During our recent trip to Morocco, we were blown away by the distinctive earthy oregano-thyme like savory scent of Nigella sativa seeds also known a black cumin. N. sativa plants are grown throughout the Mediterranean basin inclusive of 24 countries and encompassing portions of 3 continents (Southern Europe, North Africa, West Asia) and the Middle East. It turns out that black cumin offers a number of health benefits that can be derived by inhalation (seeds, powder or oil) or consumption (spice or condiment). Below are some of the researched health properties of black cumin.
2. Blood glucose control: approximately 1 teaspoon daily for 1 year reduced blood glucose levels by 20 mg/dL on average.
3. Improves mood: approximately 1/2 teaspoon daily for 1 month may also reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
Black cumin is worth a try…small amounts for sound health!
Dr Michael Miller is a cardiologist and Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His latest book is: “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease“. 100% of proceeds of the book are donated to the American Heart Association.