Nigella sativa: Properties, Uses and Effects

Sanjin Berghuis (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI011000

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Nigella sativa: Properties, Uses and Effects outlines current knowledge on the nutritive value of Nigella sativa (black cumin). N. sativa has many therapeutic effects and is considered one of the most important medicinal plants in the world because of its antioxidant, anticoccidial, anthelminthic and antimicrobial properties.

Based on the use of N. sativa in traditional medicine as a treatment for some diseases, researchers have investigated its effects on asthma, hypertension, diabetes, and inflammation.

Much of the biological properties of N. sativa including antihypertensive nephroprotection, antipyretic, antimicrobial, and antineoplastic has been attributed to presence of thymoquinone. As such, the authors accounts for therapeutic potential of thymoquinone.
Additionally, a field experiment was conducted to determine the influence of plant density and fertilization on seed and biomass yield and quality of N. sativa in order to define alternatives to local forage and feed sources for animals feeding in the Mediterranean region.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Nutritive Value of Black Cumin (Nigella sativa L.)
(Pier Giorgio Peiretti, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, National Research Council, Grugliasco, Italy)

Chapter 2. Antioxidant, Anticancer, Antimicrobial Effects of Nigella sativa Seeds and Its Pharmacological Uses
(Heba I. Mohamed, Mohamed Moustafa-Farag, Hossam S. El-Beltagi, Naglaa A. Ashry, Eman M. Fawzi, Hanaa H. El-Shazly, Abdelfattah Badr and Maged M. Abou El-Enain, Biological and Geological Sciences Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and others)

Chapter 3. Therapeutic Potentials of Nigella sativa Major Component: Thymoquinone
(Sunita Singh, Navyug Kanya Mahavidyalaya, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India) 

Chapter 4. Influence of Plant Density and Fertilization on Yield and Crude Protein of Nigella sativa L.: An Alternative Forage and Feed Source
(Ioannis E. Roussis, Ioanna Kakabouki, Eleni Tsiplakou, and Dimitrios Bilalis, Laboratory of Agronomy, Department of Crop Science, School of Plant Sciences, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

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