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What Is Nigella Sativa (Habbatusauda)? Forms, Nutrients, and Health Effects

One study suggests that N. sativa seeds from Bangladesh are made up of around 45% fat, 20% carbs, and 20% protein. They also appear to provide some potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium, although specific amounts aren’t described (2).

Another study suggests that Nigella sativa may also provide small amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as certain B vitamins. However, the precise types and amounts it contains aren’t well described (1Trusted Source).

In contrast, more is known about the plant’s antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

Antioxidants are beneficial plant compounds that help protect your body from cell damage and disease. Nigella sativa appears to be especially rich in antioxidants from the polyphenol, tocopherol, terpenoid, and terpene families.

Of all these antioxidants, thymoquinone — an antioxidant of the terpene and terpenoid family — is by far the most abundant. Experts suggest that this active compound is likely behind most of Nigella sativa’s purported health benefits (1Trusted Source).

Nigella sativa also appears to contain alkaloids and phytosterols, two types of beneficial plant compounds with natural cholesterol-lowering properties (1Trusted Source).