Cumin is an ingredient of curry, but it can be used also as a spice in order to give more flavor to dishes. Cumin contains antioxidants, it protects the stomach and the liver with an anti-cancer effect and it has important digestive and carminative properties against abdominal bloating and to stimulate the activity of pancreas and the correct assimilation of food. This spice has also anti-inflammatory properties and is very useful in order to heal illnesses of the respiratory tract. In addition to this, cumin is also a source of iron, important in case of anemia or during menstrual cycle, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Cumin is also able to improve the metabolism by helping to lose weight. You can eat cumin by adding it to salads, but you can prepare also a herbal tea, helpful in case of cough and cold: infuse 10 gr of cumin in one liter of boiling water, strain and drink up to 10 cups a day. Avoid cumin if you suffer from liver illnesses or if you are taking hormone therapy or drugs that induce photosensitivity.