There are purportedly 100 constituent elements which make up the components within Nigella Sativa seeds. The most commonly studied elements are the Nigellone and ThymoQuinone elements used in many clinical trials.
A general breakdown of Nigella’s basic parts.
(May vary by region, weather, variety, etc.)
- Protein 20-24%
- Carbohydrates 29-27%
- Fiber 6%
- Ash 3%-14%
- Moisture 5%
- ThymoQuinone .6%
- Oil 27%
- Essential Oil 1%
- omega 3&6 34-39%
From the site: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/black-cumin/
The main active ingredient in black seed oil is crystalline nigellone. The seed oil also contains beta sitosterol, thymoquinone, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins and vitamins B1, B2 and B3.
The seeds also contain calcium, folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous. The high content of phytosterols found in black cumin oil is also necessary to the human body for natural production of hormones, pro-vitamin D and bile acid – aiding in a prevention of endocrine disorders, immune deficiency and the #1 killer – cardiovascular disease. As a result, these tiny black cumin seeds provide an all-around super multi-vitamin of nutrition.