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umerous studies, including one published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, have found black cumin seed and its main active component, thymoquinone, to be medicinally effective against various human and animal ailments.
These include chronic illnesses and infectious diseases caused by bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections.
High-value bioactive phytochemicals of black cumin seed
Black cumin seed (Nigella sativa) has major amino acids (arginine, aspartate and glutamate) and minor amino acids (cysteine and methionine). Mother Nature’s ultimate medicine also contains significant levels of calcium, copper, folic acid, iron, niacin, phosphorous, pyridoxine, thiamin and zinc.
In addition, chemical analyses of N. sativa have identified hundreds of phytoconstituents, mainly alkaloids, saponins, sterols and essential oil, of which the major beneficial fatty acids are linoleic acid and palmitic acid.
Loaded with all these, science has documented that black cumin seed is medically effective against the following:
Neurological and mental illness
A study published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine considered black cumin seed as one of the greatest forms of therapeutics (preventing and combating disease or alleviating pain or injury) for nervous system diseases, including memory impairment, epilepsy, neurotoxicity, and pain – due to the presence of thymoquinone.
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