Cuminum cyminum or ‘jeera’ is a plant native to India and east Mediterranean.
The seeds of this plant are used popularly as a spice in Indian cuisine.
Therapeutically it is used as a herb in the traditional system of medicine to treat digestive, respiratory, gynaecological disorders, eczema etc.
Cumin possesses various pharmacological properties such as antioxidant, antibacterial, antidiabetic, anticarcinogenic etc.
A recent study proves that regular intake of cumin can have a beneficial effect on weight loss and related metabolic parameters. Its effect on weight was comparable to that of orlistat 120 – a standard drug used in obesity treatment.
What happened in the study?
In the clinical trial participants were randomly assigned to receive either of the following treatments thrice a day for 8 weeks:
- Group 1: Cumin cyminum L capsules
- Group 2: Orlistat 120 capsules
- Group 3: Placebo
Weight, blood glucose and insulin were measured at week 0 and at the end of 8 weeks.
What was the outcome?
Cuminum cyminum L capsules caused a significant decrease in weight in comparison to placebo. Similar weight loss was observed in group 1 as in group 2.
Additionally Cuminum cyminum capsules led to a significant reduction in insulin when compared to the other two groups.
How did this occur?
Cumin is a proven anti-diabetic agent. Hyperlipidemia (elevated fat levels in blood) is a complication associated with diabetes. Cumin is found to act against it.
Cumin reduces body weight, cholesterol and free fatty acids. It is found to affect the activity of enzymes involved in fat metabolism at tissue level.
What does this mean?
According to the study, consumption of Cuminum cyminum for 8 weeks caused weight loss and its effects were similar to orlistat 20.
It also beneficially regulated insulin metabolism which was an added advantage over orlistat.
Consumption of cumin can help you in attaining your weight loss goal without any side effects which would be seen in orlistat. So next time you are whipping up a meal be sure to include cumin seeds.