Benefits of Cumin Water for Weight Loss

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated - Medically reviewed by Rachael Link (MS, RD)

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Drinking cumin water for weight loss may not be an obvious solution, but it is certainly one that has worked for many people in the past. Interestingly enough, several studies have shown that cumin could have a powerful impact on weight loss and may even be as effective as certain weight loss medications.

What is Cumin (Jeera) Water?

Cumin water is made by soaking cumin seeds (commonly known as jeera) in water overnight. This simple recipe has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for all sort of ailments, but its notable effects on weight loss are particularly interesting.

While this may sound like any other fad diet or weight-loss trick, extensive research has been carried out on the effects of this water, and the results are positive. Although the taste of this water isn’t overly appealing to some, its undeniable health benefits are very attractive. Regularly consumed in India and other Asian countries as an afternoon tonic or refreshing drink, cumin water can help you in numerous ways.

Cumin Water for Weight Loss

Cumin (jeera) water has a number of effects that can positively impact weight loss, such as reducing toxins, boosting the immune system, improving sleep, and optimizing digestion.


The various active ingredients in cumin seeds, including cuminaldehyde, can stimulate the release of gastric and digestive juices, which speed the process of digestion, while also enhancing nutrient absorption and improving overall gastrointestinal function.

Cumin has also shown to be beneficial in the treatment of certain digestive conditions that may impact weight loss. For example, one study published in the Middle Eastern Journal of Digestive Diseases showed that taking cumin helped improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome after just two weeks.

A glass of cumin water and a bowl of cumin seeds

Cumin water has potent healing abilities. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


By reducing toxicity in the body and stimulating both the kidneys and the liver, this use of cumin for weight loss can improve metabolic function, and facilitate proper digestion. In fact, an animal study by Sheweita et al. showed that administering cumin combined with fennel and clove helped prevent liver damage in mice. Another animal study in Phytotherapy Research found that cumin helped reduce the toxic effects of alcohol in rats.

Immune System

Cumin has a number of antioxidants that support the immune system, and when there is less strain on the body, it is able to function efficiently, including in its natural calorie-burning processes.


Some elements in cumin water also aid in sleep, which is a surprisingly important aspect of weight loss. Your body needs to rest so it avoids storing excess fat and energy, as it does while under stress. Getting enough sleep can also help keep energy levels up to help fight fatigue and promote physical activity for weight loss.

How to Make Cumin Water?

Those who use this remedy tend to make their own cumin water at home, given how simple it is. Let us take a look at the easy recipe below.

A glass of cumin water and a bowl of cumin seeds

Cumin Water Recipe For Weight Loss

A sure shot way to lose those extra kilos!
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: weight loss, cumin seeds, cumin water, jeera water
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 4-5 cups of water (filtered)
  • 2 tbsp whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp of honey (optional)


  • To make cumin water, boil 4-5 cups of water in a saucepan.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of whole cumin seeds to the water.
  •  Immediately remove the pan from the heat.
  • Place a lid on the pan and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Drink at room temperature throughout the day for best results. You can add a teaspoon of honey if you wish to have it with a sweetener. 


You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice for every cup of cumin water to enhance its taste. 

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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