Caraway seeds are typically used as a spice to add a sweet, earthy flavor and punch to a number of dishes. Their peppery flavor and fragrance makes them a speciality in the local European cuisine. Botanically known as Carum carvi, these seeds hail from the Umbelliferae family which also includes other common spices like fennel, cumin, anise, and dill.
Adding sufficient fiber to your diet is vital for proper digestive function. It can help settle the stomach and alleviate common stomach problems including indigestion, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. The fiber found in caraway seeds adds bulk to the food as it passes through the digestive tract making it easier to pass through the body before being excreted. This property is especially useful in case of chronic illnesses like IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).
Foods which are high in fiber are good for shedding any extra pounds you’ve put on. Recent research found that caraway seeds help lose weight and also body fat and BMI.
Foods which are rich in fiber can help reduce LDL/ bad cholesterol levels in the body. Reducing overall and bad cholesterol, caraway seeds reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. The natural antioxidants found in it also play an important role in heart health by neutralizing the free radicals.
Some women suffer from extreme menstrual cramps. Many of them treat it with painkillers and antispasmodic chemical formulations. Caraway seeds naturally help women overcome the pain during menstruation. It is a safe, herbal and natural alternative. Just mix a tsp f caraway seeds in a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep. In some time, strain the seeds away, add some honey and drink up.
For people suffering from sleep apnea or insomnia, caraway seeds may be a natural remedy. They are rich in magnesium which is associated with better quality and longer duration of sleep. They also help to regulate your metabolism which can also help you in overcoming sleep related issues. Try a cup of caraway tea before bed to achieve some good sleep time.
Apart from the benefits listed above, caraway seeds are also used for respiratory issues, cold, cough etc. They can clear phlegm and cough and are also used to get rid of bad breath and fight gum diseases. Caraway essential oil can be applied directly to improve the appearance of the skin, scalp, and hair.