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The Miracle Spice

Black cumin (Nigella Sativa) has somewhat of a mythical reverence in ancient texts of Ayurveda to Biblical references to Islamic texts. Its purported benefits include improving cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, improving tri glyceride ratios and even helping manage post menopausal symptoms.

Nigella Sativa, also known as kalonji, black cumin is used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

The dry roasted seeds flavor curries, vegetables and pulses. The black seeds taste like oregano and

have bitterness to them like mustard-seeds. It can be used as a "pepper" in recipes with pod fruits, vegetables, salads and poultry.

More than a thousand medical papers have been published in the last 50 years that have cemented black cumin's status in the 'miracle' herbs category.

As little as quarter a teaspoon of black cumin powder a day may result in its benefits being noticed in a few months.

Toast it lightly and grind it to a fine powder. It can be used as an added spice during cooking or simply consume it with a glass of water.

Till Next time,

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Mitun De Sarkar

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