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In general use, black seeds are used in foods for flavoring or as a spice. Black Cumin is an amazing and highly potential seed that has been used in curing of different ailments by millions of people in Asia, Middle East, and Africa and to support their health. It was part of the tradition to put some honey and ground whole black seeds in the palm of your right hand and lick it up with your tongue since there was no black seed oil back in the day. Apart from supporting the immune system and for general well-being, black seed has been used to treat variety of conditions related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal health, kidney and liver function, and circulatory system.
Other benefits include:
Strengthens the immune system
For opiate addiction, 500 mg of dried black seeds has been used three times daily for up to twelve days. For allergies, 40-80 mg/kg daily of black seed oil has been used three times daily for up to eight weeks. For anxiety, half a teaspoon of Nigella sativa oil has been taken with herbal tea based on traditional use. Kalonji and its active components has been found to prevent stomach ulcers development and protected the lining of the stomach against the effects of alcohol.
NOTE: Applying kalonji may cause contact dermatitis in some people. Test-tube and animal studies have shown that it may also influence blood clotting and possibly slow down uterine contractions during pregnancy.
Active compounds are thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, dithymoquinone and thymol etc. Black seeds also contain some other compounds in trace amounts. Seeds contain two different types of alkaloids; i.e. isoquinoline alkaloids e.g. nigellicimine and nigellicimine-N-oxide, and pyrazol alkaloids or indazole ring bearing alkaloids which include nigellidine and nigellicine. The seeds of N. sativa contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, crude fibre and total ash. The seeds are also containing good amount of various vitamins and minerals like Cu, P, Zn and Fe etc. The seeds contain carotene which is converted by the liver to vitamin A.
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