The nigella sativa seed is known by various names, including
nigella sativa has been used as a herb and pressed into oil for many centuries, for its medicinal and culinary purposes. Research papers on the many benefits of nigella sativa have already been given in a previous article.
Nutritional Composition of Nigella sativa oil
The main component in the essential oil of nigella sativa is thymoquinone. It contains up to 50% of this phytochemical compound, which has antioxidant properties. It also contains about 40% p-cymene and 15% a-pinene; naturally occurring organic compounds, as well as small amounts of other constituents.
Nigella sativa seeds
It also contains smaller amounts of saturated fatty acids. The two main ones present are:
Commercial nigella sativa oil may also contain parts of the essential oil, mostly thymoquinone, by which it acquires an aromatic flavor. However, different brands contain varying chemical compositions.
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