Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a member of the Apiaceae/Umbelliferae family. The plant is cultivated in the Mediterranean region as well as China, India, the U.S., and South America. The fruit, seed, and oil from these parts can be used for medicinal purposes. Cumin is a rich source of iron. An active constituent is cuminaldehyde, which is thougth to have antibacterial activity. Cumin is often used for stomach complaints. Cumin may also have estrogenic effects in the body and is often found in female supplements to promote well-being.