Ooo Farms Produce
HIGH AMOUNT OF IRON
CONCENTRATED SOURCE OF ENERGY
RICH SOURCE OF LINOLEIC ACID
GOOD SOURCE OF PROTEIN
HIGH LEVEL OF VITAMIN K
- Native to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Malawi.
- Originated in Ethiopia where it was domesticated from about 2000 BCE
- It then spread to India.
- Although primarily grown in Ethiopia and India, it is also present in other countries of Africa, Southeast Asia and in West Indies.
- It is also grown in some parts of Europe.
- Niger Seed is a concentrated source of energy, protein and iron. In fact, a study carried out by Hazra and Taklikar in a group of anemic women in 2015, showed that supplementation of 25 grams of Niger Seed chutney for 30 days significantly improved their haemoglobin levels.
- It is also a rich source of linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid.
- The major polyunsaturated fat in Niger Seed Oil if C18:2, which is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid. It also has low levels of monounsaturated fat (4.7% - 7.3%). This is good news for health benefits but makes Niger Seed oil less ideal as a 'frying oil'. It can, however, used as an oil for sauteeing and as a salad oil.
- Niger Seed is also an excellent source of the fat soluble Vitamin K which is essential for blood-clotting and metabolism. Vitamin K reduces the risk of heart disease, kills cancer cells and enhances skin health.
- Application of Niger Seed Oil on joints helps in Rheumatoid Athritis. In Bundelkhand region, a thick paste of stem and leaves of Niger Seed plant is used for treatment of Rheumatoid pain, as well.
- Sprouted Niger Seeds mixed with garlic is used to treat cough. It can be used twice to thrice a day to treat the same.
- Niger Seed poultices applied to body parts help alleviate pain, itching, swelling, inflammation, abscesses and boils.
- Niger Seed, in some tribal communities, is also used for contraception and treatment of Syphilis.
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