Black cumin seeds are small nutty flavoured black seeds derived from the fruit of an annual flowering plant called Nigella Sativa. Kalonji seeds are widely used as a spice and often added to traditional Indian flatbreads or naan, curries and stews or with Indian lentils or dal.
Its use can be traced back several centuries as a natural remedy for everything from bronchitis to diarrhea. It favorably affects several parameters related to heart disease risk including lowering total and LDL cholesterol, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, reducing plaque formation. It also reduces blood glucose, as well as diabetic-associated complications such as neuropathy.