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10 Unexpected Side Effects of Cumin Seeds

Everyone loves cumin seeds in the food. Especially, the fragrance of it's 'tadka' enhances the levels of hunger. Cumin seeds are also one of the medicines for the people troubled with gastric-issues. But as everything has pros and cons, cumin seeds h

Healthy Diet By Tavishi Dogra / Mar 25, 2015

Did you Know?

Cumin seeds unexpected side effects: Can you imagine your kitchen with cumin seeds? You could easily find the difference in your dal or sabzi if it doesn't have the fragrance of 'jeera' in it. No 'tadka' of 'cumin seeds' is just equal to tasteless food. Belonging to North or West India, you could easily find several uses of 'cumin seeds' in the cookhouse. Cumin seed is actually a fruit of cumin herb. 'Jeera' has numerous health benefits too, but it has some disadvantages. There are always two sides of the coin, so here we bring you some negative points of 'jeera'.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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