Therapeutic potential of kalonji (Nigella seeds)


Kalonji (Nigella sativa) is amongst the promising medicinal plants, an amazing herb known for its medicinal properties and rich religious background. It has antioxidants, anti-parasitic, anticancer, antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer. Along with that importance of kalonji is manifested from the saying of Prophet (SAAW) in the black seed is the medicine for every disease except death (Ghaznavi, 1991).


These seeds contain more than 100 therapeutic compounds such as proteins, amino acids, alkaloids, glucose, xylose, fiber, fats, fatty acids, oleic acid, vitamin A/B/C, potassium, zinc, sodium, magnesium and essential oils.

Boosts memory

Experts recommend to take kalonji with honey to alleviate intellectual level. It boosts memorizing ability and also proven helpful for elder people facing memory weakening problem as it is known to improve concentration power and helps cure brain related diseases.


Nowadays pain has become a common problem, but when you can cure this pain naturally then why taking medicines? Researchers prove Kalonji as a natural pain killer that can relieve the pain quickly without any side-effects. Also it cures headache magically.

Prevent Diabetics

As fast-food culture is increasing day by day, the increase in obesity cases is leading to diabetics. Doctors are suggesting it as an effective medicine to regulate blood sugar levels.

Controls cholesterol level

Kalonji seeds assist in lowering down the bad cholesterol level and cures hypertension. Kalonji seed powder also increase levels of good HDL cholesterol [1]. A study in 94 people with diabetes had similar findings, reporting that taking 2 grams of kalonji daily for 12 weeks reduced both total and LDL cholesterol [2].

Cure constipation

Constipation is the gastrointestinal disease. It affects your appetite. It affects the constipation problems efficiently.

Boost immune system

Kalonji helps to stay away from viral and bacterial infections. Consuming it with honey on daily basis help strengthen the vital organs and bones.

Regulate Blood Sugar

High blood sugar level may lead to many other serious problems like vision change, nerve damage etc. Some evidence show that kalonji could help keep blood sugar in control and supplement in avoiding its adverse side effects. One review of seven studies showed that supplementing with kalonji improved levels of fasting and average blood sugar [3].

Prevents hair loss

It gives positive results in the prevention of hair fall. It strengthens the hair and make their core strong. Thus taking it regularly will help you to make your hair strong.


Excess of everything is bad, similar is the case with kalonji. Along with therapeutic potentials, when taken in excess it may lead to many other problems like:

  • It causes skin allergic reactions.
  • Taking in excess may cause damage to kidneys and liver.
  • Pregnant women should avoid using kalonji oil.
  • It retards blood clotting and increase bleeding risk.

Here are discussed some of therapeutic applications of kalonji, but it covers a wide range of health benefits and found effective for many simple problems like asthma, allergies, headaches, digestive disorders and arthritis. Sill research is continue to explore its medical applications and their benefits in health sector.