09 Sep 2020
#HealthBytes: The numerous health benefits of kalonji or kala jeera
Written byRashi BhattacharyyaLifestyle
Kalonji seeds, harvested from the fruits of the Nigella sativa plant, are also called black onion seeds or black caraway seeds in some parts of the world.
Due to the fact that these seeds are rich in amino acids, iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and more, many alternative treatments, including Ayurveda recommend regular intake of kalonji.
Let's find out more about its amazing health benefits.
It can lower bad cholesterol, increase good one
Several studies have found that intake of kalonji can help reduce both total and "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Bad cholesterol or LDL is the main reason behind cardiac arrest and many heart problems.
A particular study by the National Institute of Health also found out that using kalonji oil lowers the levels of bad cholesterol while its seed powder improves good cholesterol or HDL.
Kala jeera can safeguard both liver and kidneys
Some components and compounds in kalonji or kala jeera can save the liver from toxicity by regularizing its functions like metabolism, processing nutrients and minerals that are important for the health.
Apart from improving its efficiency, kalonji can also protect the liver from an injury or any kind of damage.
Regular intake of kalonji seeds or oil daily can safeguard both liver and kidneys.
Reduces levels of fasting blood sugar, and hemoglobin A1c
Probably one of its most known benefits, kalonji can help in managing diabetes.
A review on people with Type-2 diabetes showed that kala jeera powder and oil reduced levels of fasting blood sugar, as well as hemoglobin A1c, a marker of 3-month average blood sugar levels.
Just a half teaspoon of kalonji oil in a cup of black tea can be pretty helpful.
Do you know?
Study found kalonji essential oil acts as an antioxidant
Antioxidants are important for us since they neutralize harmful free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to fight many chronic conditions. Kalonji is packed with antioxidants. Several compounds found in it, such as thymoquinone, carvacrol, T-anethole and 4-terpineol, are responsible for its potent antioxidant properties.
Exhibits anti-bacterial properties, apply its oil on skin infections
Kalonji oil and seed powder exhibit anti-bacterial properties and can effectively fight certain types of bacteria. This has been proved by some studies.
Topical application of kalonji oil on skin infection, especially caused due to streptococcal bacteria, heals the same and also reduces redness.
Further, it works against warding off infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, particularly in diabetics.