Nigella Sativa was prized by the ancient Egyptians for its prowess in assisting with a multitude of conditions. Nigella contains essential fatty acids and many other nutrients, including amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fixed oils, alkaloids, saponins and fiber. Also contains calcium, iron, potassium, and sodium.
- Carbohydrates include the monosaccharides, arabinose, glucose, rhamnose and xylose.
- Contains fixed oils consisting of 84% fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid, an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid, and 59 % linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid.
- Dr.Gabe Mirkin explains that although people tend to consider fish oil as the best source of omega- 3 fatty acid, seeds and other plant sources are also beneficial.
- Contains thymoquinone, an antioxidant that may have protective effects for the liver.
- Nigellone in black seed inhibits histamine release and may reduce allergy symptoms.
- Research shows black seed may have anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory effects that may be beneficial for the immune system.