Nigella sativa also called as black cumin is a widely used medicinal plant throughout the world. This plant is well known in different types of traditional systems of medicine like Unani and Tibb, Ayurveda and Siddha. Seeds and oil of nigella sativa have a long history of folklore usage in various systems of medicines and food. Black cumin oil is extracted from the seeds of Nigella Sativa or Kalonji, a plant which comes under Asian origin in the Ranunculaceae family. Kalonji also called as Nigella sativa or black cumin belongs to the buttercup family of flowering plants.
Benefits of Black cumin:
Antioxidants have a powerful effect on health and diseases.
While in some studies it indicates that antioxidants may protect against several types of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
There are several compounds found in kalonji, such as thymoquinone, carvacrol, t-anethole, and 4-terpineol which are responsible for their potent antioxidant properties. Black cumin oil or kalonji essential oil acts as an important antioxidant.
- Helps to Reduce Cholesterol:
Kalonji or Black cumin has been especially effective for lowering cholesterol.
Kalonji is associated with an effective decrease in total and “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides. An interesting fact about it is that it has been found that kalonji oil had a greater effect than kalonji seed or powder. However, only seed powder increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. A study had shown that people with diabetes which were supplementing with kalonji for one year had decreased total and LDL cholesterol. In taking 2 grams of kalonji daily for 12 weeks reduces both total and LDL cholesterol.
- Enhance the Immune System:
Black cumin oil, along with black cumin seeds enhances the immune system by increasing defenses and general well-being. It also works as an excellent tonic after a period of recuperation, and also in times of stress. It also helps in preventing seasonal ailments.
- Ability to fight against infections:
Black cumin is very useful in fighting against bacterial and fungal infections. It is also used in the case of Helicobacter pylori for fighting against candida or fungi infections, also for the skin.
- Useful for skin and hair:
Black cumin oil is a remedy for all difficulties in regard to the health of skin and hair. Black cumin is used in case of burns on the skin, herpes, dermatitis, it also promotes the reduction of wrinkles as it has properties which are rich in antioxidants, it also nourishes dry skin and reduces scars. While for hair it stimulates regrowth, it is excellent against dandruff and it makes the hair soft and moisturized, especially in the case of dry hair.
- Cancer-Fighting Properties:
As Kalonji is high in antioxidants hence it helps in neutralizing harmful free radicals that may contribute to the development of diseases like cancer. Kalonji extract helps inactivate breast cancer cells. While researchers have found that kalonji and its components may also be effective against several other types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, cervical, prostate, skin, and colon cancers.
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