There are innumerable seeds that can do wonders for our health due to their unique properties. We hear of a few of these on a day-to-day basis and there are some which we’re not aware of. One of these ‘least heard of’ seeds are Nigella Seeds!
Nigella Seeds are obtained from an annual flowering plant called ‘Nigella Sativus’. Speaking of origins, the oil of Nigella Seeds was found in the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamun, dating back to approximately 3,300 years ago. It is believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed declared these seeds as ‘a remedy for all diseases except death’. Isn’t that incredible?
Nigella Seeds are also known as kalonji, black caraway, black cumin, black seeds, fennel flower, nutmeg flower, roman coriander, and wild onion seed. They are loaded with phenomenal benefits, offering protection against several health conditions.
What Health Benefits Do Nigella Seeds Provide?
These seeds provide massive health benefits. They have been known for their healing properties since time immemorial. From simple conditions to deadly diseases, these seeds can help alleviate several conditions. Here are some of their benefits:
- Type 2 Diabetes: Nigella seeds can trigger the regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic’s pancreas. Scientific studies have shown that 2g of nigella seeds everyday could result in reduced fasting blood sugar levels, along with decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell functioning and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c).
- Hypertension: These seeds can help lower blood pressure significantly and can also help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Infections: Being anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antioxidant and antiviral in nature, they are known to smack down various deadly infections including MRSA (which is an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection), H. Pylori infection, psoriasis, etc.
- Cancer: These seeds have shown to have miraculous effects in various types of cancer including colon, breast, brain, oral, leukemia and cervical cancer. A chemical compound extracted from nigella seeds, called thymoquinone, has an ability to stimulate apoptosis (cell death). Thus, slowing down cancer progression and arresting the spread of the cancer.
- Brain conditions: Nigella seeds are known to possess anticonvulsive properties and can thereby reduce the seizure activity.
- Glioblastoma: It is one of the most aggressive brain tumors of all and thymoquinone can induce cell death in the glioblastoma cells.
- Brain lead toxicity: These seeds can reverse the damage caused to the brain due to lead toxicity and also radiation-induced damage.
- Parkinson’s disease: Thymoquinone from these seeds has been shown to protect the neurons from toxicity associated with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
- Asthma: Being anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator in nature, these seeds play a huge role in improving asthmatic symptoms. Apparently, thymoquinone is considered superior to the drugs used for asthma.
- Digestive issues: The seeds are extremely effective for indigestion and bowel issues. They can prevent formation of gas or facilitate the expulsion of gas, thereby combating flatulence.
- Sore throat: The seeds can reduce throat pain and soreness and are also used in the treatment of acute tonsil inflammation. They literally reduce our dependence on painkillers.
Apart from the above, these seeds are also used to induce post-natal uterine contraction and are also useful in promoting lactation. They are one of the effective galactagogues that can help the mothers produce greater amount of milk. Furthermore, they have the power to reduce the indications of morphine intoxication, tolerance, and addiction. It could be an effective therapy in long-term treatment of opioid dependence.
How Can You Use Them In Your Diet?
They are slightly bitter and peppery with a crunchy texture. You can powder these and add them to juices/smoothies, or roast them lightly to release the essential oils and then grind them with grated coconut, roasted garlic and other spices to make a delicious chutney. You can also throw them whole in your curries, gravies, dals and soups.
Nigella Seeds are indeed a powerful healer and one of the best gifts to mankind! It’s something that you must fill up your jars with and use them regularly in your meal preparations.
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