Effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Nov;20(4):297-301. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.10.001. Epub 2014 Oct 13.


Introduction: This study aimed to determine the effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women.

Materials & methods: In this randomized clinical trial, 88 overweight/obese women were randomly assigned into two groups. The experimental group was asked to have 3 g/d cumin powder with yogurt at two meals for 3 months. The same amount of yogurt minus cumin powder was prescribed for the control group. All patients received nutrition counseling for weight loss in a similar manner. Anthropometric and biochemical parameters were determined before and after the intervention.

Results: Cumin powder reduced serum levels of fasting cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL and increased HDL. Weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat mass and its percentage significantly reduced. It has no effect on FBS and fat-free mass.

Conclusion: Cumin powder in a weight reduction diet showed improvement in anthropometric and biochemical parameters in overweight/obese women.

Keywords: Body composition; Cumin powder; Lipid profiles; Obesity.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Cuminum / chemistry*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Overweight / drug therapy*
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Weight Loss / drug effects


  • Lipids
  • Plant Extracts