Nigella sativa is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history. The best seeds come from Egypt where they grow under almost perfect conditions in oases where they are watered until the seed pods form. Black cumin seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Though black cumin seeds are mentioned in the Bible as well as in the words of the Prophet Mohammed, they were not carefully researched until about forty years ago. Since this time, more than 200 studies have been conducted in universities.
The plant Nigella sativa,has been used for medical purposes for more than 2,000 years. Recent studies reported that thymoquinone (a component of Nigella sativa) exhibited inhibitory effects on cell proliferation of many cancer cell lines.
Nigella sativa has a rich composition of proteins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats. Almost all of its fat content is in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids - which are very important for good overall health and a sound immune system. It also has around 15 amino acids, the building blocks of protein, 9 of which are the essential amino acids. It is most recognizably in Naan Bread.
"There is within the black seed a cure for every disease except death".
The nigella sativa seed is known by various names, including kalo jira, kalo jeera, kali jeera.
Other names mistakenly used are onion seed and black sesame, and although these look similar to nigella sativa, they are not the same seed.
Nigella sativa (lay overview)
Nigella sativa helps make chemo/radiation more effective and less damaging.
Thymoquinone (a component of Nigella Sativa) inhibited cell proliferation and suppressed the activation of AKT and extracellular signal-regulated kinase.