The amazing cure all, Black Cumin Seed, has therapeutic power starting from Prophet Muhammad. Today, both religion and the scientific researchers agree that Nigella sativa is one of the most promising medicinal plants for your health.
Black cumin seeds have been found in King Tut’s tomb to help him in the afterlife.
More than 160 scientific studies on this jet black spice, Black Cumin, have been reviewed and found to help, prevent and treat a wide range of illnesses.
Black cumin is grown in India also, but do not confuse it with the regular spice, cumin, which is not from the same botanical family and is completely different in taste.
Black cumin seeds unique component is an antioxidant called thymoquinone (TQ) that has not been found in any other plant.
There are many other nutrients in Black cumin including amino acids, fatty acids, beta-carotene, calcium, iron and potassium.
Research on Black Cumin
Protects the Heart and decreases risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high sugar and even weight.
Boosts Immunity when taken on an ongoing basis will increase natural killer cells the ones that slay viruses and abnormal cells.
Some studies have even found improvement in the elderly where the immune response is normally low…..a preventive for aging!
Battle Cancer by stopping the dividing and multiplying of cancer cells. It controls metastases or spread of tumor growth in the body.
Calms Asthma and Allergies by taking the supplement in black cumin oil extract it reduces severity of your reaction.
Black cumin seed can influence other conditions like ulcers, pain, dermatitis, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.
How to Use Black Cumin Seed
This spice was used in many dishes just like pepper. Even though you may not know it; you have probably eaten it in Indian Naan bread. It is a staple kitchen spice used in dishes in the Middle East and India.
It can be used whole or roasted seeds in recipes like chutney, curries and yogurt dishes.
You can find black cumin seed in Indian markets or spice shops. Make sure it is Nigella sativa since the black seeds can be easily confused with other black seeds.
Black cumin seed oil is also available as a dietary supplement. You can take this oil with about an ounce of water for a daily preventative against diseases.
Pregnant woman should avoid black cumin since it can cause uterine contraction.
Book Healing Spices by Bharat Aggarwal, PhD 2011
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.