Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Nigella Sativa also known as Black cumin or Kalonji is a heal-all plant like mistletoe and aloe vera but Nigella Sativa is perhaps the most powerful of all. Read on from the Times of India!
Kalonji: The Miracle Seed No One Is Talking About
01 Seeds and health
The nutritional superiority of seeds are often a subject of discussion among doctors, dietitians, food experts, and health professionals. Pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds make for not only some of the healthiest seeds, but also few of the healthiest foods in the world. With an excellent nutrient profile and numerous health benefits, seeds are a highly sought after option to maintain optimum health. One seed that seems to have evaded public attention is nigella seeds.
02 What are nigella seeds
Nigella seeds, known more locally as kalonji, is the seed of the flowering plant Nigella sativa. The seeds are used in the Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, and apart from their culinary uses, they have many medicinal uses too. The many proven benefits of nigella seeds make it a potent remedy for many conditions and illnesses, and with that being said, here are some benefits of nigella seeds.
03 Lowers cholesterol
Kalonji has been proven to display cholesterol-lowering properties, by reducing both bad cholesterol and blood triglycerides. Although kalonji oil is more effective in reducing bad cholesterol than the seeds, the seeds also increase the level of good cholesterol, a property not observed in the oil.
04 Controls diabetes
Nigella seeds help in regulating blood sugar, thus preventing a spike in blood sugar levels. The major concern for diabetics is high blood sugar, and by controlling it, nigella seeds help in keeping diabetes in check, thus preventing adverse symptoms like nerve damage and slow wound healing.
05 Prevents stomach ulcers
It can be rather painful when stomach acids eat their way to the stomach lining, causing ulcers. Nigella seeds help in preserving the stomach lining, which not only prevents the formation of ulcers, but also provides protection against alcohol.
06 Protects the liver
Kalonji has displayed properties that have shown to protect the liver from injury and damage. It does so because of its antioxidant properties that prevent oxidative damage and its ability to reduce inflammation.
07 Reduces the risk of cancer
With a high antioxidant content, nigella seeds can neutralize free radicals, compounds that cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals contribute to the formation of cancer cells, and by neutralizing them, these seeds reduce the risk of developing cancer.
08 Fights off bacteria
Nigella seeds have potent antibacterial properties which fight off many harmful bacteria and prevent you from succumbing to a host of serious infections like skin infections, lung infections, and ear infections