Today, I wanted to share the Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds. Also known as Nigella Sativa – by the scientists, Nigella Seeds by the people. And Kalonji or some similar names by the South East Asians. Also why you need to have this one spice in your pantry, even if you do not buy the 8 others that I always use in my recipes.
Is this the Panacea?
Panacea comes from a Greek word meaning “all-healing”. Panacea was the Greek goddess of healing. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, alchemists who sought to concoct the “elixir of life”. Elixir of Life would give you eternal life. And “philosopher’s stone” – which would turn ordinary metals into gold. They also tried to formulate the panacea.
From all of the new scientific research, it looks like we have a winner.
If there is only one spice you want to start eating, make sure it is the Black Cumin Seed. This spice is used in probably all of the ancient cuisines, from many centuries and for a good reason. From what you will read below – It seems this one spice gives you superpowers against a variety of sickness and diseases.
There is a method to my weight-loss nutrition. If I use an ingredient, there is a reason behind it (and a whole bunch of research goes into it). But hey I have done the research and writing about it here, so you do not have to re-invent the wheel.
I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.
How to use Black Cumin Seeds in Recipes?
You can use it in any recipes from bread, yogurt, pickles, sauces, and salads. I love to use mine in stir fry, curries, and lentils. I know some people just swallow a tsp of seeds as is, but I am not as brave. I am going to stick to using it as a seasoning.
How much should you use?
I am so bad at measurements, but one rule of thumb with spices is that – less is more. I use about 1 tsp every time I heat oil for cooking. Usually, I cook for 4. And If you eat a little of it every day I am sure you are getting plenty in a long run!
The scientific name for Black Cumin seeds is Nigella Sativa. The main ingredient in the black cumin seed is thymoquinone, which is extracted from black cumin seeds and also sold as an essential oil or in capsules if you want to start taking it as a supplement and not as a spice.
If you wonder what Black Cumin Seeds look like, here it it in the picture marked by Red Oval. I buy mine from a local Asian Grocery Store, but you can order here online, like everything else these days.
So what exactly are the Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds?
Black Cumin seeds protect you against chronic neurological and mental illness, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, inflammatory conditions, and infertility as well as various infectious diseases due to bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6535880/#B8
Black Cumin seeds is also a cure for airway disorders, and chronic headache and back pain, diabetes, paralysis, infection, inflammation, hypertension, and digestive tract related problems. It has also been used topically where it is applied directly to the blisters, nasal abscesses, orchitis, eczema, and swollen joints.
This randomized controlled clinical trial in fifty volunteer obese subjects also demonstrated that an Extract of Black Seed Oil along with a less caloric diet significantly diminished the superoxide dismutase (SOD) level and helped with weight loss .
There is this study that offers a suggestion for using Black Seed Oil as a preventive measure against COVID‐19; There have been no clinical tests done yet, but I would be keeping an eye on it.
Well – If you are intrigued by longevity, good health and want to lose weight while eating some delicious foods (and not bland salads and crazy exercises) then book a call below to find out if we can work together.
And for your tiny dose of fun today, Enjoy this silly music video from the nineties ! The lyrics are taken from a famous essay — written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune! http://tinyurl.com/schmich-sunscreen
Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #95.