Kalonji seeds are a powerhouse of crude fiber, amino acids, saponin, iron, sodium, calcium and potassium besides fatty acids like linolenic and oleic, volatile oils. These black seeds contain Nigella and Melatin, two components prized for highly nutritive and medicinal properties. A rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids, black seeds boost metabolism, keep cholesterol under check, balance levels of insulin, facilitate blood circulation throughout the body and aid liver function.
Ayurveda recommends daily consumption of these seeds to enhance lubrication between joints, for maintaining a healthy heart, fight breathing problems and to prevent cancer, thanks to its anti-carcinogenic properties.
Kalonji seeds are a storehouse of protein, carbohydrate, dietary fiber and fat. The seeds are also abundant in vital minerals including calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and potassium and essential vitamins A, C, E and K conferring with the improved immune system, healthy liver and maintaining heart health.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
Asthma : 2 grams of ground black seed has been used daily for 12 weeks. Also, 500 mg of black seed oil has been taken twice daily for 4 weeks. In addition, 15 mL/kg of black seed extract has been used daily for 3 months. A single dose of 50-100 mg/kg has also been used.
Diabetes : 1 gram of black seed powder has been used twice daily for up to 12 months.
High Blood Pressure : 0.5-2 grams of black seed powder has been taken daily for up to 12 weeks. Also, 100-200 mg or 2.5 mL of black seed oil has been used twice daily for 8 weeks.
This doesn’t pose any side effects, when taken in small quantities. However, when taken in large amounts, it can lead to low blood pressure or low blood sugar levels which pose a risk to life. Its effect is not much known during breastfeeding. So, to remain on the safe side, you must avoid its use during breastfeeding.
During surgery or after surgery, it can pose a risk of bleeding and might hinder your surgery. It also slows down the clotting process. If you take the Black Seed oil unmixed or undiluted it can produce gripe and irritate the digestive system.
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