Sign In
  • ENG

Cumin seeds -- a natural remedy for diabetes

Add cumin seeds to your food or drink cumin tea to reap its benefits!

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : September 1, 2017 12:50 PM IST

You can add a pinch of cumin seeds or dried cumin powder to your food to enhance its taste and flavour. But there's more to this miracle spice than just imparting a unique flavour to food. Drinking a glass of jeera water before meals can aid in digestion whereas drinking it around 2 hours before sleep can help you get a good night sleep. However, not many people are aware that cumin can help control diabetes.

How do cumin seeds help?

The antidiabetic potential of cumin seeds is attributed to the presence of thymoquinone, an active chemical component that protects the B-cells of the pancreas from oxidative stress. It also helps in increasing the production of insulin in the body, thereby aiding in keeping your blood glucose under control [1].

Also Read

More News

It most cases, cumin seeds are used as an adjuvant therapy along with oral medications in people with type 2 diabetes. A 2010 study [2] revealed that a dose of 2gm/day showed significant reductions in fasting blood glucose, post prandial blood glucose (2 hours post meals) and HbA1c without significant change in body weight.

How to take cumin seeds

You can add roasted jeera powder to dal, yoghurt or salad to include this spice in a diet. On the other hand, you can simply drink a glass of jeera water 30 minutes after meals every day to keep your blood glucose in control, suggests Luke Coutinho, M.D. Alternative Medicine and Holistic Nutritionist, who went live on FB to discuss the health benefits of jeera from weight loss to immunity.

If you are already taking medications for diabetes, then make sure you keep a tab on your intake of cumin seeds. This is because, excessive intake of cumin seeds can make your blood glucose too low or hypoglycemia, which could indicate a medical emergency. Also read about 6 common symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.


  1. Ahmad A, Husain A, Mujeeb M, Khan SA, Najmi AK, Siddique NA, Damanhouri ZA, Anwar F. A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 May;3(5):337-52. doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(13)60075-1. Review. PubMed PMID: 23646296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3642442.
  2. Bamosa AO, Kaatabi H, Lebdaa FM, Elq AM, Al-Sultanb A. Effect of Nigella sativa seeds on the glycemic control of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2010 Oct-Dec;54(4):344-54. PubMed PMID: 21675032.

Image Source: Shutterstock

Total Wellness is now just a click away.

Follow us on