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Caraway Seeds and its Health Benefits

April 12, 2017


Caraway seeds, scientifically known as Carum carvi is a spice commonly Caraway Seeds found in Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia. Having a similarity with cumin seeds in appearance, this spice grows once in every two years. It is usually harvested early morning and then bundled to dry in sunlight. Caraway seeds are readily available in the market throughout the year. They are recommended to be stored in cool, dark places in airtight containers and the uses of seeds over powder is advisable. Though the culinary uses of caraway seeds is widely known, its medicinal properties have not gained popularity. Few of the most prominent ones include the following.

  • Caraway seeds is a source for minerals like iron, calcium, manganese, zinc, selenium, copper, potassium and magnesium
  • It is also abundant in vitamins like Vitamin-A, vitamin-C, vitamin-E and Vitamin B-complex
  • It has antioxidants which can help protect the body from cancers and serious neurological disorders
  • It has the capacity to reduce cholesterol levels and aid in issues related to the heart
  • Caraway seeds can be extensively used as an anthelmintic, i.e., to kill hookworms in the stomach and keep it healthy
  • It is effective for issues related to stomach including bowel problems
  • It is helpful in treating menstruation related problems
  • It acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant
  • Besides, being effective in treating cough, it is also a solution for several oral problems including gum diseases and bad breath
  • Caraway oil is known to be a cure for acne, boils, wrinkles, skin pigmentation and inflammation
  • Caraway can also help get rid of scalp infections and reduce problems related to lice and hair loss

Despite bearing the health benefitting uses, it is wise to be cautious about the use of caraway seeds as in certain cases of pregnancy, diabetes and patients undergoing surgery, it might prove counterproductive. Therefore, judicious and cautious use of caraway seeds is advisable.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.