As we all know, cumin is one of the spices that has been used since generations, across cultures. It is also one of the first spices that is introduced to babies. Cumin is an ancient spice / herb, with loads of traditional and medicinal benefits. Based on traditional and scientific findings, here are the major reasons why babies should be given cumin
- Boosts Digestion
- Boosts immunity
- Anti-viral / bacterial
Boosts Digestion – babies are known to have a fragile digestive system and might be difficult to digest protein rich foods, like beans. That’s where cumin comes in handy, it has the ability to increase the production of pancreatic enzyme, which in-turn helps in improving digestion. Babies, as a part of growing up pick and eat off the floor and many a times than not, they end up having diarrhea. Cumin also has qualities to help with diarrhea. It is also great for colic and gassy babies.
Boosts Immunity – Cumin is also a good source of Vitamin C, which helps improve immunity. It helps ward off fungal, antiviral and antibacterial infections. Drinking water boiled with cumin helps maintain the immune system in the long run. This traditional spice is also a good source of dietary fiber and iron.
Anti-viral / bacterial – Here is another great benefit of cumin, it also helps in killing bacteria. An anti-bacterial compound present in cumin, known as cumin-aldehyde helps fight anti-fungal activity. As babies pick and eat off the floor, they easily attract good and bad bacteria in the process. With regular intake of this age-old traditional spice can keep these infections at bay.
Cumin also has other benefits that helps in preventing conditions like hypercholestrimeya (fat in the blood), weight loss with less evidences. It also helps in medical disorders like controlling blood sugar level in diabetics , promotes or helps in lactation and is also rich in iron. Using cumin in various forms like spices, powder, seeds in roasted or soaked form provides great relief to our body.
Few different usages of cumin in our daily diet could be
1. Salad dressing.
2. Drink soaked cumin water early morning helps in weight loss and acidity.
3. Roasted Cumin powder in beverages like buttermilk, fresh fruit juices, jeera water or Jal- Jeera, different soups and kashayam as traditional antioxidant drink.
4. Seasoning with cumin gives traditional aroma to our food
5. Use Cumin in snacks and chats
6. Cumin powder and pure ghee with lukewarm water helps in gastritis and digestion.