During lung cancer treatment, patients go through a lot of physical and mental changes. They need to make lots of changes in their diet as well by including healthy foods. Adding herbs and spices to the food is a good way to enhance the flavors and make it more enjoyable to eat. Also, there are certain Indian spices that prove beneficial for lung cancer patients. One of them is black cumin or Nigella Sativa.
Black cumin has been widely used as a spice and flavoring agent in various food preparations such as bread, yogurt, pickles, salads and sauces. Black cumin has long been used in traditional remedy for many years. The seed of Nigella Sativa has been used in different civilizations to treat various human ailments. Various studies have demonstrated the seed of Nigella sativa to be medicinally effective against illnesses including different chronic illness, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, neurological and mental illness, and various infectious diseases. The medicinal use of black cumin seeds is known for a wide range of ailments.
The nutritional value of black cumin is linked to the presence of substantial amount of vegetable protein, fiber and minerals and vitamins. Black cumin seeds contain significant levels of iron, zinc, copper, calcium, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid and phosphorus. Cumin seeds contain a compound called ‘Thymoquinone’ that checks proliferation of cells responsible for prostate cancer.
Though there’s no evidence on the anti lung cancer effects of black cumin in humans; but studies are needed to examine whether it has cancer-fighting benefits when used as a spice or taken as a supplement.
Adding black cumin is a great additional to your food but they are not recommended to take in supplement form. You should always ask your doctor or healthcare provider before starting a new herb or supplement.
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