First of all, I would like to tell you some interesting facts about cumin. Can you imagine that cumin was used to pay taxes in the olden days? Imagine how it could be then?
It was the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper. It was a religious belief that present of cumin in a plate would bring along happiness to the couple. Though, it is very tiny in nature,
Karunjeeragam contains 100 chemical compounds. In Islam, it is believed that they have the property to heal any type of disease except death. They are mostly used by people in India , Egypt and people living in middle East. In bible, it is referred to as curative black seeds.
Have you ever noticed restaurants and even small hotels keep jeeragam sweeteners for us to take when we come to pay the bill? Well, that’s my favourite part of the huge lunch!
Wondering why? Also know about the super duper nutritious facts of black cumin seeds after a little introduction.
Black cumin also called as Nigella seeds belong to a buttercup family of flowering plants. In fact, it has been traced back for several centuries as a natural remedy for bronchitis and even diarrhoea.
Black cumin seeds nutritionally rich and provide a high range of fat especially Monounsaturated fat, protein and dietery fibre. It contains vitamins like B and E and iron content. Initially was originated from Egypt and called habbatusauda.
According to British journal of pharmaceutical research, black cumin seeds was proved to lower blood glucose levels and lower the glucose absorption and effectively reduce the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant native to south and West Asia. It grows above 20 to 30 cm tall. Wondering how does it grow? Here’s a beautiful picture for you buddies!
Honestly, I have only seen the cumin seeds packed in supermarkets before researching on this article. Actually the fruit is a large capsule containing 3 to 7 united follicles each containing numerous seeds which are used as spice!
2. Vernacular Names
- English – Black cummin
- French – Cumin noir
- German – Schwarzer Kreuzkümmel
- Hindi – Himali jira, Kala jeera,. Kala jira, Kashmiri jira, Shahi jira, Shahajira
- Kashmir -Kashmir zireh, Koshur zur
- Urdu -Kalazira, Shah zira
3. Nature,Taste And Aroma
The seeds of Nigella sativa has a pungent bitter taste an aroma and used as a spice in Indian as well as middle eastern cuisines.
It is used to flavour curries kurumas, pickles and pulses. Black cumin seeds and traditional history being used as a medicine in siddha and Ayurveda.
It is also being used as an ingredient in spice mixture and independently used in Bengali recipes.
1. Lower bad cholesterol
Several studies have found that supplementing black kalonji seeds with reduce bad cholesterol and total cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
2. Have Cancer Fighting Properties
Karunjeeragam contains antioxidants which neutralize free radicals that may contribute to the development of diseases like cancer. Another test tube study revealed that cumin extract deactivate breast cancer cells.
Antibacterial properties and helps to kill certain strains of bacteria. They kill bacteria in dose dependent manner.
Several research studies prove that the seeds can inhibit the properties of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.
5. Boosts Immunity
They have the power to boost the immunity properties in our body. The proper the function of bone marrow producing the cells and develop immunity of the body. This is the best spice to add in food for immunocompromised individuals.
6. Treats Bronchitis
Karunjeeragam is use to cure respiratory disorders and it treats bronchitis and asthma.
7. Increase Breast Milk Production
Karunjeeragam has the property to induce more breast milk production for mothers.
8. Strengthens Hair
Do you know the black cumin seeds are good for hair? People consume the oil in the form of capsules for a few months.
Some prefer to apply it in the external body especially nails. This was once upon a time a secret ingredient for beauty queens.
9. Treats Digestive Issues
They have the property to heal digestive issues related to stomach. It is consume by people after having a heavy feast.
They have the property to kill intestinal worms and relief constipation, flatulence and makes a way for easy digestion.
10. Cure Abcess
The seeds contain beta sitosterol as anti tumour sterol. There are effective in curing abscesses and tumors of liver and abdomen.
Let’s think one more time of the health benefits of them and don’t ever think again next time to add them in your food. Let’s follow our old grandma’s advice and add them in our healthy lifestyle!