Nigella Sativa or black seed is the name of the seed for which approximately 650 researches have been made due to the fact that it is that much good.
This seed has been discovered in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun and according to this it has been used for a very long period of time, due to the fact that it has numerous medicinal qualities.
The black seed has a bunch of other names such as black caraway, black sesame, onion seed and Roman coriander and this seed has an extremely long history of being used into the traditional systems of medicine such as the Ayurveda and Siddha.
Well, now let us talk about what this seed represents and in what way it can be used?
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In the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine there was published a review regarding the medicinal and therapeutical characteristics of the seed:
The seeds which N. Sativa possesses have been very useful for in a bunch of treatments against various illnesses and ailments. In the culture of the Islamic people the black seed it is considered to be one of the most amazing types of medicine for curing. In the Tibb-e-Nabawi which is a Prophetic Medicine has been suggested that the black seed it is supposed to be used every day.
All over the world this seed has been used as it has been widely used as antihypertensive, liver tonics, diuretics, digestive, anti-diarrheal, appetite stimulant, analgetics, anti-bacterial and in skin issues.
Also, this seed is consisted of a huge spectrum of pharmacological actions which have been accepted by a lot of sectors within the science section. Some of them are:
Antioxidant characteristics, Anti-diabetic, Immunomodulator, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Hepato-protective, Renal protective, Anti-cancer, Gastro-protective.
The black seed has also been known under several other names and of them is “miracle herb,” and also in the language of the old Latin, has been names as “Panacea,” meaning it “cure all.”
This seed has been used when it comes to treating health conditions like for example immune-system support, well-being, health of the digestive system, problems with the respiratory system, kidney and liver support, as well as health if the heart. In Asia and the Middle East, black cumin seeds have been used for a long period of time for curing bronchitis, rheumatism and many more inflammatory issues.
A little bit of this seed has been used in conditions like for example indigestion, loss of appetite, diarrhea, parasitic infections and skin issues. On the other hand when the black cumin oil has been used in external ways usually it is used as an antiseptic and the roasted seeds have been used in treatment where it was necessary to prevent vomiting.
The thymoquinone represents one of the most active chemicals within the plant of the black cumin. However, there are some other bioactive compounds within the seed such as let say α-hederin, alkaloids, flavonoids, antioxidants and fatty acids.
The following represents some of the best studies which have been made for the health benefits of the black cumin.
Thymoquinone is famous among people due to its anti-cancer characteristics. One study published in the Drug Discovery Today pointed out that thymoquinone has been fighting for a very long time against cancer “in vitro” as well as “in vivo” and animal studies, plus it modulates 9 out of the 10 hallmarks of cancer.
The extract from the thymoquinone from black cumin are believe it or not incredibly good against cancers such as cancer in the blood, lung, kidney, liver, prostate, breast, cervix, colon.
The Oxidative Stress has the ability of reducing the effects of the pancreatic β cells that are controlling the creation and releasing of the insulin. That is why it has been considered that the oxidative stress has a very essential role within the creation as well as development of the diabetes.
The black cumin reduces the oxidative stress, plus it has the ability of keeping the integrity of the pancreatic β cells.
Those people who have problems with diabetes and made the experiment of eating 2 grams of black cumin for three straight months noticed that were able to lower the fasting of the blood sugar as well as the “HbA1c”. And on the other hand with this experiment it was increased their functionality of pancreatic β cells, a thing that pointed out that black cumin probably is very “beneficial adjuvant therapy in type 2 diabetes.”
HEALTH OF THE HEARTH
Eating black cumin is linked with the process of reducing the increased rate of the heart and the pressure of the blood. Thymoquinone which is part of the black cumin has a lot of benefits for the endothelial dysfunction, something that is being part of a lot of the issues within the cardiovascular system.
Within the endothelial dysfunction linked with the age, thymoquinone is very helpful in bringing back the endolethial function, in part by inhibiting oxidative stress and regulating the angiotensin system, a thing that is part with the controlling of blood pressure.
Black cumin has s lot of influence over the anti-obesity effects, part of which are the lowering of body weight and the waist, as well as the hip circumference, plus s bunch of people who made researches regarding this topic pointed out the following:
Nigella Sativa or also known as black cumin presented an important and huge loss of the weight as well as a reduced waist circumference with a mild lowering in fasting blood sugar, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein levels.
HEALTH OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
There were a bunch of researches which pointed out that black cumin is incredibly good for people who suffer from asthma. There was one research where it was discovered that thymoquinone is a very important part when it comes to the lowering of the inflammation.
One more research proved that the black cumin has anti-asthmatic, pointing out the fact that this can be named as a bronchodilator.
Moreover, the seed of black cumin represent a very good relaxant and show two types of characteristics, one as a anticholinergic- meaning it lowers the spasms in smooth muscle and the other one is antihistaminic-meaning it stops the allergic reactions.
So, it was proved that the thymoquinone which is part of the black cumin seeds as we said it couple of times it has been discovered as to be even better than the asthma drug fluticasone which represents a synthetic glucocorticoid.
CONSUME BLACK CUMIN EVERYDAY IN ORDER TO HAVE BETTER HEALTH?
A lot of countries are huge fans of black cumin seeds because of their purported anti-aging benefits, plus they are filled with B vitamins and iron, of the lack of these vitamins can be connected with having issues with the memory, hearing trouble and also believe it or not gray hair.
Black cumin is also filled with antioxidants and it is filled with phytochemicals as well as several other nutritionally important components which if are consumed every day have the ability of stopping the appearance of various illnesses.
There are some people who have named this plant the “seed of blessing”, due to the fact that it protects people against two of the biggest reasons for death within the United States of America and those are the heart disease and cancer. As Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition pointed out:
Some newer pharmaceutical researches, have discovered that the black cumin has probably a role mostly for
‘THE AMELIORATION OF OXIDATIVE STRESS THROUGH FREE RADICAL SCAVENGING ACTIVITY, THE INDUCTION OF APOPTOSIS FOR CURING SEVERAL CANCER LINES, IT LOWERS THE BLOOD GLUCOSE, PLUS IT STOPS THE PROBLEMS WHICH OCCUR FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIABETES.
IT KEEPS CONTROL OVER THE HEMATOLOGICAL AND SEROLOGICAL ASPECTS AS WELL AS IT MAY HAVE A LOT OF EFFECTS IN DYSLIPIDEMIA AND THE ISSUES CONNECTEDWITH THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. FURTHERMORE, IT HAS SOME IMMUNOPOTENTIATING AND IMMUNOMODULATING ROLE WHICH MEANS THAT IT OFFERS SOME BALANCE WITHIN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. A LOT OF PROOFS CAN BE DISCOVERED WHEN IT COMES TO THE SUPPORTING THE UTILIZATION OF NIGELLA SATIVA AND ITS BIOACTIVE COMPONENTS WITHIN AN EVERYDAY DIET IN ORDER TO HAVE EXCELLENT HEALTH.”
WHAT IS THE CULINARY USAGE OF BLACK CUMIN?
Black cumin can be found in supplement form, however the black cumin may become part of people every day meals in a very easy way. It is very well known in countries such as North India, Pakistan, and Iran and it is very tasty such as a mixture of thyme, oregano and nutmeg, it has a little bit of bitter flavor as well.
The black cumin can be part of a bunch of dishes, some very tasty baked goods, sprinkle them on salads, or these can be also put inside the coffee or tea you drink.
Moreover, another magical combination is the one between black cumin, honey and garlic, a combination which represents a strong tonic against sore throats, coughing and making much better the immune system. This is very good mostly in the period of flus and colds, but also when you are not sure and you think you may catch an infection. Moreover, the oil of black cumin is very good because it has the ability of curing psoriasis and eczema or also it can be made into a combination with facial cream in order to moisturize and calm down the skin.
This seed offers such an amazing and positive effects that I began putting approximately half an ounce one tablespoon or that is 11 grams of black cumin within my breakfast smoothie daily, so after reading this you are going to want to do the same thing as well. According to the prophet Mohammed he said that this humble seed represents a medicine for every possible disease out there except for the death itself.