Did you know you can use cumin for weight loss and get some awesome results?
It sounds a little crazy but it’s totally true. There are more and more studies coming out proving just how effective cumin is for helping you lose weight.
Combined with eating a clean diet you can fully expect to lose weight just by adding some cumin to your diet. Researchers believe cumin helps to reduce fat cell accumulating in your body thus reducing your overall weight and lowering your body fat percentage.
Cumin can also help to kickstart your immune system while naturally detoxing your body. It really is quite the powerful super spice.
How Cumin Helps You Lose Weight
Cumin is in the same plant family as caraway, parsley and dill. It’s originally grown in Egypt and it’s very common in India, Africa, Asia and Latin America cuisines.
You can use cumin both as a seed and in powder form as it adds a lot of flavor to foods with its nutty and peppery taste.
It was once more widely used than today as a replacement for black pepper. Centuries ago black pepper was much more expensive and harder to come by than cumin. Nowadays that trend has flipped upside down as most people never really seem to eat any cumin.
A study of 78 men and women by the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism found cumin to be as effective as the prescription drug Orlistat for weight loss without any of the nasty side effects.
The trial lasted 8 weeks and resulted with those taking cumin losing 2-3 pounds, which was better than the group taking Orlistat.
Using Cumin For Weight Loss Results
A BIG study proving the effectiveness for using cumin for weight loss was conducted by Complimentary Therapies In Clinical Practice with 88 overweight/obese women taking 3 grams of cumin a day for three months.
The group taking cumin in their yogurt resulted in significant reducing of LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides, weight, BMI, waist circumference (belly fat), and fat mass. Oh yeah, and HDL (good) cholesterol was improved too.
The cumin group had decreased their body fat percentage by 14.64% while the control group only lowered theirs by 4.91%. Keep in mind both groups receiving counseling on losing weight too so it’s likely both groups were eating healthier overall.
The researchers theorized the cholesterol lowering effect of cumin is from the compound glycoside saponins, which is a compound proven to be beneficial for weight loss.
Cumin Helps To Balance Blood Sugar Levels
One of the biggest causes of weight gain is out of whack insulin levels.
This happens from eating too many sugary and carbohydrate rich foods spiking your blood sugar. This results in large amounts of the hormone insulin to be released.
This leads to insulin resistance resulting in weight gain, higher body fat percentages, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
Cumin can increase how sensitive your cells are to both insulin and glucose ensuring your body responds well to them.
When this happens your body won’t constantly be craving more sugary and carb rich foods to satisfy its demand for more insulin.
A 2010 study by the Food Chemistry & Toxicology found cumin could lower blood sugar on par with the antidiabetic prescription drugs containing glibenclamide.
They also found cumin was effective at lowering stress and inhibiting the negative metabolic processes in your body that lead to diabetes.
Another study at Shahid University found taking cumin powder lowered triglycerides 23 points and nearly 10 more points off the groups LDL cholesterol levels.
The researchers also found cumin reduced:
- Fasting cholesterol
- LDL Cholesterol
- Waist circumference
- Fat mass
- and increased HDL Cholesterol
There’s no doubt taking cumin can help you lose weight by helping to balance out your blood sugar levels preventing chronic health problems.
See my other article on using cinnamon for weight loss for another powerful spice for helping to balance your blood sugar.
You can try taking a carb blocker before high glycemic foods to better stabilize your blood sugar levels too.
Cumin Is Antioxidant Rich
Most people don’t know how strong an antioxidant such as cumin can be for helping to lower inflammation and prevent disease.
Cumin prevents absorption of harmful cholesterol in your digestive tract helping you losing more weight.
Cumin, along with other powerful spices, has been found to increase your metabolic rate allowing your body to burn more calories than it normally would.
Using cayenne pepper for weight loss is another powerful super spice that can raise your metabolism.
The high amount of iron found in cumin could also be responsible for helping to improve your digestive system.
Iron helps your body produce more energy more effectively while carrying a healthy supply of oxygen to all your tissues.
Another fun tip is how effective cumin can be at relieving gas and diarrhea. It’s been used for centuries as a natural remedy to relieve these painful systems in your gut.
If your stomach is gassy then it’ll appear bloated and make your belly bulge out farther than it really should be. Eating more cumin can help to reduce this belly bulge.
Cumin The Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
If you have any gut problems it could seriously effect your ability to properly digest and absorb the nutrients in the foods you’re eating.
This can lead to your body increasing your hunger so you can eat more food to get back those lost nutrients. This inevitably results in you eating more and more calories causing your weight to go up.
Cumin helps you to better digest your food as it helps to reduce the inflammation in your body and gut.
When your intestines are inflamed they do a poor job of absorbing nutrients and digesting foods.
This is why its so important to make sure your gut health is in check and eating more cumin can help to do this.
If your body has too much inflammation it can cause you to gain weight. This is why using cumin for weight loss is so important.
Cumin Can Help Fight Cancer
Even though I wouldn’t go so far as to say eating cumin can cure cancer it can definitely help to prevent and fight it off.
This study found cumin to be an effective anticancer compound.
Researchers theorize cumin helps to prevent cancer cells from multiplying thus stopping the growth of cancer dead in its tracks.
A 2008 animal study by the Experimental Biology and Medicine found cumin seeds helped to prevent bone loss in postmenopausal osteoporosis as effectively as estrogen.
But unlike estrogen, eating cumin seeds didn’t promote any weight gain or increased the risk of cervical cancer.
You can also use cumin oil as an antimicrobial. Generations have used cumin oil to fight off bacterias from their body to prevent diseases.
Cumin Boosts Your Digestive System
If you suffer from Irritible Bowel Syndrome (IBS) you’ll be happy to hear cumin can be effective at treating this disease.
This study found cumin to be so effective at reversing IBS researchers hope patients will be able to use it as a viable alternative to expensive medications they can’t afford.
The aroma and taste of cumin seeds can activate the salivary glands in your mouth telling your body its time to get your digestive engines going.
It’s thought the compound thymol found in cumin is responsible for stimulating the glands that secrete acids, bile and enzymes in your digestive tract for the proper digestion of foods.
In most cultures cumin is also combined with other spices in popular dishes such as fenugreek, ginger, black pepper and turmeric. For more on using turmeric for weight loss check out my other blog post.
All these combined super spices has a powerful effect on your digestive system helping it absorb more nutrients.
Cumin Helps You Sleep Better
Cumin has been prescribed for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for curing insomnia and sleep deprivation.
If you’re not getting enough sleep then you can fully expect for your body to respond with increased stress levels. More stress in your body means it’ll also release the hormone cortisol causing your body to store more belly fat.
This study found those who didn’t get enough sleep were more likely to eat more calories throughout the day as their willpower diminished significantly compared to those who had enough sleep.
Studies have found cumin to have anti-stress and relaxation properties that can also help to improve your memory and concentration skills.
Eating more cumin can inhibit stress-induced biochemical changes in your body based on the dose taken.
How Much Cumin For Weight Loss
You don’t need a ton of cumin in your diet to expect to lose weight as most studies only use a few grams a day.
3 grams of ground cumin will equal about 3 teaspoons. You can simply mix it into your foods or quickly mix it with water along with other spices for a powerful weight loss drink.
There are a ton of different ways you can get more cumin into your diet such as:
- sprinkling a few tsp onto your veggies
- use it when you make hummus
- add to plain brown rice
- toast cumin seeds, grind them up in a pistol and mortar, and sprinkle over your foods
- make a quick cup of cumin tea
- use it to add some kick to your guacamole
As you can see using cumin for weight loss is quite effective and can give you additional health benefits than just dropping weight.
The good news is eating cumin is considered highly safe and even non-toxic in larger doses. You also don’t have to worry about any of the negative side effects that come with diabetes fighting prescription drugs.
Just eating cumin alone probably isn’t going to result with you losing a ton of weight.
But it should be used with a highly effective diet and workout plan like my Flat Belly Formula system.
Then you’ll have a powerful combination that’ll turn your body into a fat burning machine.
Eating more cumin will help you to lose weight while getting a ton more health benefits just from using this powerful super spice.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he’s a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) by American Council on Exercise. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college levels. He has over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He strives to bring inspiration and results for people to live healthier lives through smart diet and exercise.