Black Cumin, scientifically known as Nigella Sativa, is an annual plant of the ranunculus family. It’s grown for its pungent seeds, which are widely used as a spice, mostly in Asian and Polish cuisines. The tiny black seeds have a high nutritional value and are great antioxidants. Multiple studies have shown that “Kalonji” or black cumin has various medicinal as well as health benefits and can be used for effective weigh loss.
Before digging deeper into Black Cumin’s fat burning abilities, let’s dive into some of its other benefits:
- Although tiny, the seeds are rich in proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates and essential fats required by the body
- They’re known to treat a number of brain related problems, i.e. memory loss.
- They may regulate blood sugar levels in your body and keep diabetes in check
- They control hypertension by reducing the cholesterol in blood
Black seed oil, extracted from black cumin seeds, also has a large number of medicinal benefits. It’s known to aid in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. A study published in Immunological Investigation in 2016, explored the effects of black cumin oil in curing the given disease. 43 women with mild rheumatoid arthritis were given black seed oil supplements or a placebo every day for a month. The results showed a reduction in the arthritis symptoms, inflammation and swelling of the joints in the women who took the supplements.
Regardless of these, the seeds are most commonly used for their ability to induce weight loss. They’re known to be rich in fiber and even a small intake leads to the person feeling full, hence, preventing them from overeating. The high percentage of dietary fibers also keep the metabolism active. Further, the seeds contain a carbonyl polymer of thymoquinone, called “crystalline nigellone” that works as an antioxidant enzyme, preventing and/or hindering fat accumulation in our body.
Following is a list of ways in which Nigella Seeds can be ingested to help in losing weight
With water, lemon and honey
- Add lemon juice in a glass of warm water
- Swallow about 5-6 cumin seeds with the lemon water
- Take a tablespoon of honey to improve the taste
- Squeeze lemon juice in a glass of warm water
- Crush about 3-4 cumin seeds and add to the lemon water
- Add a spoon of honey for flavor and drink while still warm.
Make sure you take only 3-6 seeds a day or else it might disrupt your digestive tract. Pregnant women should also avoid taking more than 5 seeds at a time.
With lemon only
- Immerse the seeds in freshly squeezed lemon juice for about 30 minutes
- Leave the seeds out to dry in the sun. This might take 1 or 2 days.
- Consume 4-5 seeds twice a day
- Cumin seeds can be used as a seasoning or a spice in your food
- Add them to grilled vegetables and salads instead of oily foods for better results
If followed regularly, you’ll begin to notice the weight loss within the span of a couple of weeks. However, if you want to speed up the results, a control on your diet is required as well. Avoiding oily foods, desserts and energy drinks along with a regular intake of salads and grilled or boiled meat with little or no seasoning can certainly help.