Does Cumin REALLY help with Weight Loss?

cumin seedThough  you’ve probably heard of cumin, I bet you didn’t know that it can help you with losing weight.

Add Cumin to your diet and you’ll get an increase in your metabolism, kick your immune system into better gear, naturally detox your body on a regular basis and burn fat way faster.

Known as Jeera in India, Cumin is very common in African, Indian, Asian and Latin American dishes and offers a wide variety of health benefits… both for physical and mental health.

Weight Loss – More effective than prescription drugs!

A recent study of 78 men and women showed Cumin as effective as prescription drug Orlistat (brand names alli or Xenical) for weight loss, without the nasty side effects (1).

Over the 8 week trial, those receiving Cumin lost an average of 2-3 lbs – better than those taking Orlistat.

Another recent research study at Shahid University tested women on a controlled diet who were given cumin powder vs placebo.

The women given cumin powder lost 3 more pounds, and decreased their body fat % almost 15% vs less than 5% for the control group (2).

The dosage tested was 3 grams – or about 1 teaspoon of cumin powder daily, mixed with yogurt.

Abdominal Fat Burning

Both of these studies showed that not only is cumin great at overall helping your body not to build and store fat, but it’s specifically good at targeting your abdominal fat.

Cumin is not a magic diet pill but it does appear to be as effective for weight loss as popular prescription diet drugs

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Why you haven’t heard about Cumin for Weight Loss

Its pretty simple really – Cumin is readily available at any grocery store, which means that:

1. Big Pharma companies can’t make huge dollars selling you a prescription

2. Scammers can’t tell you its a miracle pill and sell you their pills for $40 a bottle.

Its probably not as strong as Lipodrene, but research shows it is effective for weight loss, proven for thousands of years to have no bad side effects, and many other positive health benefits.

Other benefits of Cumin besides Weight Loss


Besides the 2 studies mentioned above, there have been numerous studies that demonstrate positive

Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides 

In the study at Shahid University, those taking cumin lowered their triglycerides 23 points and nearly 10 points off their LDL cholesterol levels (2).

Improve Mental Health with Cumin

Cumin is also beneficial to mental health,  and can help you improve your memory and sharpen your concentration skills (4).


sleepCumin has been prescribed for thousands of years to help alleviate insomnia.

Recent studies suggest the anti-stress and relaxation properties probably account for the long recognized  benefits as a sleep aid (4).

Digestive system

In Indian cuisine it’s commonly combined with a number or other spices, such as ginger, fenugreek, black pepper and turmeric powder.

This helps increase the effect that it has on your digestive system and helps your body absorb more nutrients, which in turn helps prevent your body from storing fat(6)

Cumin is an amazing source of iron, which is important for ensuring a healthy digestive system. It helps your body produce energy more effectively, carry a healthy supply of oxygen to the tissues in your body, and improves your immune system.

Arthritis, Asthma, and more

Cumin has also been proven to help those who suffer from arthritis, asthma and kidney disease.

Side Effects
This study of cumin (5) with subjects taking up to 20 grams of cumin daily showed it was “well tolerated with no significant adverse side effects.

Where to Buy

Virtually any grocery store will have Cumin in their spice section.

If you don’t want to carry a bottle around with you to sprinkle on your meals, you might try taking some capsules along.

They cost more than the powdered spice, but some people find the convenience to be worth it.

We did carry Cumin capsules in our store, but they are out of stock right now. The amazon product at left is the only other source we could find.

Final Thought: Add Cumin to your diet

In one of the studies demonstrating the best weight loss results, the test subjects mixed cumin powder in their yogurt, so that is a good option for many people.

You’ll need to carry some with you during the day since it works best taking it 3 times a day.

Just remember to take 500-1,000mg 3 times a day with a full glass of water before, or with your meals.







Cuminum cyminum extract attenuates scopolamine-induced memory loss and stress-induced.

Effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women.

Weight loss in animals and humans treated with “weighlevel”, a combination of four medicinal plants

One year sustainability of risk factor change from a 9-week 

The influence of different single dietary sources 

Methanolic extract of Cuminum cyminum inhibits ovariectomy