Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a flowering plant in the parsley family which produces a fruit that contains aromatic seeds which are dried and used as a spice, they are usually ground into a powder and used in curry.
C. cyminum fruits reduce the risk of, or delay the development or recurrence of, cancer.
Cuminum cyminum L. essential oil supplementation can improve some antioxidative indices in the body.
Cuminum cyminum L. essential oil supplementation increased superoxide dismutase (a very important antioxidant defense in the body) and total antioxidant capacity while decreasing malondialdehyde (a highly reactive compound that is a marker for oxidative stress).[2:1]
Cumin has been shown to have a beneficial effect on lipid profile.[2:2]
Disease / Symptom Treatment
Cumin powder (along with a weight reduction diet) showed improvement in anthropometric and biochemical parameters in overweight/obese women.[2:3]
- Cumin powder significantly reduced weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat mass and its percentage.[2:4]
Cumin powder reduced serum levels of fasting cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL and increased HDL.[2:5]
Flavonoids especially luteolin-7-O-glucoside play a significant role in cytotoxic effect of C. cyminum fruits and can be introduced as candidate for chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic drugs.[1:1]
Title: Cuminum cyminum fruits as source of luteolin-7-O-glucoside, potent cytotoxic flavonoid against breast cancer cell lines
Publication: Taylor & Francis Online: Natural Product Research
Date: December 2018
Study Type: Human Study: In Vitro
Author(s): Saied Goodarzi, Mir Javad Tabatabaei, Razieh Mohammad Jafari, Farzaneh Shemirani, Saeed Tavakoli, Mansur Mofasseri, and Zahra Tofighi
Institutions: University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran; Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Title: Effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women
Publication: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Date: October 2014
Study Type: Human Study: In Vivo
Author(s): Roghayeh Zare, Fatemeh Heshmati, Hossein Fallahzadeh, Azadeh Nadjarzadeh
Institutions: Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Iran
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