An ancient seed for contemporary days- benefits-
Black seeds-a hot commodity that is being used for 2000 years. Its discovery in the tomb of King Tut accentuates its medieval importance for medicinal purposes. Its plant is characterized by linear foliage with pale blue or white colored petals and a capsule containing united follicles that accommodate the real hero that deserves an award –seeds. It is said to be traditional herbal medicine and its use is documented in Unani, Ayurveda, Prophetic and Indian traditional medicine systems.
A history on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa
The globe calls it by the names that suit their tongues like black cumin, black caraway, Nigella, fennel flower, black seed and Roman coriander. The names black seeds and black caraway are often times confused with Elwendia persica, so better call it Nigella rather than confusing yourself and the sales assistant at your favorite shopping mart.
The devil-in –a-bush is not much of a devil in its action when it comes to fight pathological conditions as it bears various macromolecules (proteins, fats, carbohydrates and total ash), vitamins (Vitamin B and E), minerals (iron, copper, zinc, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium and phosphorous), phytochemicals (thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, dithymoquinone, p-cymene, carvacrol, 4-terpineol, t-anethole, sesquiterpene longifolene, pinene, and thymol), alkaloids (nigellicimine, nigellicine and nigellidine) that help in normalizing the physiological functioning of the body and brace you for a brighter future.
The literature holds ample of evidences regarding the biomedical and pharmacological activities of black cumin. Its therapeutic efficacy is attributed to the active constituents it holds especially its quinine constituents with thymoquinone being the most abundant one.
Equipped with a plethora of nutritious constituents, it surely has the fruitful power of delivering health to those in need of it. Gone are the days when Nigella was used just for mere headaches. There is so much more devoted to its name now. This little wonder seed is declared to be a remedy for everything short of death.