Nature's Bounty: Kalonji

Nature's Bounty: Kalonji

July 04, 2018

Nigella Sativa: Introduction

A widely used medicinal plant throughout the world apart from its use as a spice, commonly known as Kalonji (Hindi), Black Cumin, Black Caraway or Nigella Seeds, Kalonji is one of the top evidence-based herbal medicines?


Uses of Nigella Oil and its Seeds are mentioned in Ayurveda & Unani for treatment of many diseases & ailments. The remarkable healing properties of Kalonji come from a compound called thymoquinone (TQ).

 

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Health Benefits of Kalonji (Black Cumin)

  • High in Antioxidants: Imbalance in the antioxidant defence mechanism of the body causes high blood pressure and related complications. Consuming nigella seeds with food can act as a complementary therapy instead of taking lifelong medication for hypertension which often shows different side-effects. Also, it slows down the ageing process.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: It reduces inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Effect on the nervous system: Kalonji has been found to contain potential antidepressant properties. Thus it helps to fight depression & anxiety and also aids in boosting memory.
  • Strengthens the immunity: Kalonji activates the immune system to defend the body against disease-causing agents. It also works against Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Type 1 Diabetes etc.
  • Antimicrobial & Antifungal properties: Kalonji has significant antimicrobial activity even against certain multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), that causes a variety of infections.
  • Effect on Digestive System: Relieves chronic inflammation of digestive tract [Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Ulcerative colitis & Crohn's disease].
  • A cure for common health conditions:
    • Diabetes > Reduces the elevated blood glucose level by increasing the insulin levels. Also has a beneficial effect on diabetes-induced Osteoporosis
    • Cancer > Anti-tumor effects of Kalonji has potential implications in breast cancer prevention & treatment. It has also been found helpful in controlling inflammation in pancreatic cancer cells.
    • Liver > Nigella sativa oil prevents liver damage induced by Schistosoma Mansoni infection
    • Asthma > Relieves contracted lung muscles & has potent antiasthmatic effects. It also helps in clearing asthmatic airways



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