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Black cumin (Nigella sativa)

ImageNigella sativa commonly known as Black cumin or Black seed has a long history of medicinal and culinary use in the Middle East and Asia, commonly appears on breads such as tsoureki (τσουρέκι), which is prepared during the Easter celebrations in Greece and Cyprus, Naan bread in India and çörek buns in Turkey.

In India and Middle East, it was traditionally used to treat indigestion, loss of appetite, fever, diarrhoea, general weakness, chest congestion, asthma and arthritis.

black cumin seedsIt was found in  ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamun’s tomb probably to assist him in the afterlife, it is mentioned in the Old Testament, and it is reported in the Unani and Avicenna medicines as the seed that stimulates the body’s energy and helps recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness. In Islam,  Abu Hurairah writes the  sayings of Muhammad: “Use the black seed, which is a healing for all diseases except death”.

Therapeutic Activity

Nigella sativa seems to attribute its therapeutic activity to thymoquinone, the major active constituent of the volatile oil but the whole plant demonstrates:

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Analgesic
  3. Antipyretic
  4. Antimicrobial
  5. Decreases triglycerides
  6. Hypocholesterolemic
  7. Hypoglycaemic
  8. Antioxidant
  9. Digestive
  10. Anthelmintic
  11. Carminative
  12. Diuretic
  13. Emmenagogue
  14. Galactagogue
  15. Chemoprevantative and antitumour activity (Antineoplastic)
  16. Protection against nephrotoxicity and hepatotoxicity induced by either disease or chemicals

Clinical trials

According to clinical trials, Black cumin improved the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, reduced hyperlipidaemia (high lipid blood levels) and has shown beneficial results with type 2 diabetes. However, more clinical trials are needed to confirm findings.

Other medicinal uses

  • reduction of central obesity (3 g/day, taken for 3 months)
  • Type 2 diabetes (2 g/day dose)
    • fasting blood glucose decreased significantly
    • HbA1c decreased by 1.5% at the end of the 12 weeks (p < 0.0001
    • insulin resistance was reduced (p < 0.01) and beta-cell function was increased (p < 0.02) at 12 weeks
  • H. pylori infection (2 g/day)
  • Worm infestation

Caution

  • Not to be used during pregnancy

Food for Organs

Food for Organs

Purslane (Γλυστιρίδα), “The Miracle Weed”

Glystirida

Purslane, in Cyprus known as Glystirida (Γλυστιρίδα) is a wild weed belonging to the Portulacaceae family and scientifically known as Portulaca oleracea. Purslane may be a ‘noxious weed’ found in sidewalk cracks but its nutritious profile put it among the ‘superfoods’.

It has been recently discovered that it contains the highest source of α-linoleic acid (ALA) in the vegetable kingdom, which is converted by the body to Omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Vegans and Vegetarians may benefit from purslane because they don’t eat fish, but also those looking for a cheaper source of these healthy fatty acids than salmon. ALA protects the heart, lowers triglyceride levels, has anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic action and it is needed for proper brain function.

This low-calorie content vegetable is also packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals. 100 grams of raw purslane contains:

  • purslaneVitamin A – 1320 IU
  • Vitamin C – 21 mg
  • Calcium – 65 mg
  • Iron – 2 mg of Iron
  • Magnesium – 68 mg
  • Omega 3 – 400 mg
  • amino acids and other.

Other Constituents

  • Acids: Cinnamic acids, Caffeic acid, Malic acids, Citric acids.
  • Minerals: Calcium oxalate, Potassium nitrate, Iron, Phosphorous, Manganese, Copper, Silicone.
  • Phytosterols: α-sitosterol, α-sitosterol-glucoside
  • Allantoin
  • Alkaloids: noradrenaline, dopamine
  • Coumarins
  • Flavonoids
  • Cardiac glycosides
  • Anthraquinone glycosides
  • Catechol
  • Saponins
  • Tannins
  • Glutathione
  • Coenzyme Q10

Historical Uses

Historically, in ancient Greece, Hippocrates used purslane for metrorrhagia (excessive uterine bleeding), Galenus for the healing of wounds and toothache, and Dioscurides for eye disorders. It was regarded as a ‘cold’ herb by monk Agapius Landus in the 17th century and it was used to treat fevers.

Therapeutic Uses

  • Diabetes, Insulin resistance and Hyperglycemia
    • assists with blood sugar control
    • Reduces HbA1c
    • Improves blood glucose metabolism
    • Assists in the transport of blood glucose into the cells
    • Reduces glucose absorption from intestine into the blood stream
    • Assists in the modulation of cell receptor sensitivity
  • Metabolic syndrome and Obesity
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea,  worms, dyspepsia, dysentery and colitis
  • Genitourinary tract bleeding and infections
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Colds, flu, fever

In Cyprus, we usually eat purslane leaves in a salad with tomatoes, onion, cucumber and pickled olives and feta cheese with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar and a pinch of salt.

Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

woman-standing-on-the-scale-frustrated1Great article by Authority Nutrition breaking the myths of modern diet and what has been thought to be healthy that is proven to be actually harmful and unhealthy. Of course one can see political and financial reasons behind these lies supported by nutritionist, doctors and manufacturing industries and propagated through the media and medical articles.

Cognitive Booster


Brain
Former Brain Tonic formula is now named Cognitive Booster. Cheaper and 5 mL more, it contains Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola, Bacopa and Ginkgo. This adaptogenic formula can be taken by anyone who wants to increase brain performance, increase cognition and memory, reduce stress levels, improve Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) disorder and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease or for students who wish to improve their cognition. For orders please visit the Herbal Formulation page.

Almond Coconut Honey Butter

Since I have been on a gluten free diet, improvisation in the kitchen has been increased. Today I came up with “Almond Coconut Honey ButterAlmond Coconut Honey Butter”. I blended a handful of raw almonds until really fine and oily and added a teaspoonful of organic coconut oil (solid state), a teaspoon of raw organic honey and few Himalayan crystal salts. You may add more almonds later in the mix if you want it crunchy. It is delicious whether you want to use it as a spread or just eat it like that for extra energy. For chocolate lovers, add few cocoa beans.

Coconut oil contains healthy fat including CLA which helps to burn your own fat; almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat and lower bad cholesterol and atherosclerosis; raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and Himalayan salt offers all the natural elements exactly identical to the elements in your body. Cocoa beans are antioxidant and antidepressive.

New Herbal Digestive Tonic

The combined action of this formula containing Milk thistle, Dandelion root, Gentian and Ginger is to stimulate digestive secretions to aid digestion and strengthen and tone the whole upper digestive system.

Milk thistle and Dandelion root also help with the breakdown of fat and liver detoxification. Gentian is one of the most bitter herbs. The bitters not only stimulate digestive secretions through neuronal pathways via the tongue but also assist the body to maintain normal immune function in the digestive system.

The Digestive tonic is indicated for sluggish indigestion, lack of appetite or to simply aid digestion.

Dosage: 2 mL three times a day 15 minutes before meals with some water or juice.

You may order the Digestive tonic from here.


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