CUMIN SEEDS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits:

1.  Cumin seeds contain numerous phyto-chemicals that are known to have antioxidant, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. The seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber.

2.  Its seeds contain certain health-benefiting essential oils such as cuminaldehyde (4-isopropylbenzaldehyde), pyrazines, 2-methoxy-3-sec-butylpyrazine, 2-ethoxy-3-isopropylpyrazine, and 2-methoxy-3-methylpyrazine.

3.  The active principles in the cumin may improve gut motility and help in digestion by augmenting gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions.

4.  This spice is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

5.  The spice also contains very good amounts of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and other vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

6.  The seeds are also rich source of many flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, zea-xanthin, and lutein.

Minerals:

Nutritive value per 100 grams

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

375 Kcal

19%

Carbohydrates

44.24 g

34%

Protein

17.8 g

32%

Total Fat

22.27g

74%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

10.5 g

26%

VITAMINS

 

 

Folates

10 µg

2.5%

Niacin

4.58 mg

28.5%

Pyridoxine

0.435 mg

33%

Riboflavin

0.32 mg

24.5%

Thiamin

0.628 mg

52%

Vitamin A

1270 IU

42%

Vitamin C

7.7 mg

13%

Vitamin E

3.3 mg

22%

Vitamin K

5.4 µg

4.5%

ELECTROLYTES

 

 

Sodium

1788 mg

38%

Potassium

68 mg

11%

MINERALS

 

 

Calcium

931 mg

93%

Copper

0.867 mg

96%

Iron

66.36 mg

829%

Magnesium

366 mg

91%

Manganese

3.3 mg

145%

Phosphorus

499 mg

71%

Zinc

4.8 mg

43.5%

PHYTO-NUTRIENTS

 

 

Carotene-ß

762 µg

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Crypto-xanthin-ß

0 µg

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Lutein-zeaxanthin

448 µg

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