My mum has always told to me to eat black seed because it has a lot of benefits. Well, I thought that I need to delve into this further, (I actually thought what does my mum know, but don’t tell her that).
Black seed (nigella sativa; nigella; kalonji) is also referred to as “Habba Sawda” in Arabic (Blessed Seed) and comes from a flowering plant, Ranunculite family. Black seed has been used for centuries from as far back in history as ancient Egypt with Cleopatra being a fan, but there are also references to it in the Old Testament and in Islam. It has been documented that in Islam, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) once said, “Hold on to the use of the black seed for it has a remedy for every disease except death”. As such, black seed is believed to have medicinal healing properties.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that black seed has been widely used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years. It is commonly used in Asian, North African and Middle-East communities. Its onion-like and peppery taste has rendered it a spice used in curries and to flavour breads. Due to its potency, it can be difficult to consume in large quantities, trust me I know! I have found that it is available as seed, powder and oil.
What is Black Seed good for?
Now that I understood its background I wanted to understand more about this seed. In my house black seed is used frequently. I have a family of science geeks, so I wanted to see if there were any studies to show just how good black seed is.
Scientifically (to make my family proud): black seed contains conjugated linoleic acid, thymoquinone, nigellone (dithymoquinone), melanthin, nigilline, and trans-anethole.
Practically: The benefits of black seed vary and are numerous, some are backed up with laboratory studies. Some have been passed down through the ages, like: eliminating accumulating gas in the stomach, to relieve colds, leprosy and phlegm.
Studies suggest that black seed is packed with a profound number of vitamins, omega 3 and has anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-allergy, anti-bronchial and anti-carcinogenic properties, (now that’s a lot of antis’). There are various studies which support the fact that black seed aids with weight loss, especially as black seed has curing and preventative properties and is known to boost the immune system. Black seed contains phytosterols which are good plant fats. This limits the amount of cholesterol absorbed in the body.
The benefits of black seed are simply amazing and numerous. Currently there are many studies and a growing research into its potential. So don’t just take my word for it (or my mum’s to be correct and yes she clearly knows more than she is letting on!).
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Please read my other blog on black seed, to learn about its benefits for weight loss and more.