Black Cumin / Black Caraway


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Black Cumin / Black Caraway (Nigella sativa)

Black caraway is an annual flowering plant, native to south and southwest Asia, which is used for cooking and its medical properties. Greek, Egyptian and Chinese civilizations were aware of the beneficial properties of this spice. According to the Greek physician Dioscorides, black cumin seeds could treat headaches and toothaches. Now, science also confirms that blackseed is one of the most powerful medicinal plants known to man.

Several studies have also shown that black cumin seeds extract may help fight cancer. Moreover, black caraway is used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colic, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation and hemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu and congestion.

Black cumin seeds are aromatic with a peppery bite. So, it is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It can be added in salads, falafel and humus, cakes, bread, meat and spicy soups.

Health Benefits of Black Cumin

Learn AboutBlack CuminBenefits Health Benefits Several scientific studies examine the effectiveness of thymoquinone from black cumin seeds for cancer treatment. A study in the 2010 issue of "Nutrition and Cancer" shows that thymoquinone promotes anti-inflammatory effects, inhibits cancer cell growth and proliferation and even causes cell death in cancer cells. This study was mostly performed [...]

Mythology – Black Cumin

Learn AboutBlack CuminMythology Black cumin seeds were a widely used condiment in Old World cuisine. The use of black cumin as a condiment is dated back to ancient Egypt, where seeds were found at the site of Tutankhamun's tomb and even further back into prehistory in Iron Age Jordan and ancient Mesopotamia. Wild forms of [...]

Side Effects of Black Cumin

Learn AboutBlack CuminSide Effects Black seed, when taken by mouth in small quantities, such as a flavoring for foods, is likely safe for most people. Black seed oil and black seed extract are possibly safe when medical amounts are used short-term. There is not enough information to know if larger, medicinal quantities are safe. Black seed can [...]

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