Black seed -also known by its scientific name, Nigella sativa- is a small seed that comes from a flowering plant by the same name found in certain areas of Southeast Asia. Also known as black cumin, this tiny seed is sometimes used as a spice in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, providing flavors to breads, proteins, and other dishes. Black seed has also been used in folk medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions, including certain cancers, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders. Although black seed is currently being studied for a variety of diseases, there is some promising evidence suggesting that black seed may be able to help keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels in check.
• Black seed has the ability to decrease the amount of cholesterol that is made in the body.
• Black seed may be able to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine.
• Black seed has also been noted to increase the number of LDL receptors in the liver which can help remove LDL from the blood. It can also prevent LDL from being oxidized due to its high antioxidant content.
Black seed is high in the antioxidant, thymoquinone, as well as polyunsaturated fats, fiber, and phytosterols, all of which are thought to contribute to the lipid-lowering effect.