Black cumin seeds are referred to as seeds of two different plants with little different but both are used as spices. Elwendia persica, black cumin seeds from this plant is similar to caraway, but the plants are completely different. Seeds from both plants differ in color, shape, and size.
Nigella sativa, the seeds from this plant are called black caraway or kalonji or nigella. These seeds are most commonly used in the Far East, Mideast, Africa, Bangladesh, and India.
Nigella Sativa is from the family of Ranunculaceae which is an annual flowering plant. The plant is native to Western Asia and Eastern Europe, but available in different regions like Northern Africa and Eastern Myanmar. This plant grows about 20 to 30 cm tall and has linear leaves.
Common Names of Black Cumin Seed
|English Name||: Black Cumin Seed|
|Tamil Name||: கருஞ்சீரகம் / Karunjeeragam|
|Malayalam Name||: കറുത്തജീരകം / Karinjeeragam, Jeerakam, Karim Jeerakam, Cheerakam|
|Telugu Name||: బ్లాక్ జీలకర్ర విత్తనాల పొడి / Nallajilakarra, Jilakarra, Jeelakara, Jiraka|
|Kannada Name||: Kappu Jeera, Kappu Jeerige, Kari Jeerige|
|Hindi Name||: काला जीरा / Jeera, Kala Jeera, Safed Jeera, Shajira, zeera|
Nutritional facts of Black Cumin
In 100 grams of black cumin seeds, you get 16 grams of protein (32% RDI), 50 grams of Carbohydrate (17% RDI), and other notifiable contents such as Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium.
Benefits of Black Cumin Oil
Black cumin seed oil helps to reduce high blood pressure when used for two months regularly.
This organic oil has healthy fatty acids such as linoleic acids and oleic acid which help to maintain cholesterol levels.
Oral intake of black seed oil helps in reducing the symptoms of inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.
Black cumin has a good amount of antioxidant that helps to protect our cells from free radicals. Due to its antioxidant properties, it will reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer.
The black cumin seed oil has a good amount of thymoquinone, it will help to treat asthma by relaxing muscles and reducing inflammation in the airway.
Black cumin seed oil will help to reduce body mass index with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity.
High blood sugar levels will increase the risk of eye problems, kidney problems, and stroke. Regular consumption of black cumin will reduce the blood sugar level within 2-3 months.
Neuroinflammation is inflammation in brain tissue, which is the main reason for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The chemical content in the black cumin oil will help to treat neuroinflammation and promotes brain health.
Black cumin oil is also used for hair and skin health. This black cumin oil is commonly used for eczema, acne, psoriasis, and dry skin.
Using black cumin seed oil in cooking is mostly safe. But using a large amount of oil will cause some side effects. Moreover, when black cumin oil interacts with some medicines may harm your kidney. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the consumption of black cumin oil.