Cumin tea has many beneficial effects on the body, and it’s worth including it in your daily diet.
Jeera tea – or cumin tea – is a traditional Indian drink made with Roman cumin (Cuminum cyminum) and has many beneficial effects.
It aids digestion, improves memory, is full of antioxidants and gives you energy – just a few of the properties you may have known about it so far, and that’s not all.
The effects of cumin tea
Jeera tea brew stimulates insulin production, which can help stabilize blood sugar levels and also inhibit fluctuations and the associated bingeing. The compound called thymoquinone in Indian cumin has anti-inflammatory properties and supports the detoxification process.
It has also been shown to have a weight-loss effect in a study of 88 women. The participants were divided into two groups; one group was given 3 grams of cumin in their yoghurt daily, the other group was given plain yoghurt. It was found that those who consumed cumin lost more weight by the end of the trial.
Another study looked at the same effect. Some of the subjects who consumed 75 grams of cumin extract a day lost an average of 1.4 kilograms more weight and a higher percentage of body fat than those who took a placebo.
Cumin can also help to lower cholesterol levels, lower triglycerides in the blood and reduce LDL cholesterol, which is considered ‘bad’, by 10%, the trial involved participants taking a daily dose of cumin for a month and a half. Because cumin is also rich in iron, it is effective against fatigue and anemia, and its digestive properties also help relieve bloating, stomach ache and other digestive disorders.
Ingredients for cumin tea
- 1 teaspoon Indian cumin
- 250 ml water
Spoon the cumin seeds into a saucepan, heat over a low heat for a few seconds until fragrant, then pour in 250 milliliters of water and bring to the boil. After boiling, cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Strain and drink while still warm.
Drink the tea before breakfast to get the most out of its beneficial effects.