Black seeds (Nigella sativa), also called as onion seeds, fennel flower seeds, black caraway, Roman coriander and kalonji are used to add flavor and aroma to curries, side dishes and stir-fry vegetables. They don’t have just edible value but they also have high medicinal value with no side-effects.
Black seeds contain calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats which make them healthy for the body and also keep away various ailments away from it. The following blog is about health benefits to black seeds.
Black seeds are analgesic, antifungal, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-ulcer, antihypertensive, and anticholinergic which can help in improvement of memory, liver health, treat hair loss , reduce risk of cancer and much more.
The following are some of the benefits of consuming black seeds.
- Lowers High Blood Pressure
The antihypertensive property of black seeds helps to fight against hypertension. Consuming Nigella sativa seed extract daily for two months can lower the blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension.
These seeds also help to lower low-density lipoprotein also known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol and help to boost overall heart health.
How to use? If you are suffering from hypertension then you can take 100 to 200 mg of Nigella sativa extracts two times a day. If you are unsure about its usage, you can consult the doctor as well.
- Controls Type 2 Diabetes
Consumption of Nigella sativa seeds by type 2 diabetes patients helps to control the glycemic levels.
As per a 2010 study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, consuming 2 grams of black seeds in a day can effectively manage blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetic patients.
How to use? You can even take black seeds on a regular basis. This helps to lower down fasting blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, plus boost the functioning of beta-cells in the pancreas. Moreover, they can even prevent diabetes.
- Promotes Liver Health
Black seed oil helps in smooth functioning of the liver allowing it to eliminate toxins from the body.
A study was published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences in 2013 according to which intake of black seed oils result into improvement in liver and kidney architectures.
How to use? For a smooth and consistent functioning of liver and prevent it from disease, including black seeds as a part of your daily diet is a good option.
- Boosts Memory
Black seeds are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and also possess neuron-protecting properties and therefore help in improvement of memory.
A study published in the Journal of Ethno pharmacology, 2013 says that people who consumed two 500 mg capsules of pure ground black seed powder daily had improved cognition, memory and attention in comparison to people who took a placebo.
How to use? You can also consult your doctor for the appropriate dose or for a supplementary option. Otherwise, intake of ½ teaspoon of ground black seeds twice in a day is good enough to gain its benefits.
- Treats Asthma
According to a 2010 study published in the Phytomedicine journal, Black seed oil has high anti-asthmatic effect asthmatic pathways of air. Moreover, its anti-asthmatic property reduces the intensity of asthma symptoms and helps in fast recovery.
The oil of black seeds contains thymoquinone which helps to lessen the inflammation in the air passage and inhibits excessive secretion from the mucus.It can also cure sore throats, acute sinusitis and tonsillitis.
How to use? You can add a few drops of black seed oil to a pot of hot water and then inhale the steam for 5 minutes. It would be effective if you cover your head with a towel while inhaling the vapor. Repeat the procedure as per need.
Alternatively, pour a few drops of black seed oil on your handkerchief and inhale the aroma after short time intervals.