done on both sides. Instead, one should meet the opponent in its softness and follow its motion until the incoming force is exhausted. Surprisingly the lesson is to defeat strong with pliable.

Tai Chi for health institutes the same philosophy towards the wellness of the body.

Why is Tai Chi practiced for a healthy life?

This ancient Chinese art is based on three aspects: body (jing), energy (chi) and spirit (Shen). You are not practicing on body alone but on energy too, a well-combined exercise of meditation and movement. In China, people believe that Tai Chi can delay aging and prolong longevity. This exercise is adaptable to any age groups.

People are turning to Tai Chi to improve their health for its gentle and non-strenuous applications which has shown a positive effect on balance, flexibility, muscle strength and relieving stress. It has also significantly reduced pain and minimised the degree of depression in some cases.

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Tai Chi helps to calm the mind inducing a sound sleep to sleep-deprived fibromyalgia patients. Pixabay
  •    More balance: We do not always fall because we stumble on something, but our body normally stays out of balance when we are not mindful. Tai Chi can help in reducing falls by correcting our posture. This is potentially beneficial to help in reducing elderly people from falling and tripping often.
  •    Chronic heart failures: Though there are no definite conclusions that this therapy acts as a preventive measure against cardiovascular diseases it is evident that practicing Tai Chi is an advantage in keeping checks on one’s blood pressure and heart rates.
  •    Reduction of chronic pain: A significant impact has been recorded to improve chronic pain by arthritis. A twelve-week course demonstrated bettering the stiffness and pain symptoms of the knee caused by osteoarthritis.
  •    Reduced signs of fibromyalgia: Adhering to its philosophy of tranquility the practice of Tai Chi helps to calm the mind inducing a sound sleep to sleep-deprived fibromyalgia patients. This therapy also improves other symptoms like anxiety, numbness, headaches, fatigue, concentration and memory problems.
  •    Stress buster: Stress is one of the most common and deadliest silent killers regardless of age. Practicing Tai Chi has been found to make stress go away. There is no direct record of reduction of stress, but subject studies have shown that mental control helped in distracting the mind to give attention elsewhere.
  •    Seated Tai Chi: Good news for those who cannot exercise because they are confined to wheelchairs and also for those who are bound to work chairs. Without getting up, you can relieve yourself from stress, improve oxygen intake, balance blood pressure and build muscle strength. This technique involves stretching the upper body gently along with slow and graceful movement of the arms.

Patience Therapy

If your strength is perseverance, then you are already halfway through the course because this is a slow and challenging exercise. It may take years for you to get into the principles of healing through this therapy completely.

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Practicing Tai Chi has been found to make stress go away. Pixabay

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And if you are impatient, you could start looking forward to attaining one of Tai Chi’s principles which are ‘patience’ and move forward in completing the full course.

One can always have faith in this ancient practice because there is a plausible explanation as to why it still has a profound impact on human well being. The Tai Chi for Health Institute offers a good place to learn and teach Tai Chi martial arts therapy.