Scientists have acknowledged Bitter Cumin’s use to reduce fever or as a painkiller.The spice is used extensively in traditional medicine to treat a range of diseases from vitiligo to hyperglycaemia. Its is also considered be antiparasitic and antimicrobial.
A new study shows the spice has high levels of antioxidants which are thought to mop up the over production of free radicals in oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is linked to disorders like atherosclerosis, neural degenerative disease, inflammation, cancer and ageing.
Seeds from Bitter Cumin have now been shown to be a rich source of phenolic antioxidants.
The research, published in BioMed Central’s journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, says that the spice “offered complete protection against DNA damage”.