Cumin Instead Of Aspirin

I have mentioned before some of the supplements I take, Vitamin D3 & K2, Nattokinase and Vitamin C to name three. The problem with supplementing is that they can come with their own side effects. I have become increasingly convinced that the Vit C supplement is giving me an irritable stomach. There is also the undoubted fact that getting these nutrients from natural food sources is preferred as you derive the synergistic effect of all the various components of the food. Spices are a natural food source for some of the micro nutrients we often seek in supplement form and indeed for some medications.

Take Aspirin, long prescribed for thinning the blood for heart attack patients.Aspirin has also been shown to reduce incidence of many cancers, colon cancer being one such cancer. The ingredient that is attributed with cancer reducing qualities is Salicylic Acid but it seems we can glean this ingredient from a number of foods and spices. The top dog however in the Salicylic Acid stakes is Cumin. It is thought that the low incidence of colon Cancer among Indians could be attributed to the liberal use of this spice in their food. Now I love a curry but the thought of consuming one every day is a little too much. I have however found an alternative way to get a daily shot of Cumin and that is to put it into my morning porridge. It does not adversely alter the taste, especially when I have chopped my Kiwi fruit in, but it does mean that you are getting a daily shot of this important spice and the Salicylic Acid without the risk of stomach or brain bleeds that Aspirin can present. One other tip, add a pinch of black pepper to your porridge. Trials have shown that black pepper inhibits the livers capacity to get rid of the Curcumin and hence boosts levels of curcumin in the blood stream by 2000% (yes thats two thousand !)


7 thoughts on “Cumin Instead Of Aspirin

  1. Also join the Turmeric Users Group on facebook to see which turmerics have the highest cumin content as not all turmerics have much cumin in them. To get the full benefit you need to heat the Turmeric with black pepper and oil.
    As for vitamin C then if you are having tummy trouble with it then you are probably taking ascorbic acid which is NOT vitamin C but the synthetic outer coating if the vit C.
    So go and buy yourself some whole food vitamin C. More expensive than ascorbic but then you get what you pay for!

  2. Adding Cumin to the morning porridge sounds interesting. How much do you add? I’ve been taking Aspirin for the last 18 months and have developed scars in my stomach lining.

  3. Probably about half a teaspoon. there are more stomach friendly alternatives to Aspirin such as Fruitflow or Nattokinase

  4. I am a bit confused. In your post you talk about cumin but then change to curcumin which is in turmeric. Are these not two different spices?
    Thank you

    1. Hi, well spotted yes they are slightly different. Curcumin is derived from the root of Turmeric whilst cumin is derived from seeds. Just to add further confusion I am using Turmeric on my daily porridge with a dash of black pepper which aids absorption of the Turmeric. It changes the porridge slightly yellow but does not impair the taste especially when you add some berries and fruit. Thanks for your comment.

      1. Hi,
        Thank you for the clarification. I had no idea that cumin was from the seeds of Turmeric! You learn something new every day : D

  5. So as not to confuse future readers of this post with my last reply, Curcumin is from the root of Turmeric and Cumin is not from seeds of Turmeric but seeds from Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. Sorry

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