Black cumin seeds are a popular spice in Afghanistan, India, Iran, Bangladesh and Tajikistan and is virtually unknown outside of these countries. However, due to its numerous health benefits, maybe it’s time we learned more about the black cumin seeds.

The seeds have been used as a natural remedy against various ailments for centuries. Black cumin seed oil was found at Tutankhamun’s burial site, and even Cleopatra used it to improve her health and appearance. Our ancestors knew everything about the healing properties of the seeds and have often used it, but we’ve been unaware of the same until recent times. The black cumin seeds can prevent cardiovascular diseases, regulate cholesterol levels, detoxify the body, improve circulation, heal the liver and even treat cancer.

The seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, oleic and linoleic acid, vitamins A, B2, E and C as well as minerals such as zinc, iron, potassium and magnesium. This makes them an excellent dietary source of essential nutrients for our health. The seeds have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties which make them a great remedy for numerous diseases and conditions.

Here’s a detailed look at the seeds’ health benefits:

An antibiotic agent -Black cumin seeds can disinfect wounds and protect your body from infections.

Great for pregnant and lactating women -The seeds can boost your milk production and help you give birth easier.

Improve digestion -The black cumin seeds can stimulate the function of your digestive enzymes and resolve digestive problems such as excess gasses, colic, acid reflux and inflammation.

Improve the function of your liver -The seeds will boost the production of bile in your body and improve the function of your liver.

Improve the quality of your skin -The seeds have a powerful cleansing effect on your skin and can easily eliminate acne, eczema, fungal infections or psoriasis.

Improve your vision -Black cumin seeds contain a high amount of vitamin A which can boost your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy.

Relieve any kind of discomfort -The black cumin seed have powerful analgesic properties and can easily deal with headaches, back pain, bruises, menstrual pain, sprains and dental pain.

Improve your mood -If you’re feeling blue and depressed, black cumin seeds will relax your mind and improve your mood.

Great for your heart -The seeds can regulate your blood pressure and prevent a variety of cardiovascular problems.

Treat diabetes -The seeds can keep your blood sugar levels under control and prevent diabetes.

Prevent cancer -According to a recent study, black cumin seed contain a powerful compound known as thymoquinone that can treat and prevent various types of cancer.Besides these health benefits, the seeds can also help you in the treatment of asthma, allergies, sinusitis, pneumonia, fatigue and the adverse side-effects of chemotherapy.

How to consume them?

In order to benefit from the seeds, you can buy them from an Asian market and add them to your foods, or you can buy black cumin oil and use it as a supplement. The seeds have a slightly sour taste which makes them perfect for salads or certain types of meat. They also go great with stews, soups, deep-fried foods or certain lemon-based salad dressings, and the Chinese sometimes add them to their green tea or espresso.

If you’re suffering from a never-ending cough, grind a handful of cumin seeds and mix them with honey and garlic to unclog your airways and treat the cough. The same mixture will also reinforce your immune system and prevent a variety of infections. The black cumin oil can be used topically against skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, but it can also soften your skin and protect it from harsh weather conditions.