Carom Seeds اجوائن
Ajwain seeds or carom seeds belong to the cumin family, Apiaceae. This plant is predominantly found in the regions of India and Pakistan and used as a spice. Carom seeds are egg-shaped and khaki coloured. Though by appearance, it looks like thyme, carom seed is more aromatic, bitter and pungent.
Carom seeds are added to several vegetables and curries owing to their digestive properties. They possess antioxidant, antihypertensive, antimicrobial, hypolipidemic, and several other properties. The main component of ajwain oil is thymol, which treats gastrointestinal ailments. Carom seeds can remedy abdominal issues arising out of indigestion, especially stomach ache or a burning sensation. Carom seeds contain important fatty acids, fibre, and other antioxidants.
Carom seeds and its compounds may inhibit the growth of certain strains of bacteria and fungi, including E. coli, Salmonella, and Candida albicans.
Carom seed powder and extract in high doses may reduce elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels — both of which are risk factors for heart disease.
Carom seeds may act as a calcium-channel blocker and help lower blood pressure levels.
Carom seeds may help fight peptic ulcers and improve indigestion.
Carom seeds may have anticoughing effects and could help increase airflow to the lungs.
Carom seed extract may have anti-inflammatory properties.