Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a plant native to the Mediterranean and southern Asia. The seeds are used in traditional medicine and also as a spice in food.

Cumin might have cholesterol-lowering and antibacterial effects, but it's not clear if these effects have an impact in the body.

People use cumin for abnormal levels of cholesterol or blood fats, obesity, diarrhea, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse cumin with black seed, which is sometimes called black cumin. These are not the same.

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