Throughout the ancient civilizations, herbs and spices have long been under the microscope for what they offer of health benefits. Black seeds derive from a plant (Nigella Sativa) that is regional and gifted to the Mediterranean countries. However, many Asian and African areas started cultivating it and using its seeds in their food.
The plant is thin, small in size (3 mm) and hairy. It has different names including Kalonji Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Nigella Seeds, Habbatus Sauda, Graine De Nigella, Black Onion Seeds, and Schwarzkummel.
How Can you Identify Black Seeds?
Well, it is straightforward: as you walk in the Saudi Arabia, northern Africa, and some Asian countries, you might find a fennel-like plant however with finely divided foliage. Its branches have violet to whitish flowers that have two kinds of leaves growing in opposite directions on the branch.
The plant is known by other names such as black caraway, black cumin, and even coriander seeds. This nomenclature varies from area to another. In England, everyone knows this plant as “Love in a mist.”
Why Should you Include it in your Daily Meals?
1- Many clinical kinds of research have shown the useful role of black seed oil in controlling blood sugar level as well as total cholesterol level. It lowers both the fasting blood sugar levels and the insulin resistance.
2- The seeds contain a non-starch polysaccharide that is a primary source of fibers. Its monosaccharide content (sugar), in addition to its essential fatty acid content (namely linoleic and linolenic acid), makes it essential for the body. The essential fatty acids are components that cannot be synthesized by the body. So, we have to acquire them from food.
3- It enhances immunity.
4-It plays a significant role in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It stops the growth of colon, breast and brain cancer.
5- They have anti-bacterial properties against certain anti-drug bacteria such as E.Coli and V.Cholera as well as anti-inflammatory ones especially for arthritis & skin eruptions.
6- They are carminative, stimulant and diuretic and treat mild cases of fever.
7- They induce and increase milk flow in breastfeeding mothers.