Weight Loss

8 Amazing Ways Jeera Water Helps You Lose Weight

Reviewed By Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ionut Ignat, (RDN, PHD, MD)
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ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition
8 Amazing Ways Jeera Water Helps You Lose Weight Hyderabd040-395603080 July 10, 2019

Jeera or cumin is a household spice used in various south-east Asian and Mexican cuisines. Apart from imparting a delicious, nutty flavor to food, jeera has many healthbenefits, one of which is weight loss. Drinking jeera water (jeera soaked in water) first thing in the morningworks wonders for your weight. Read on to know the science-backed benefits of jeera water for weight loss, how to prepare jeera water, and how much weight loss you can expect.

What Is Jeera Water?

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Jeera water is the solution you obtain after soaking cumin seeds in water overnight. Through the process of osmosis, the water enters the cumin seeds, and they swell up. The turgid cumin seeds then release the nutrients into the water. This imparts an earthy yellow color to the water.

Now, let’s get to the main point – how jeera water aids weight loss.

8 Amazing Ways Jeera Water Aids Weight Loss

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1. Low In Calories

One teaspoon of cumin seeds has 7 calories (1). If you drink cumin water, you will not consume too many calories. Hence, you do not have to worry about working out extra to burn those calories.

2. Scavenges Free Radicals

According to studies, cumin seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants and have the ability to scavenge the harmful free oxygen radicals (2). They are good sources of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants. They are also rich in the minerals copper and manganese, cofactors of the enzyme superoxide dismutase that is responsible for scavenging the free radicals.

3. Anti-Inflammatory Property

Cumin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties. A constant state of inflammation can lead to inflammation-induced obesity, and drinking jeera water or cumin water will help prevent that. Scientists have found that cumin seed oil prevents inflammation by blocking the crosstalk between the cells and inhibiting the signaling pathways (3).

4. Boosts Metabolism

If you have a low metabolic rate, your body will not be able to use up the sugar and fat. As a result, you will keep gaining weight. Cumin water or jeera water helps boost metabolism. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals that act as a cofactor for various metabolic reactions. Also, the water helps keep the cells turgid and active. Researchers have found that administering cumin and lime improved the metabolic rate, brought down the BMI of overweight participants, and improved the overall lipid profile (4).

5. Improves Digestion

Cumin or jeera water is known to aid digestion and improve bowel movement. Better digestion automatically improves the metabolic rate, leading to weight loss. Researchers found that cumin has a stimulatory effect on digestive enzymes and reduces bloating (5), (6).

6. Lowers LDL Cholesterol

LDL or bad cholesterol can make you prone to cardiovascular disease by forming plaque on the walls of your arteries. Scientists from Iran studied the effect of cumin on obese women and determined their body composition and lipid profile. After three months, the blood lipid profile was analyzed, which showed reduced levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It also helped slim down the waist circumference and lowered the body fat percent significantly (7).

7. Increases Insulin Sensitivity

Your body becomes insulin resistant when there is a constant spike in the blood glucose levels. And this can cause type 2 diabetes, PCOs, and infertility.  So, it is important that you keep your blood sugar levels in check. American scientists found that cumin essential oil helped reduce the blood glucose levels and increased insulin sensitivity, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes type 2 (8).

8. Hydrates

Hydration is key to weight loss. Drinking jeera water in the morning helps flush out toxins, improves bowel movement, rehydrates the cells to help function normally. This, in turn, accelerates the weight loss.

So, these were the 8 ways jeera water aids weight loss. But cumin water or jeera water is NOT a magic potion. Apart from drinking cumin water, you have to be on a diet that suits your lifestyle and must workout to lose weight. The main question here is, how much weight can you lose by drinking jeera or cumin water? Scroll down to find out.

How Much Weight Can I Lose With Jeera Water?

You may lose up to 10 pounds or 4.5 kg per month with jeera water. Your weight loss will depend on your current body weight, exercise routine, diet, medications, age, and sex.

Now, here’s how to prepare jeera water for weight loss.

How To Prepare Jeera Water

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It is best to make jeera water in a glass, stainless steel, or copper bowl. Cover it with a lid to prevent contamination.

To prepare jeera water, you need:

  • 2 teaspoons jeera
  • 1 cup water

All you have to do is:

How To Prepare

  1. Soak two teaspoons of cumin seeds in a cup of water overnight.
  2. In the morning, either drink this water directly or boil it for about 10 minutes, let it cool down to room temperature, and drink it.

You can also add other ingredients to your jeera water to make it more interesting and flavorful. Here are a few recipes:

Other Jeera Water Recipes For Weight Loss

1. Jeera Water And Lime

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ lime

How To Prepare

  1. Soak two teaspoons of cumin seeds in a cup of water overnight.
  2. In the morning, strain the water and add the juice of half a lime.
  3. Stir well and drink.

Benefit

Lime is a good source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. It will boost your immunity, flush the toxins out, and help maintain the body’s internal pH.

2. Jeera Water And Cinnamon

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon

How To Prepare

  1. Soak two teaspoons of cumin seeds in a cup of water overnight.
  2. In the morning, add the ground Ceylon cinnamon, and boil the water for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the water cool down. Strain and drink.

Benefit

Ceylon cinnamon aids weight loss by lowering the blood glucose levels and reducing stress.Try the following recipe:

3. Jeera Water And Apple Cider Vinegar

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

How To Prepare

  1. Soak two teaspoons of cumin seeds in a cup of water overnight.
  2. In the morning, strain the water and add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
  3. Stir well before drinking.

Benefit

Apple cider vinegar is effective in promoting weight loss as it reduces blood sugar levels, aids proper digestion, and prevents the absorption of fat molecules.

Now, the big question is when and how many times should you drink jeera water for weight loss. Let’s find out.

When To Drink Jeera Water For Weight Loss?

  • 1st cup – In the morning on an empty stomach
  • 2nd cup – 20 minutes before lunch
  • 3rd cup – 20 minutes after dinner

You must drink jeera water three times a day for effective weight loss.

You can also include jeera or cumin in your daily diet to improve digestion, prevent constipation, and induce weight loss.

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Cumin and yogurt taste great. In fact, you can use this combo as a salad dressing or have it for lunch or dinner. Here’s how to prepare it.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • A pinch of salt

How To Prepare

  1. Add yogurt, cumin powder, lime juice, and salt to a bowl.
  2. Mix well and have it for lunch.

Tip: You can add chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, cilantro or sprouts to the cumin and yogurt mix to make a delicious salad.

Ways To Add Cumin or Jeera To Your Diet

  • Add cumin seeds to your detox water.
  • Add cumin powder to salads, grilled chicken, fish, paneer, tofu, and curries.
  • Temper lentils with cumin seeds.

Tip: Make sure you don’t over burn them while cooking as that will destroy all the goodness of the cumin seeds.

It’s easy to incorporate cumin seeds into your diet and lead an obesity-free life. The best thing is that these seeds have many other health benefits apart from weight loss. Here are a few of them.

Health Benefits

  • Regular consumption of cumin seeds will reduce your digestive issues.
  • They reduce the risk of heart problems.
  • Help reduce the risk of diabetes.
  • Potent sleep inducer.
  • Cumin seeds are loaded with iron and help treat anemia.
  • Help boost brain function.
  • Cumin seeds are rich in antioxidants and may help fight cancer.
  • Help cool the body down.
  • Good for your skin.

So, yes, jeera water is good for you. But what if you consume too much of it (to lose weight quickly)? Here’s a list of side effects that may occur.

Jeera Water Side Effects

  • Heartburn
  • Liver damage
  • Low blood sugar
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Diarrhea

Conclusion

Cumin water or jeera water has a positive effect on weight loss.It is easy to prepareand inexpensive, and shows results when consumed on a regular basis. Just do not go overboard with it. Eat healthily and exercise to accelerate your weight loss. Have questions? Drop us a comment and we will get back to you. Cheers!

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Charushila Biswas

Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.