With plants having long been used as traditional remedies by mankind, and the belief that natural remedies have fewer harmful effects as compared to synthetic medicines, there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of plants as a source of medicine. The #nigella #sativa seed is considered one of the most nutrient rich #herbs in history containing significant levels of iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, thiamin, niacin, pyridoxine, and folic acid as well as various amino acids.
The active constituent of the nigella sativa seeds, #thymoquinone, has proven to be medicinally effective against several illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, infertility and various infectious diseases. There is also promising research into its efficacy against HIV/AIDS. The seed has a strong #antioxidant property with a potential role as a dietary #supplement with minimal side effects. Widely used as a spice and flavouring agent in foods it should be toasted to release the essential oils. They can then be ground or put whole into a variety of meals including curries and soups or used as a topping to Naan breads, rice, and vegetable dishes.