Small Fennel, Black Cumin
Latin name: Nigella sativa
Sanskrit/Indian name: Mugrela, Upakuncika, Kalonji, Kalajira, Kalajaji
Research suggests that taking black seed extract by mouth improves coughing, wheezing, and lung function in people with asthma. However, black seed may not be as effective as the drugs theophylline or salbutamol.
Researchers found that just two grams daily of black seed could result in reduced fasting blood sugar levels, along with decreased insulin resistance, and increased beta-cell function in the pancreas.
In cell studies, black seed has been found to have anti-cancer properties, inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells specifically.