The black seed (or Nigella Sativa in Latin) has been used since ancient times for its many health and medicinal benefits, it was even found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen.
This seed is known as black cumin, black sesame, onion sees or Roman coriander, used for centuries in Siddha and Ayurveda healing systems.
Benefits and uses of the black seed
The Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine has published the following about the therapeutic potentials of black sees:
“Seeds of Nigella Sativa have been used for treating different illnesses and conditions. The Islamic culture considers them as the best cure for almost any disease. The Tibb-e-Nabawi (Prophetic Medicine) recommends its regular use.
Black seed have widely been used for their analgesic, antibacterial, anti-diarrheal and antihypertensive properties, as a liver tonic, diuretic, digestive, appetite stimulant, analgesic and for treating skin disorders.”
Some of the pharmacological actions of black seed, supported by science are:
Due to its incredible effects it was named and described as miracle herb that can support the whole immune system and contribute to general well-being of all organs. Black seed can recuperate any respiratory or digestive issue. In the Middle East and Asia it is still used for treating asthma, inflammatory diseases, breathing problems and rheumatism and these methods are also taken by the other cultures worldwide.
It is rich in thymoquinone, its active compound that protects from diseases. It also has other bioactive alkaloids, such as α-hederin, flavonoids and fatty acids that gives only health benefits.
Black seeds cure from:
Thymoquinone is best cure against cancer cells and cancer cells growth. It has been tested and proved that in 9 out of 10 cases it can eliminate the cancer conditions completely. Thymoquinone is effective against colon, skin, lung, kidney and liver cancer.
Oxidative stress may decrease the efficiency of pancreatic β cells, which control the production and release of insulin. As such, oxidative stress is thought to play a role in the development of diabetes.
Black cumin decreases oxidative stress and may preserve the integrity of pancreatic β cells.
When people with diabetes consumed two grams of black cumin per day for three months, it led to reductions in fasting blood sugar and HbA1c and increased the functionality of pancreatic β cells, which suggests black cumin may be a “beneficial adjuvant therapy in type 2 diabetes.”
Black cumin can lower elevated blood pressure and heart rate. The thymoquinone component is beneficial with endothelial dysfunction, linked to many cardiovascular disorders.
In age-related endothelial issues, the active component recovers the endothelial function by regulating the angiotensin system inhibiting the oxidative stress.
Black seeds can have anti-obesity properties, reducing weight, waist and hip line. According to researchers:
“Seeds from the Nigella Sativa showed important results in weight loss and reduced waist, with mild decrease of blood sugar, low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides levels.”
A number of studies have indicated black cumin may be helpful for asthmatics. In one study, thymoquinone was found to be instrumental by reducing two inflammatory mediators of asthma and other inflammatory processes.
Another study confirmed the anti-asthmatic effect of black cumin extract, showing it acts as a bronchodilator.
Further, black cumin seeds act as a relaxant and display both anticholinergic (reducing spasms in smooth muscle) and antihistaminic (blocking allergic reactions) effects.
The thymoquinone in black cumin seeds was even found to be superior to the asthma drug fluticasone (a synthetic glucocorticoid).
Eat Black Cumin Daily for Health Improvement?
Some states, for example China include this seed in their normal meals. They describe it as one of the most beneficial products that give a lot of vitamins and iron at the same time. They also believed that it can help you to boost your memory and cognitive capacity.
Black cumin has antioxidant properties and if taken regularly can prevent maladies and also grey hair appearance.
In addition we present you one article from recent investigations that claim this seed as one of the most beneficial.
“RECENT PHARMACOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS SUGGESTED BLACK CUMIN’S POTENTIAL ROLE, ESPECIALLY FOR THE AMELIORATION OF OXIDATIVE STRESS THROUGH FREE RADICAL SCAVENGING ACTIVITY, THE INDUCTION OF APOPTOSIS TO CURE VARIOUS CANCER LINES, THE REDUCTION OF BLOOD GLUCOSE, AND THE PREVENTION OF COMPLICATIONS FROM DIABETES.IT REGULATES HEMATOLOGICAL AND SEROLOGICAL ASPECTS AND CAN BE EFFECTIVE IN DYSLIPIDEMIA AND RESPIRATORY DISORDERS. MOREOVER, ITS IMMUNOPOTENTIATING AND IMMUNOMODULATING ROLE BRINGS BALANCE IN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. EVIDENCE IS AVAILABLE SUPPORTING THE UTILIZATION OF NIGELLA SATIVA AND ITS BIOACTIVE COMPONENTS IN A DAILY DIET FOR HEALTH IMPROVEMENT.”
Culinary uses for black cumin
The product from black cumin plant can be used as daily supplement and is good combination with variety of food recipes. Adding seeds in your meals make them tasty and different than usual, so you will be willing to eat them in a minute. North Indian and Pakistani cuisines use this cumin everyday as normal spice. It is perfect mixture with oregano and thyme.
Add the seeds to your stir fry, salad dressing, baked goods, casserole; you can even add them to your coffee or make a tea- pour hot water over tablespoon of seeds and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Mixture of black cumin, garlic and honey can be a powerful tonic used for improving immunity or soothing coughs. It`s perfect for the cold and flu season.
Oil from black seeds can be used topically to treat eczema or psoriasis. Mix it with your facial cream and your skin will be sooth and moisturized.
Black cumin has so many impressive uses, so consume it as often as you can. Add a tablespoon of seeds to your breakfast every morning. This black seed was described by the prophet Mohammed as the cure for every disease, except death!