Phytochemical analysis of black cumin or miracle seed (Nigela sativa)

Authors: Mohammed Suleiman, Ogedengbe V. U, Oricha P. O

The seed is traditionally known in the Middle East as habbat al-Baraka (habbat =seed in Arabic; al Baraka = blessing) due to its powerful healing qualities and remarkable therapeutic potentials. The study was carried out to evaluate the Phytochemical analysis of black cumin or miracle seed (Nigela sativa). The Phytochemical screening revealed the presence of tannins, saponins, anthroquinohes, glycosides and terpenoids. The Phytochemical screenings showed that saponins, glycosides and anthroquinones were moderately present in te black cumin seed, steroids, reducing sugar, flavonoids were not detected in the black cumin sed. The results of Phytochemical analysis of black cumin indicate that the samples had good antioxidant activities. The result indicated showed the scientific basis for the traditional uses of black cumin seed or miracle seed (Nigela sativa). 

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