Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Spices: Modern Uses for Ancient Medicine

By Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ajaikumar B. Kunnumakkara

…primarily used as a spice and food preservative. Several beneficial pharmacological affects have been attributed to various crude and purified components of blackseed, including anti-histaminic, anti-hypertensive, hypoglycemic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity.

…Based on these series of experiments, chemotherapeutic and chemo-preventive effects of Nigella sativa seeds have been attributed to quinone, mainly thymoquinone (TQ) present in the seeds oil.  [TQ 0.6%]

…In addition, natural agents are advantageous for application to humans because of their combined mild mechanism and their ability to spare healthy cells.


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