Black cumin (Nigella sativa) seeds: Chemistry, Technology, Functionality, and Applications

Black cumin (Nigella sativa) seeds: Chemistry, Technology, Functionality, and Applications

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Recent developments in the field of nutrition have led to increased interest in herbs and medicinal plants as phytochemical-rich sources for functional food, nutraceuticals, and drugs. As research sheds light on the therapeutic potential of various bioactive phytochemicals, the demand for plant extracts and oils has increased.

Black cumin or black seeds (Nigella sativa) have particularly widespread nutritional and medicinal applications. In traditional medicine, black seeds are used to manage fatigue and chronic headache. Black seed oil is used as an antiseptic and analgesic remedy and for treatment of joint's pain and stiffness and can be mixed with sesame oil to treat dermatosis, abdominal disorders, cough, headache, fever, liver ailments, jaundice, sore eyes, and hemorrhoids. Thymoquinone, the main constituent in black seed volatile oil, has been shown to suppress carcinogenesis.

Black cumin (Nigella sativa) seeds: Chemistry, Technology, Functionality, and Applications presents in detail the chemical composition, therapeutic properties, and functionality of high-value oils, phytochemicals, nutrients, and volatiles of the Nigella sativa seed. Organized by formulation (seeds, fixed oil, essential oil, and extracts), chapters break this seed down into its chemical constituents and explore their role in the development of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, novel food, natural drugs, and feed. Following numerous reports on the health-promoting activities of Nigella sativa, this is the first comprehensive presentation of the functional, nutritional, and pharmacological traits of Nigella sativa seeds and seed oil constituents.

Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan is a Professor in the Agricultural Biochemistry Department at Zagazig University (Egypt). Since 2013, he is a Professor of Biochemistry and university consultant of international publishing at Umm Al-Qura University (Makkah, Saudi Arabia). He has published more than 220 research papers and reviews in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as several books and book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at several international conferences. Since 2003, Prof. Ramadan has served as a reviewer and editor in several highly-cited international journals, such as Journal of Medicinal Food and Journal of Advanced Research.

ISBN 9783030487980
Artikelnummer 9783030487980
Medientyp E-Book - PDF
Copyrightjahr 2020
Verlag Springer-Verlag
Umfang 558 Seiten
Sprache Englisch
Kopierschutz Digitales Wasserzeichen