Kalonji for the treatment of COVID-19 infection: All about it
A recent study led by the researchers at the University of Technology in Sydney suggests that Kalonji, also called Nigella seeds can help treat COVID-19 infection. Yes, you read that right.
The study has been published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. Kalonji comes from the plant Nigella Sativa, also known as Fennel Flower and is common in Western Asia and North Africa.
Here is what the author of the study has to say:
Kaneez Fatima Shad, Professor at the University of Technology said, “There is growing evidence from modelling studies that thymoquinone, an active ingredient of Nigella Sativa, more commonly known as the Fennel Flower, can stick to the COVID- 19 virus spike protein and stop the virus from causing a lung infection. It may also block the ‘cytokine’ storm that affects seriously ill patients who are hospitalised with COVID-19.”
She added, “advances in pharmacological development such as nanotechnology have seen the chance to overcome this barrier to enable its use as an effective oral medication. Furthermore, the drug has recently been successfully given to patients as a nasal spray and topical paste.”
Other health benefits of Kalonji
The consumption of kalonji as a spice is good for health but overconsumption can lead to gastrointestinal issues and other health risks. Make sure to consume Kalonji in moderation and consult your doctor before taking any kalonji supplement.
If you suffer from cholesterol problems, kalonji can help by aiding total and reducing LDL cholesterol. This can help improve overall heart health.
Kalonji has antibacterial properties, which can help fight various bacterial infections.
Kalonji reduces inflammation in the body and thus reduces your risk of various diseases.
Aids diabetic treatment
Studies have shown that consumption of kalonji can aid blood sugar treatment.
Kalonji is rich in antioxidants, which benefits your overall health.