Caraway is one of the most popular spices used in cuisines all over the world. Apart from interesting taste, it has many valuable properties, thanks to which hard to digest meals become much softer for our digestive system. And what value does caraway have in the field of weight loss? Let’s check it out!
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Caraway – application
Cumin is a very aromatic, commonly used spice, which often appears in dishes which are heavy and bloated, for example, based on beans, cabbage or fatty parts of meats. When added to such dishes, it promotes good digestion, counteracts bloating, abdominal pain, feeling of fullness and similar discomforts.
Caraway (Carum carvi) is abiennial plant, commonly found in Asia and Europe, including Poland. It blooms in May and its fruit ripens in July. This is also when the caraway is harvested. In its wild state, caraway can be found on roadsides, meadows, baulks and pastures. We can also grow it in our own garden, but we must keep in mind that it is a plant with high requirements. It needs a sunny position, fertile soil, rich in calcium, with a high degree of humidity, well weeded.
Caraway is also grown on an industrial scale and the raw material obtained from it, the caraway fruit, is used in culinary arts and herbal medicine. The caraway fruit is also used to produce caraway oil, which is valued in aromatherapy and used for massages and therapeutic inhalations.
In its composition we can find many valuable substances, including essential oils (carvone, limonene, carweol), as well as flavonoids (quercetin, kemferol), organic acids (including caffeic acid), protein and sugar compounds.
Cumin – health properties
Cumin is mainly associated with the elimination of digestive ailments, and no wonder – in this field it is a real specialist. It helps with excessive intestinal fermentation and intestinal colic. It stimulates the production of digestive juices, regulates intestinal peristalsis, facilitates food digestion. It acts antispasmodically, relieves abdominal pain and discomfort in the digestive tract after eating heavy and fatty food. Reduces such inconveniences as flatulence, gas, constipation, belching, nausea. It has cholepoietic, diuretic and slightly diuretic effects.
Caraway also shows a number of other properties, among others, stimulates lactation, so it is interesting for nursing mothers. It is also worth mentioning the anti-inflammatory effect of cumin, soothing sinus infections and anti-microbial. Applied externally, cumin oil helps fight infections caused by fungi, bacteria, parasites.
Caraway for weight loss
The use of cumin (and cumin oil) by people losing weight can bring a whole host of benefits both in terms of weight reduction and improving appearance. How? Let’s start with the benefits for the aesthetics of the figure. Rubbing caraway oil into areas affected by cellulite, we get the effect of improving skin firmness and elasticity, its smoothness and reduction of orange peel. Our figure will also benefit if we regularly consume cumin. This herb eliminates bloating and stimulates intestinal work, so it will help us get rid of large, protruding abdomen, give us a sense of lightness and contribute to slimmer waist area.
Reduction of abdominal circumference and cellulite reduction by cumin is one thing, and the effect on fat burning is another. Cumin fruit improves the process of digestion of food, as well as the nutrients contained in it. It speeds up metabolism, including fat metabolism, helps in lowering the level of bad cholesterol, contributes to reducing the concentration of lipids and sugar in the blood. Moreover, it improves the process of removing metabolic by-products from the body. All these properties influence the limitation of further accumulation of fat tissue and more active decomposition of the already accumulated fat.
However, we should remember, that cumin for slimming does not work alone. For optimal effects, we should combine its use with a slimming diet and physical activity. We can also support ourselves with a good fat burner.
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Caraway seeds for slimming – how to consume them
How to eat or drink cumin for weight loss? Actually, you can do it in many ways, from drinking infusions to adding it to smoothies. The basic method is to frequently add whole or ground cumin seeds to dishes, such as one-pot meals, meats, rice and pasta dishes, as well as salads, baked goods. However, cumin does not go with everything and not every day can be added to lunch or dinner.
If we want cumin to actively support the process of losing weight, it is necessary to use it regularly and in slightly larger amounts than those sufficient for seasoning dishes. Here are the most common ways to consume cumin for weight loss:
- Drinking cumin infusions
- Drinking caraway-ginger tea
- Adding cumin to dairy products
- Adding cumin to smooth
– pour 1-2 tablespoons of crushed cumin fruit over boiling water (about 300 ml). We brew under a lid for several minutes. Drink about half a glass of warm infusion 2-3 times a day. You can also add chamomile or mint to cumin.
– a teaspoon of crushed caraway seeds pour a glass of hot water, add some grated ginger. Drink after meals. We can also add a little cinnamon, lemon juice or honey.
– put a teaspoon of ground cumin into buttermilk, kefir or yogurt, drink.
ies – Blend selected vegetables and fruits together with a tablespoon of cumin into a smoothie and drink.
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