Black caraway – a natural pharmacy straight from your kitchen
Black caraway (Nigella Sativa) is a popular spice, carrying a warm, sweet and slightly peppery flavor, used in cuisines around the world. It is commonly, yet deceptively known as “black cumin”, as it came to be used as a replacement for the original black cumin, (Bunium bulbocastanum). But did you know that it also boasts a wide variety of impressive health benefits?
Aside from the many traditional claims, several studies have been performed to explore the health benefits of black caraway; below you can find an overview of some of the studies that came up with positive conclusions concerning black caraway treatments.
Type 2 diabetes
Two grams of black caraway seeds a day proved effective in lowering fasting blood sugar levels, reducing insulin resistance, improving beta cells function and reducing glycosylated hemoglobin in humans.
Helicobacter Pylori infection
Black caraway has been shown to fight H. Pylori, with similar results to triple eradication therapy.
Black caraway is traditionally known to have anticonvulsant properties. A 2007 study performed on epileptic children who weren’t responding to conventional medical treatment, found that black caraway extract significantly reduced epileptic activity.
Administrating 100-200 mg of black caraway extract twice a day for two months proved effective in lowering blood pressure in patients suffering from mild hypertension.
Thymoquinone, one of the main active constituents of Nigella Sativa has displayed superior results in treating asthma in animals, as compared to the anti-inflammatory fluticasone.
A different study, performed on human subjects, found that black caraway extracts in hot water had a relatively powerful antiasthma effect on afflicted patients.
Acute pharyngitis and tonsillitis
Usually of viral origin, these conditions are characterised by the inflammation of the tonsils or pharynx, leading to soreness and pain. Black caraway capsules (in combination with Phyllanthus niruri) have been proven effective in alleviating throat soreness and reducing the need for painkillers in human subjects.
Injuries due to chemical weapons
A randomized placebo-controlled study, performed on patients who had suffered injuries from chemical weapons, found that black caraway extracts in hot water alleviated respiratory symptoms, wheezing, chest pains and improved pulmonary function test results.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
Infections with MRSA can be very dangerous and difficult to treat, due to its resistance to penicilins and cephalosporins. Black caraway has been found to display antibacterial activity against MRSA clinical isolates.
A study performed on 35 opioid addicts found that black caraway is a effective long-term treatment for addiction and withdrawal management.