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QUESTION: Dear Dr. Dehal,

I have read that it is beneficial to chew a half, or whole teaspoon of cumin seeds directly after a meal. Is this a good practice?

If so, can it be done indefinitely, after every meal, every day?

And is it possible to chew the seeds either raw or roasted?

Finally, can one chew a few seeds before the meal as well?

Thank you in advance for all your help.

Warmest wishes,

ANSWER: Yes Cumin seed should be roasted and can be taken before food if appetite is poor and can be taken after food if digestion is poor.
This can be simply chewed or taken with honey or warm water. This should be taken once or twice a day.

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QUESTION: Thank you, Dr. Dehal! Is roasting the cumin seeds important (taking them raw is not good, and can lead to bad effects)? And can they be taken once or twice a day every day, indefinitely, without undesired results?
Thank you again for your help!
All best wishes,

Roasting increases the properties of cumin seeds and makeup Nguyen it more palatable to chew. But you can take this raw without roasting.
You can take this once or twice a day depending on your problem.Ideally you can take this for few weeks and give a gap of one week and then again continue for few weeks.
But will prefer to take this for short period only and don't make digestion dependable.


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Dr.Gary Dehal


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