Cumin (Cuminum cyminum L) is a leafy plant that grows low to the ground in China, India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean region. The fruit of the plant is called the cumin seed, and it’s popular all over the world as a spice. Cumin has become the subject of medical research, as anecdotal evidence claims it has all kinds of health benefits.
Most of cumin’s claimed benefits have to do with your digestion, immune system, and circulation. Some benefits of cumin can be demonstrated with clinical studies, while some remain hard to prove.
People use cumin for many conditions, including abnormal levels of cholesterol or blood fats (dyslipidemia), obesity, and many others, but there is little scientific evidence to support these uses.
In spices, foods, and beverages, cumin is used as a flavoring component. In other manufacturing processes, cumin oil is used as a fragrance in cosmetics.