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Black cumin is a group of highly variable small-seeded spice, and has a pungent bitter taste and smell. Major parts of Ethiopia which are well known by cumin cultivation are northern and southern Gonder, and southern Wello. Ethiopian black cumin needs a subtropical or tropical climate with range of 400-500 millimeters of annual rain. As it has a pungent bitter taste and smell primarily used in confectionery and liquors
Its health benefits have remained a mystery for many years and now scientists are beginning to recognize them. This seed originally comes from Egypt. They grow in a small pod and to get them out water must be poured over it. So why is this so called black cumin a fascinating spice? The reason for this is that it contains a substance called crystalline nigellone. It also has 100 other chemicals which help your body in many other ways. Here is a list of some of the many things that black seed can do.
Cumin seeds contain numerous phyto-chemicals that are known to have antioxidant, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. The seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and contain certain health-benefiting essential oils such as cuminaldehyde (4-isopropylbenzaldehyde), pyrazines, 2-methoxy-3-sec-butylpyrazine, 2-ethoxy-3-isopropylpyrazine, and 2-methoxy-3-methylpyrazine. The active principles in the cumin may augment the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as aids in the digestion power by increasing gut enzyme secretions.
This spice is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium (Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.). The spice also contains very good amounts of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and other vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin C. Additionally the seeds are rich source of many flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, zea-xanthin, and lutein.
Black cumin seed helps in a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, offering a natural treatment for mild forms of hypertension; it has also anti-asthmatic effects and effective in treatment for acute tonsillopharyngitis with tonsil or throat tissue inflammation. Researchers have been found it to protect brain tissue from radiation induced damage and helpful in reducing the indications of morphine intoxication, tolerance, and addiction. It also reduces the symptoms of chemical weapons exposure including wheezing, respiratory symptoms, and even the need for drug treatment.
This powerful healing agent has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Black Cumin Oil, due to its variety of benefits, is used in cosmetics as well as in medicines. It is versatile and easy to find. In a cervical cancer cell line, extracts of thymoquinone were able to trigger apoptosis or cell death, slow cancer progression, and stop the spread of the cancer.
We keep our stock in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers for many months. The level of moisture content in our storage is less than 9% to prevent insect and disease outbreaks in storage. Usually all storage areas we have monitored regularly to identify potential problems early. We often pack at the time of sales in 25kg package system but it might vary depend on the demand of the buyers.