Cerasee Tea

19 Benefits that Make Cerasee Tea Irresistible

Cerasee

What is Cerasee?

Cerasee or Momordica charantia is an herb popular for its bitter green to yellow fruit. In the Middle East, the Carribean, and Africa, the plant is known as Cerasee, but in other parts of the world, this vine goes by many names – it is called Saint Cajetan’s Melon in Brazil, Corilla in Guyana, Ampalaya or Amorgoso in the Philippines, Pare or Paria in Indonesia, and plenty others. Although bitter, the Cerasee fruit is central to international cuisines due to the fruit’s health benefits and intense flavor. Cerasee is famous for its “warty” bitter fruit, which is initially green, but turns yellow with age.

This plant comes in several varieties, but the most common ones include the miniature fruit (common in India and Bangladesh), the Chinese variety (pale green, oblong with tapering ends, and a gently undulating warty exterior), and the India native variant (green and narrower with a more jagged surface). The crunchy, watery Cerasee fruit is often consumed or added in cooking when still green or as it begins to yellow, while its flat seeds are usually taken out and discarded in cooking. The Cerasee fruit can be eaten fresh (raw) or cooked – the fruit is used in stir-fry, soups, stews, dim sum, and in various traditional dishes. Apart from being included in international cuisine, the fruit is also used in making herbal teas and as a hops replacement in Chinese and Okinawan beers.

Apart from the fruit, Cerasee’s leaves and stems are also boiled for tea for their healing and detoxifying properties. Some cultures use Cerasee tea for blood sugar regulation, constipation, abdominal pains, and more. Aside from tea, Cerasee leaves and stems are also crushed and applied to the skin to treat insect bites and other skin problems.

Cerasee Benefits and Uses

Cerasee is used in many cultures as an herbal treatment to a couple of medical conditions and predominantly the plant has also been studied for its healing benefits. Here are some of the known uses for Cerasee:

Weight Loss: Cerasee has another potential application in weight loss, according to a published study in 2010. According to the study’s outcome, Cerasee was effective in reducing and suppressing lipid (fat) accumulation in the body by successfully regulating adipogenic transcription factors and adipocytokine gene expression. However, the study suggested that more studies need to be conducted for Cerasee’s formal use for human weight loss.

Diabetes: Possibly one of the most significant uses of Cerasee involves its application in diabetes treatment. Due to Cerasee’s hypoglycemic activity, studies all over the world were conducted for the plant for its use in diabetics, leading to the development of natural supplements containing Momordica/Cerasee for ailing patients. According to one 2013 review, there are abundant pre-clinical studies published supporting Cerasee’s hypoglycemic effects benefiting patients with diabetes. However, the same study also outlined the need for better-designed clinical trials to further establish Cerasee’s importance when it comes to diabetes treatment.

Acne: Due to Cerasee’s antibacterial properties, the plant is also involved in managing acne, especially cystic acne caused by bacterial pathogens. A Taiwanese study in 2015 studied the relevance of Cerasee (Momordica’s) bacterial-fighting ability against Proppionibacterium acnes (P.acnes), which is the primary bacterium responsible for causing treatment-resistant acne. According to the result of the study, Momordica extract effectively inhibited P.acne activity and concluded that the plant extract may be useful for managing inflammation caused by the bacterium.

Pregnancy and Abortion: Cerasee’s bitter taste led to the use of the plant as an abortifacient in several cultures. According to one review, due to the plant’s abortifacient properties, several cultures advise women to avoid consuming it. Apart from abortion, Cerasee’s seeds are also known to have antispermatogenic properties in males.

Skin: Ground Cerasee stems and leaves are usually applied to the skin for its healing properties, hence its use in many skin diseases. Other traditional uses for this plant also suggest Cerasee tea’s blood purifying capabilities, which lead to clearer, rejuvenated skin. While other traditions prevent pregnant women to consume the plant because of its abortifacient properties, some cultures encourage its consumption for the infant’s clearer skin.

Cancer: Research studies strongly back-up claims for Cerasee as a use for cancer treatment. Some studies suggest that the Cerasee extract is able to control breast cancer by inhibiting cancer cell growth and encouraging cancer cell apoptosis (cell death). For that reason, Cerasee extract may be used as a supplement for breast cancer treatment or prevention. Apart from breast cancer, Cerasee is also being studied for its efficacy in other cancer types including prostate cancer, melanoma, choriocarcinoma, human bladder carcinomas, Hodgkin’s disease, and skin tumors.

Stimulant: Besides being a potential cancer treatment, Cerasee is also considered as an appetite stimulant. The detailed use for Cerasee as an appetite stimulant is not outlined, but the plant has a long history in Chinese medicine and also in traditional medicine as treatment for stomach infections.

Antioxidant: Research suggests the use of Cerasee as an antioxidant given its leaf, stem, and fruit extracts high potential for free radical scavenging activity. According to one 2008 study, the leaves showed the highest antioxidant activity based on its ferric reducing power and DPPH radical-scavenging activity; on the other hand, the Cerasee fruit extract exhibited the highest antioxidant activity in terms of hydroxyl radical-scavenging activity, beta-carotene-linoleate bleaching assay activity, and total antioxidant capacity.

Another study from 2008 also concluded that Momordica or the Cerasee plant’s antioxidant activity contributes to its therapeutic benefits in traditional medicine.

Detox (Cleanse): Due to the antioxidant activity of Cerasee (Momordica), the plant is traditionally used for detoxification. The researchers studied the effects of cadmium in the liver, but also found out that Cerasee’s methanolic leaf extract has great potential when it came to liver damage prevention. Cerasee’s antioxidant activity and its detoxifying property were able to limit cadmium’s supposed liver damage properties.

Clean Urine (To Pass Drug Tests): Cerasee tea is also believed to help in cleansing urine to pass drug tests because of it’s blood purifying and detoxifying properties. However, there is still not enough proof that will suggest Cerasee’s overall effectiveness in detoxifying urine for various types of drug tests.

Chikungunya: Cerasee is also thought to assist in fighting off infections and viruses like the Chikungunya. According to common Jamaican culture, Cerasee helps purge the blood, hence increasing the body’s capacity to fight off viruses and other foreign pathogens, including the Chikungunya virus.

Eczema: Cerasee leaves and stems are ground to paste and are used to alleviate skin conditions like eczema in patients. Historical evidence in traditional medicine suggests the use of Cerasee in treating several ailments including skin diseases like eczema, according to a 2004 study. Although more evidence is still needed to establish Cerasee (Momordica) for skin treatments, early studies for the plant have had promising results.

Herpes: Cerasee is also used in treating other viral infections such as herpes. Studies reveal that its extract is also able to effectively fight off viruses like the herpes simplex virus, the one responsible for most genital herpes. It is also said that Cerasee extract is more effective than the renowned antiviral drug Acyclovir in killing off herpes simplex strains resistant to the antiviral drug.

Flu: Another traditional use of the Cerasee (Momordica) is for flu treatment. Various cultures believe that bitter fruits like Cerasee have strong healing properties, hence its use for flu treatment in individuals. The plant may have been effective in managing flu symptoms given its strong antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, as supported by countless research studies about the plant.

Cold: Given Cerasee’s antiviral properties, Cerasee tea and Cerasee fruit is also believed to help relieve colds in patients and assist in faster recovery of individuals with colds and flu. Research, on the other hand, attests to Cerasee’s benefits in fighting off viral infections, hence its possible application in quicker cold recovery.

Hair Growth: Some suggest the use of Cerasee in hair loss – according to traditional treatments, Momordica juice should be mixed with a dash of sugar as a paste for the scalp. This will help to naturally reduce hair loss.

Yeast Infection: Bacteria is responsible for yeast infections and since Cerasee’s extract is known for its antibacterial properties, the plant is also studied for its applications in treating yeast infections. According to one study published in 2010, Cerasee (Momordica) extract had promising results when it came to managing yeast-induced pyrexia in rats. Researchers recommended the further study of Cerasee extract for yeast infection, pyrexia, and analgesia.

Liver: Cerasee fruit, tea, and extract are believed to have detoxifying properties relevant to liver maintenance. Studies strongly support the potential of Momordica for liver maintenance, as it was able to prevent liver damage as seen in several studies. As a result, liver supplements with Momordica are available in the market and are aimed at helping prevent liver damage and disease.

Cerasee Dosage

Since Cerasee is not yet a drug, there is no fixed recommendation for its dosing in patient use. However, suggested use for diabetics is 50 to 100 mg of Cerasee juice daily or 900 mg of Cerasee fruit 3 times a day. Traditional medicine suggests that Cerasee tea intake should also be limited to one or two cups a day. Also, according to traditional Jamaican use, Cerasee use should be given a 9-day break to prevent possible liver damage.

Cerasee Side Effects, Safety, Dangers and Warnings

Although the Cerasee plant is highly recommended as a whole, warnings also exist for this plant’s use, especially for pregnant women. Since Cerasee is used as an abortifacient, pregnant or lactating women should avoid consuming Cerasee fruit or tea. Individuals are also warned about this plant’s possible antifertility actions in individuals, especially men.

Apart from abortifacient and antifertility effects, the plant is also associated with cases of hypoglycemic comas in children taking Cerasee tea, atrial fibrillation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and headache.

For safety purposes, it is always wise to consult with the doctors first before using Cerasee for medical conditions and before taking Momordica-based supplements, especially when patients who will use the plant are currently with other prescription medications.

How to make Cerasee Tea?

Since Cerasee tea is rich in Vitamin A, C, phosphorous, and alkaloids, and hosts a multitude of benefits for the body, Cerasee fruit consumption or leaves/bush brewing is prevalent in most cultures. To make Cerasee tea, you will need 10 cups of water, a handful of dried or green Cerasee, and a teaspoon of sugar. After washing the dried or fresh Cerasee, it is placed in a pot with the water and subjected to high heat until the water becomes only a cupful. When the Cerasee tea is reduced, the tea is strained and sweetened to taste. Alternatively, pre-made Cerasee tea bags can be purchased online or locally depending on their availability.

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What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like yogurt. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems.

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Guacamole

  • 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin / caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

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Avocado

12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado

The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit.

Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats.

Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health.

Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana (1).

This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole.

These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties (2).

There are many kinds of avocados, and the shape (from pear-shaped to round) and color (from green to black) can vary between them. They can also weigh anywhere from 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).

The most popular type is called Hass avocado.

It is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive because it tends to be shaped like a pear and have green, bumpy skin… like an alligator.

The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded.

Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving (3):

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat. I personally don’t think that matters, but this is one of the reasons they are favored by many “old school” experts who still believe these things are inherently harmful.

BOTTOM LINE:Avocado is a green, pear-shaped fruit often called an “alligator pear.” It is loaded with healthy fats, fiber and various important nutrients.

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas

Potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of (4).

This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells and serves various important functions.

Avocados are actually very high in potassium… with a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving containing 14% of the RDA, compared to 10% in bananas, which are a typical high potassium food (5).

Several studies show that having a high potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure (6).

BOTTOM LINE:Potassium is an important mineral that most people don’t get enough of. Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels.

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Again, avocado is a high fat food.

In fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence.

But they don’t just contain any fat… the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.

This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects.

Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer (78910).

The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.

BOTTOM LINE:Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart healthy” fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health benefits of olive oil.

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber

Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.

Fiber is indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases (111213).

A distinction is often made between soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is known to be able to feed the friendly gut bacteria in the intestine, which are very important for the optimal function of our bodies (14).

A 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving of avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount.

About 25% of the fiber in avocado is soluble, while 75% is insoluble (15).

BOTTOM LINE:Avocados tend to be high in fiber, about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world (16).

It is known that several blood markers are linked to an increased risk.

This includes cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood pressure and various others.

The effects of avocado on some of these risk factors has been studied in 8 human controlled trials.

These are studies where people are split into groups… one group is instructed to eat avocados, while the other is not. Then researchers see what happens to their blood markers over time.

These studies have shown that avocados can (17181920212223):

  • Reduce total cholesterol levels significantly.
  • Reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%.
  • Lower LDL cholesterol by up to 22%.
  • Increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by up to 11%.

One of the studies showed that including avocado in a low-fat vegetarian diet led to improvements in the cholesterol profile (24).

Unfortunately, all of the human studies were small (13-37 subjects) and short-term (1-4 weeks), but the results were impressive nonetheless.

BOTTOM LINE:Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.

One study looked at the dietary habits and health of people who eat avocados.

They analyzed data from 17,567 participants in the NHANES survey in the U.S.

Avocado consumers were found to be much healthier than people who didn’t eat avocados.

They had a much higher nutrient intake and were half as likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that are a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes (25).

People who ate avocados regularly also weighed less, had a lower BMI and significantly less belly fat. They also had more HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.

However… correlation does not imply causation and there is no guarantee that the avocados caused these people to be in better health.

Therefore I don’t think this particular study carries much weight.

BOTTOM LINE:One dietary survey found that people who ate avocados had a much higher nutrient intake and had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

7. The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods

When it comes to nutrients, the total amount of them is not the only thing that matters.

We also need to be able to absorb them… move them from the digestive tract and into the body, where they can be used.

Some nutrients are “fat soluble,” meaning that they need to be combined with fat in order to be utilized.

This includes vitamins A, D, E and K… along with antioxidants like carotenoids.

One study showed that adding avocado or avocado oil to either salad or salsa can increase antioxidant absorption by 2.6 to 15-fold (26).

So… not only is avocado highly nutritious, it can dramatically increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are eating.

This is an excellent reason to always include a healthy fat source when you eat veggies. Without it, a lot of the beneficial plant nutrients will go to waste.

BOTTOM LINE:Studies have shown that eating avocado or avocado oil with veggies can dramatically increase the amount of antioxidants you take in.

8. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes

Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves.

This includes nutrients called Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are incredibly important for eye health (2728).

Studies show that these nutrients are linked to a drastically reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which are common in the elderly (2930).

Therefore, eating avocados should have benefits for eye health over the long term.

BOTTOM LINE:Avocados are high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

There is limited evidence that avocado may be beneficial in preventing cancer.

One study showed that it may help reduce side effects of chemotherapy in human lymphocytes (31).

Avocado extract has also been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells (32).

However, keep in mind that these studies were done in isolated cells and don’t really prove anything about what happens in a living, breathing human.

BOTTOM LINE:Some studies in isolated cells have shown that nutrients in avocados may have benefits in preventing prostate cancer, and lowering side effects of chemotherapy in some cells.

10. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are many types of arthritis, and these are often chronic problems that people have for the rest of their lives.

Multiple studies have shown that extracts from avocado and soybean oil, called Avocado and Soybean unsaponifiables, can reduce symptoms of arthritis of the bones, called osteoarthritis (3334).

Whether avocados themselves can have this effect, and not just the extract, remains to be seen.

BOTTOM LINE:Studies have shown that an extract from avocado and soybean oils can significantly reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.

11. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight

There is some evidence that avocados are a weight loss friendly food.

In one study, people were split into groups. One group was instructed to eat a meal that contained avocado, the other a similar meal without avocado.

Then they were asked a series of questions related to hunger and satiety.

The people eating the avocado felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours (35).

If this holds true in the long-term, then including avocados in your diet could help you naturally eat fewer calories and have an easier time sticking to a healthy diet.

Avocados are also high in fiber, and very low in carbs, two attributes that should also help promote weight loss, at least in the context of a healthy, real food based diet.

Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods.

You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain.

They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with various other ingredients.

A notable mention is guacamole, which is arguably the most famous use of avocados. It includes avocado along with ingredients like salt, garlic, lime and a few others depending on the recipe.

An avocado often takes some time to ripen and it should feel slightly soft when ripe. The nutrients in avocado can oxidize soon after fleshing it, but if you add lemon juice then that shouldn’t happen as quickly.

If you’re serious about adding avocado to your diet, then I highly recommend that you watch this video about how to pick, prepare and eat avocados.

At the end of the day, avocados are an awesome food. They’re loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet.

They are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and… last but not least, taste incredible.

What more could you ask for in a food?

Caraway Seeds

6 Proven Health Benefits of Caraway Seeds

Caraway seeds are typically used as a popular spice to add flavor and punch to a variety dishes. Their warming, peppery flavor and fragrance make them a firm favorite in traditional European cuisine especially in the Mediterranean region.

Scientifically known as Carum carvi, caraway seeds belong to the Umbelliferae family of plants which also includes other well known spices like fennelcumin, anise and dill.

It is unsurprising therefore that caraway seeds, much like their other family members, confer a variety of health benefits to give your cooking and your health the boost it needs.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARAWAY SEEDS

1) DIGESTIVE HEALTH

We have already mentioned what a great source of dietary fiber caraway seeds are. Adding sufficient fiber to your diet is vital for proper digestive function. It can help settle the stomach and stave off common stomach problems including indigestion, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

The fiber found in caraway seeds helps add bulk and mass to the food you have consumed as it passes through the digestive tract making it easier to pass through the body before being excreted. They are also useful if you are one of the many people suffering from chronic stomach conditions like IBS.

2) WEIGHT LOSS

Foods which are high in fiber are not only good for your digestive health but they are also believed to be good for the waistline. In the case of caraway seeds, there is scientific evidence to back up the belief.

Recent research conducted in Malaysia found that an extract made from caraway seeds helped participants not only to lose weight but also body fat and BMI.

The study was done using 70 female volunteers who were either obese or overweight but otherwise in good health. The women were separated into groups and either treated with caraway seed extract or given a placebo for 90 days. Apart from being given caraway no changes were made regarding diet or exercise.

By the end of the trial, those who took the caraway extract had lost an average of over 6 pounds compared to a slight weight gain among the placebo group. People in the caraway group also experienced considerable improvements in BMI, body fat percentage and an increase in muscle mass.

Those in the group given caraway also saw a two inch reduction in waist circumference. (1)

3) HEART HEALTH

Foods which are rich in fiber like caraway seeds can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the body. Reducing overall and LDL cholesterol in turn reduces your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. The natural antioxidants found in caraway seeds also play a vital role in cardiac health by neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals.

4) MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

Many women suffer from extreme cramps during their period as the uterine wall contracts to shed its inner lining. While many women find relief in pharmaceuticals, there are a number of more natural treatments available that may just relieve their spasms. One of the purported uses of caraway seeds is to help women overcome the pain of spasms during menstruation.

It is a safe and natural alternative treatment and is so easy to do that it is certainly worth trying.

  1. Just add a teaspoon or so of caraway seeds to a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep.
  2. After ten or so minutes, strain the seeds away , flavor with some honey and drink up.

5) SLEEP

For the millions of people suffering from poor sleep patterns or insomnia, caraway seeds may provide a natural solution. The reason that you may get some comfort from caraway seeds is that they are high in magnesium which is linked to better quality and duration of sleep.

They also help to regulate your metabolism which can also help you to overcome sleeping issues. Try a cup of caraway tea before bed and see if it helps.

Apart from the uses listed above, caraway seeds are used for respiratory issues especially to clear coughs. They are also used to sweeten the breath and combat gum disease. An essential oil made from caraway can be applied topically to improve the appearance of the skin, scalp and hair.

HOW TO CONSUME CARAWAY SEEDS

Caraway seeds are available the year round in either seed or ground powder form. After buying your seeds, you should store them in a cool and dark area where they should keep well for a number of months.

Caraway seeds have a sweet, warm pepper like aroma and are a popular spice in Mediterranean cuisine. You will find a number of recipes which call for caraway or you can simply experiment and try them in your own recipes.

Caraway seeds can be used on bread, biscuits and even sprinkled on cheese or salad.

To improve your digestion or deal with menstrual pain, you can chew on the seeds but the most effective and satisfying way to take them is to make a caraway tea.

  1. Simply bring a cup of water to the boil, add a heaped teaspoon of caraway seeds and allow the mixture too steep for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Strain, sweeten as desired with honey and drink up several times a day.

WHAT ARE CARAWAY SEEDS?

Caraway grows profusely all around Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Western Asia. It is a biennial herb that blooms every other year with white or cream colored flowers. The caraway plant which grows to a height of two feet bears seeds which appear very similar to cumin seeds.

The seeds are dark brown, crescent shaped with several stripes running along the surface. The plant is harvested early in the day, bundled and allowed to dry under the sun before the seeds are threshed and extracted manually or with a machine.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Caraway seeds are extremely healthy and nutritious. They contain a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals and also act as a natural antioxidant. If you are wondering why you should be eating caraway seeds, here are some facts that may persuade you.

  • Caraway seeds contain loads of important dietary fiber. A 100 gram serving of these seeds contains a whopping 38 grams of fiber which is 100%..that’s right 100% of your recommended daily allowance of fiber. For those of you who feel you need to increase your fiber intake, look no further than the caraway seed.
  • Caraway seeds get their distinctive flavor and fragrance from chemical compounds called caveoles and carvones. These chemical compounds are largely responsible for several of the medicinal properties of the spice including its antioxidant, carminative and digestive properties.
  • Caraway seeds are a great source of diverse minerals including copper, potassium, iron, calcium, selenium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
    • We all know that calcium has bone benefits while iron and copper are essential for the body to produce red blood cells.
    • Potassium helps our heart work effectively and to maintain both healthy blood pressure and steady heart rate.
    • Zinc has a number of important functions in the body including growth, development, digestion and sperm production.
  • Caraway seeds also provide you with a number of very important vitamins including several of the the B family of vitamins, vitamins A, C and E.
  • Caraway seeds are not only eaten. An essential oil is also made from the plant with a wide variety of health benefits. The essential oils made from caraway contain numerous chemical compounds such as limonene, pinen, carveol, thujone and aldehyde. These compounds have been well studied and are known to have many therapeutic actions including antioxidant activity and digestive benefits.
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