NIGELLA SATIVA (black cumin). Nigella sativa is a plant that grows in south Asia, grows between 20 to 30 cm and is rich in Thymoquinone, a phytochemical compound that has also anti-oxidant properties. Thymoquinone has also been proven to be effective against heart, liver and kidney damage in animal studies, it even exerted anti-cancer effects in some studies on Pancreatic cancer.
This article however concentrates on another important property exerted by this plant, its ability to reduce Potassium bromate induced oxidative stress, something about which we may be concerned, specially if you live in the United States, where this flour improver is still legal. Image left: TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)
Common name: Fennel flower, nutmeg flower, Nigella indica, Nigella truncata, Roman coriander blackseed, black caraway , कलौंजी (Hindu), kalonji, Siyah daana (Persian), Al-Habba Al-Sauda or AlHabba Al-Barakah (Arabic), Kalvanji (Urdu).