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Nigella sativa L.
Black seed, kalanji, black caraway
Black cumin (also known as black seed) is an annual flowering plant which grows to 20-90 cm. The flowers are delicate and green-to blue-coloured. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of 3-7 united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. Black cumin is native to Southern Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia. Now it is cultivated in many countries in the world like Middle East, India and Pakistan.
Among various medicinal and aromatic plants, black cumin is emerging as a miracle herb with a rich historical background since many researchers revealed its wide spectrum of pharmacological potential. Archaeological studies report that black cumin seeds have been found in several sites from ancient Egypt, including in the tomb of Tutankhamun. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament as being able to cure anything but death. Black cumin is described as ‘the Melanthion’ by Hippocrates and Dioscorides.
Goya Botanicals Cold Pressed Black Cumin Oil is a natural source of unsaturated fatty acids (app. 80%) and bioactive phytochemicals including thymoquinone, nigellone, P-cymene, and beta-sitosterol which are exceptional antioxidants and known for anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and immune-supporting properties. Low manufacturing temperatures and well storage conditions ensure quality of Goya Botanicals Cold Pressed Black Cumin Oil.
Uses & Benefits
Black cumin oil is extracted from seeds of the plant and has been used in traditional medicine for over thousands of years due to its therapeutic benefits. Modern studies also showed that it may have numerous applications for health, and it is applied topically to benefit skin and hair.
Daily intake of black cumin oil reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels (1). It’s protective effects for brain health, namely improving the memory, attention and cognition, are proved by scientific studies (2). Moreover, black cumin oil and its constituent, thymoquinone, were found to possess gastroprotective effect. It reduces pain in elderly with knee osteoarthritis (3). It has also have antifungal properties that it may protect against Candida albicans, which is a yeast that can lead to candidiasis (4). Research demonstrated that black cumin oil in combination with a low-calorie diet decreased weight in overweight men and women (5).
The black cumin oil is also used in the cosmetics industry, especially for excellent nourishing properties in the production of creams, peelings and face masks. It is commonly used topically to help with a variety of skin conditions and to hydrate hair.
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Bin Sayeed M H, Asaduzzaman, H M, Hossain M, Kadir M F, Rahman R. (2013). The effect of Nigella sativa Linn. seed on memory, attention and cognition in healthy human volunteers. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Jul 30;148(3):780-6.
Kooshki, A, Forouzan R, Rakhshani M. H, Mohammadi M. Effect of Topical Application of Nigella Sativa Oil and Oral Acetaminophen on Pain in Elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Crossover Clinical Trial. Electronic Physician, 8(11):3193-3197
Rajkapoor B, Anandan R, Jayakar B. (2002) Anti-ulcer effect of Nigella sativa against gastric ulcers in rats. Current Science. 2002;82:177–185.
Shokri H. (2016). A review on the inhibitory potential of Nigella sativa against pathogenic and toxigenic fungi. Avicenna J Phytomed. 2016 Jan-Feb; 6(1): 21–33.
Namazi N, Mahdavi R, Alizadeh M, Farajnia S. Oxidative stress responses to Nigella sativa oil concurrent with a low-calorie diet in obese women: a randomized, double-blind controlled clinical trial. Phytother Res. 2015;29(11):1722–8.
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