10 Unexpected Side Effects of Cumin Seeds

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 25, 2015

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Love the tinge of cumin seeds in your food? You should. After all the seeds add flavour and aroma to every dish. But, there can be some side-effects associated with excess consumption of cumin seeds.
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    Did you Know?

    Imagining an Indian kitchen without cumin seeds is almost impossible. Cumin seed is a culinary herb that is native to Asia, locally known as jeera, caraway. It is actually a fruit of cumin herb. Cumin seeds are known to have many medical benefits but did you know that consumption of cumin seeds can have some side-effects too? Here are some unexpected side-effects of cumin seeds.

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    Cumin seeds are known for their gas-relieving properties but you will find it strange to know that the same seeds can be responsible for causing one of the common digestive problems: heartburn. Cumin seeds are known to facilitate the eviction of more gas into the gastrointestinal tract leading to heartburn.

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    The carminative effect of cumin seed may lead to excessive belching. Sometimes, the belching is referred to as burping which involves excess bloating and gas from the intestinal tract and stomach, making its way out through the mouth. At times, belching may have bad odour and characteristic sound. Although, it’s not a big problem, it can be embarrassing at times.

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    Liver Damage

    The oil present in cumin seed is highly volatile and can damage liver and kidney on consumption of large amount of cumin seeds for long periods of time. It is recommended to keep the consumption limited to moderate amounts.

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    Abortifacient Effects

    Cumin seeds may also have an abortifacient effect on women during pregnancy. Consuming large amounts of cumin seeds can lead to miscarriage or may induce labour. Pregnant women should stick to the diet as and when recommended by their doctor or nutritionist.

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    Narcotic Effects

    Cumin seed is also known to have narcotic properties and therefore, they should be consumed with caution. Other side-effects of cumin seeds include mental clouding, drowsiness and nausea. Excessive consumption of cumin seeds may trigger nausea and drowsiness.

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    Heavy Menstrual Cycle

    Consumption of cumin seeds in large amount can lead to heavy bleeding during menstruation. You should therefore, eat them in moderate amounts.

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    Low Blood Sugar Level

    Consumption of cumin seeds in large amounts can lower the blood sugar levels in the body. If you are heading for a surgery in the near future, it is essential to maintain blood sugar levels. Your doctor may advice you to stop consuming seeds at least 2 weeks before the surgery to control your blood sugar level during and after surgery.

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    Not Good For Diabetics

    Diabetes patients need to control their blood sugar level in order to have normal blood sugar level. Fluctuation in the blood sugar levels should strictly be avoided in diabetic patients. Cumin seeds may decrease your blood sugar levels quickly. Thus, people who have diabetes should avoid consuming them.

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    Not Suitable for Lactating Women

    Breastfeeding women should avoid consuming excessive amounts of cumin as it may lead to low production of milk. Although, this side-effect is not common to everyone, excessive amount of cumin in your diet can do more harm than good to your health. Considering the benefits of these seeds you should also not completely avoid eating them. Just keep the consumption to moderate levels. Image Courtesy: Getty

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