Nigella sativa is from the family ranunculaceae. It is commonly called black cumin, fennel flower, or nutmeg flower. It is a fairly well regarded medicinal herb. The seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant are the main medicinal component, and this is where most of its biooactives are concentrated.
The health benefits of Nigella Sativa are many. It is shown to have great preventive and curative properties. Nigella Sativa has shown to be beneficial in the fight against LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. It is a natural treatment for mild forms of hypertension. Multiple studies have shown Nigella sativa to to have great anti-asthmatic effects. In some studies, it is shown to be even better than conventional drugs.
The primary active ingredient of Nigella Sativa is thymoquinone. Thymoquinone has been benefitial in the treatment of allergies, epilepsy, shows promise in treating epilepsy, allergies, psoriasis and even hypertension. It is also shown to be able to boost the immune system. The extract of thymoquinone, from Nigella Sativa seeds is shown to protect neurons from the toxicity associated with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24080376
Recent studies have also shown Nigella Sativa extract to be helpful in improving cognitive functioning in older patients. making it potentially suitable ingredient in the development of natural cognitive supplements.
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