The most common herb in Indian households, ajwain comes with several benefits. Ajwain seeds, also known as carom seeds, come in greenish to brown colour with a bitter and spicy taste. In Sanskrit, it is named Ugragandha.
Ajwain is primarily grown in India, Bengal, Punjab, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Egypt. It is generally used as whole seeds, but in some dishes, ajwain powder is preferred. Moreover, it has been used for years as a medicinal spice to reduce gastric troubles and acidity.
1. Health Benefits Of Ajwain Powder/Seeds
2. How do Ajwain Powder/Seeds Helps To Reduce Weight?
3. How Much Ajwain To Take In A Day?
4. Is Ajwain Safe To Consume?
5. Dietitian’s Recommendation
6. The Final Say
There are several benefits of ajwain. A few of them we have listed below:
According to a study,” Ajwain helps in controlling the cholesterol level in the body.”
So, it takes the bad cholesterol away from the body and helps to overcome obesity and other lifestyle issues. Therefore, your health stays stable for a longer time.
Ajwain has very potent antibacterial and antifungal properties due to the presence of carvacrol and thymol, which prevents the growth of bacteria.
Test-tube studies show that these compounds may combat potentially harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli and Salmonella; culprits of food poisoning and other health conditions.
A few studies indicate that the ajwain’s compound, thymol works as a calcium channel blocker. Therefore, traditional treatment involves the use of ajwain
as medication. These blockers prevent calcium from entering your heart's cells and relax and expand blood vessels.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ajwain may help to relieve pain and swelling. You can apply ajwain powder mixed with water or oil on the bump for some time, or add seeds into hot water and bathe with it.
Ajwain allows the mucus to discharge efficiently to prevent nasal blockage and helps to treat the common cold. Along with that, it helps to manage bronchitis and asthma. Simply inhaling some ajwain covered in a cloth will help to reduce headache and blocked nose.
Applying ajwain paste or ajwain oil can reduce toothache. Moreover, gargling ajwain water can also balance oral hygiene and work as a good mouthwash. Inhaling the ajwain powder/seeds while roasting it or adding it to steaming hot water and inhaling the steam can help to lower ear aches.
Applying ajwain paste on the skin and keeping it for 10-20 minutes may help to fade your scars. Moreover, it helps to reduce the bacteria which cause acne and reduce the occurrence of acne and pimples.
Ajwain helps to lower the bloating and gastric troubles that occur during periods and also helps to increase the flow for women having less flow in periods.
Ajwain is bliss for lactating mothers! It helps to boost milk production in them. It also heals the body internally post delivery.
For ages, ajwain has been used to cure indigestion issues. Moreover, some studies show that carom seeds extracts may combat peptic ulcers, which are sores of the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine.
Ajwain works as a miracle for the people trying to shed some pounds. Here are some ways to use ajwain for weight loss.
Ajwain has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to boost immunity. Also, honey contains vitamins, amino acids and minerals to promote the production of certain hormones, which helps to curb cravings and reduce appetite to prevent overeating. You can drink this water every day in the morning for better results.
Ajwain boiled in water helps to reduce gastric troubles by increasing the quality of digestion and boosting immunity. Moreover, the lukewarm water will help to speed up the metabolic rate and burn fat faster.
The mixture of fennel powder, ajwain powder and cinnamon work excellent for burning fat faster and reducing acidity and gas.
1. For moderate constipation, you can make a concoction of 1 tsp ajwain powder/seeds + 1 inch grated ginger + 1 tsp fennel + 1 tsp chia seeds, and a little bit of turmeric powder in 1 litre of water. Boil them together for 5 minutes and drink this water a day for at least 2 days, and you can get rid of moderate constipation, gas and bloating.
2. For severe constipation, mix 1 spoon of fresh aloe vera gel or edible aloe vera gel from the market and add 1 tsp of ajwain powder or seeds. Mix well and eat with 1 glass of warm water for 2-3 days. You will indeed find a difference in your bowel movement.
For many people, ajwain works excellent for digestion, constipation and other stomach issues. But, at the same time, some groups get acidity by consuming ajwain in any form.
No such evidence has been found that consuming ajwain can hamper pregnant women or infants facing any congenital disabilities or miscarriages. However, some women do not consume ajwain in their diet while pregnant. Therefore, pregnant women should consult a doctor before consuming.
Ajwain has been considered the most used medicinal spice in India for ages. It has proven its potential in curing gastric issues, constipation, bloating and many more. However, a pinch of ajwain added to food items works magic to the flavour.
If I talk about my client experience, many people suffer from constipation which leads to not feeling fresh throughout the day and a slower metabolism. Therefore, I recommend using ajwain powder or seeds to eliminate constipation and gastric troubles.
-Dietitian Akshata Gandevikar
Ajwain has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and has shown positive effects in reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure management by curing peptic ulcers. It also helps in arthritis to lower inflammation and swelling, toothache, headache and the common cold. Ajwain is considered safe for people if consumed in small quantities.
1. Why is Ajwain considered good for digestion?
Ajwain powder/seeds can help promote the smooth flow of stomach acids, which aids digestion, gas and bloating.
2. Can ajwain Seeds/powder cause diarrhoea?
Ajwain contains laxative properties, which should be consumed and controlled to avoid diarrhoea.
3. Can ajwain induce periods?
Yes, the mixture of jaggery and Ajwain in warm water helps to induce periods and also helps to reduce bloating and cramps.
4. Can ajwain cause acidity?
Excess consumption of Ajwain may cause acidity, burning sensation, and mouth ulcers.
5. Does ajwain help to lose weight?
Ajwain helps burn fat faster by speeding up metabolism and boosting immunity, promoting weight loss.
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