Black cumin is the common name for Nigella sativa, a flowering annual plant native to southern Asia. It can grow to one foot in height and has thin leaves with delicate flowers. The fruit of black cumin is a large capsule that contains many seeds, which is the most commercially important part of the plant.
The common names for N. sativa can make it difficult to determine the exact species under discussion. For example, it is also known by many other common names such as blackseed, black caraway, fennel flower and Roman coriander. The term “black cumin” has also been used in the past as a common name for Bunium bulbocastanum. Furthermore, Bunium persicum is also known as blackseed and black caraway.
Black cumin has been used as a spice for at least 4,000 years, including breads, confections and liquors. Its seeds have been found in archeological excavations of ancient Egypt, and the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament also refers to the cultivation of black cumin. Black cumin is still a common flavoring today, especially in Middle Eastern cuisine. Thymoquinone is one of the most biologically active components of black cumin. Its health benefits primarily deal with the digestive system.
Black cumin is used to support the the digestive tract and respiratory system. Additional benefits of black cumin help support the skin and cardiovascular system.
Some research supports the use of crushed black cumin seeds to help support a healthy cholesterol profile.
The benefits of black cumin for the skin include supporting healthy inflammation management. These supplements typically contain additional ingredients such as beta-carotene, biotin and vitamin E.
Current studies indicate that oral supplements of black cumin may help support breathing patterns and normal rhythm.
Black cumin may be able to support healthy digestion to reduce the occurrence of digestive problems such as diarrhea and intestinal gas. It may also help with colic and constipation.
Seasonal conditions are some of the most significant signs that you may benefit from black cumin. Additional respiratory conditions that may mean you need black cumin. People with metabolic syndrome or those who require support for healthy circulation may also want to use black cumin.
Nigella sativa, blackseed, black caraway, fennel flower, roman coriander, bunium bulbocastanum
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