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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602677/immune-responses-to-methanolic-extract-of-black-cumin-nigella-sativa-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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Yasemin Celik Altunoglu, Soner Bilen, Ferhat Ulu, Gouranga Biswas
The immune stimulating effects of the methanolic extract of black cumin (Nigella sativa) in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was evaluated. Variable concentrations of black cumin methanolic extract [0 (Control), 0.1 and 0.5 g kg(-1) of feed] were individually added to the basal diet and rainbow trout was fed for 30 days to assess the innate immune responses and growth performance. Feed conversion ratio significantly decreased in the group fed with 0.5 g kg(-1) black cumin extract. Respiratory burst activity was observed to be the highest in the 0...
June 5, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590231/evaluation-of-phenolic-profile-and-antibacterial-bioactivities-of-nigella-sativa-l-seed-extracts
#2
Anela Topcagic, Sanja Cavar Zeljkovic, Erna Karalija, Semira Galijasevic, Emin Sofic
Black cumin (Nigella sativa L. [N. sativa]) seed extracts demonstrated numerous beneficial biological effects including, among others, antidiabetic, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and antioxidant activity. To better understand the phytochemical composition of N. sativa seeds, methanol seed extracts were analyzed for phenolic acid and flavonoid content. Furthermore, we tested N. sativa methanol, n-hexane, and aqueous seed extracts for their inhibitory activity against anti-butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and catalase (CAT) as well as for antimicrobial activity against several bacteria...
June 7, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489566/thymoquinone-as-an-anticancer-molecule-from-basic-research-to-clinical-investigation
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REVIEW
Md Asaduzzaman Khan, Mousumi Tania, Shangyi Fu, Junjiang Fu
Thymoquinone is an anticancer phytochemical commonly found in black cumin. In this review, we discuss the potential of thymoquinone as anticancer molecule, its mechanism of action and future usage in clinical applications. Thymoquinone exhibits anticancer activity via numerous mechanisms of action, specifically by showing selective antioxidant and oxidant activity, interfering with DNA structure, affecting carcinogenic signaling molecules/pathways and immunomodulation. In vitro activity of thymoquinone has been further implicated in animal models of cancer; however, no clinical application has been proven yet...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449595/pharmaceutical-perspectives-of-spices-and-condiments-as-alternative-antimicrobial-remedy
#4
Savita P D'Souza, Suvarna V Chavannavar, B Kanchanashri, S B Niveditha
Medicinal values of spices and condiments are being revived by biologists through in vitro and in vivo trials providing evidence for its antimicrobial activities. The essential oils and extracts of spices like black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg contain active compounds like piperine, eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, and lignans. Similarly, condiments like coriander, black cumin, turmeric, garlic, and ginger are recognized for constituents like linalool, thymoquinones, curcumin, allicin, and geranial respectively...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407236/processes-to-preserve-spice-and-herb-quality-and-sensory-integrity-during-pathogen-inactivation
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Susan E Duncan, Kayla Moberg, Kemia N Amin, Melissa Wright, Jordan J Newkirk, Monica A Ponder, Gary R Acuff, James S Dickson
Selected processing methods, demonstrated to be effective at reducing Salmonella, were assessed to determine if spice and herb quality was affected. Black peppercorn, cumin seed, oregano, and onion powder were irradiated to a target dose of 8 kGy. Two additional processes were examined for whole black peppercorns and cumin seeds: ethylene oxide (EtO) fumigation and vacuum assisted-steam (82.22 °C, 7.5 psia). Treated and untreated spices/herbs were compared (visual, odor) using sensory similarity testing protocols (α = 0...
May 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400978/thymoquinone-attenuates-brain-injury-via-an-anti-oxidative-pathway-in-a-status-epilepticus-rat-model
#6
Yi-Ye Shao, Bing Li, Yong-Mei Huang, Qiong Luo, Yang-Mei Xie, Ying-Hui Chen
AIM: Status epilepticus (SE) results in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which contribute to seizure-induced brain injury. It is well known that oxidative stress plays a pivotal role in status epilepticus (SE). Thymoquinone (TQ) is a bioactive monomer extracted from black cumin (Nigella sativa) seed oil that has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant activity in various diseases. This study evaluated the protective effects of TQ on brain injury in a lithium-pilocarpine rat model of SE and investigated the underlying mechanism related to antioxidative pathway...
January 2017: Translational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386474/finding-novel-antibiotic-substances-from-medicinal-plants-antimicrobial-properties-of-nigella-sativa-directed-against-multidrug-resistant-bacteria
#7
Seher Nancy Bakal, Stefan Bereswill, Markus M Heimesaat
The progressive rise in multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacterial strains poses serious problems in the treatment of infectious diseases. While the number of newly developed antimicrobial compounds has greatly fallen, the resistance of pathogens against commonly prescribed drugs is further increasing. This rise in resistance illustrates the need for developing novel therapeutic and preventive antimicrobial options. The medicinal herb Nigella sativa and its derivatives constitute promising candidates. In a comprehensive literature survey (using the PubMed data base), we searched for publications on the antimicrobial effects of N...
March 2017: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378356/effect-of-an-orally-formulated-processed-black-cumin-from-iranian-traditional-medicine-pharmacopoeia-in-relieving-symptoms-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Ahmad Salimzadeh, Anahita Ghourchian, Rasool Choopani, Homa Hajimehdipoor, Mohammad Kamalinejad, Maryam Abolhasani
AIM: Osteoarthritis is a global health problem, especially for the elderly. A good replacement for non-surgical treatments is the use of traditional medicines. We selected a revere plant (Nigella sativa L.), a widely utilized medicinal herb for the treatment of inflammatory conditions, from the Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) pharmacopoeia with proven anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions. METHODS: We performed a prospective, randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled clinical trial, in order to investigate whether the herb is useful in alleviating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322956/polysaccharide-of-black-cumin-nigella-sativa-modulates-molecular-signaling-cascade-of-gastric-ulcer-pathogenesis
#9
Srikanta Belagihalli Manjegowda, Harsha Mysore Rajagopal, Shylaja Mallaiah Dharmesh
Gastric ulcer is a multi-step disease and healing requires a complex process including repair and re-architecture of gastric mucosa with the involvement of molecular events. Current study was designed to understand the gastric ulcer healing mechanism of rhamnogalacturonan-I type pectic polysaccharide of black cumin (BCPP) utilizing acetic acid induced gastric ulcers in rats. BCPP fed groups at 200mg/kg b.w. for 10days showed up to 85% healing of gastric ulcers with modulation of key molecular events involved in ulcer healing process such as increase in gastric mucin content, cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2)...
August 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195061/overview-of-the-preclinical-pharmacological-properties-of-nigella-sativa-black-seeds-a-complementary-drug-with-historical-and-clinical-significance
#10
E Z Dajani, T G Shahwan, N E Dajani
Nigella sativa (N. sativa, black seeds; or sometimes known by many other names such as the blessed seed by the Arabs, black cumin in the Holy Bible, black caraway and Kalonji in South Asia) has been traditionally used for many years not only as a food but also as complementary drug. It is the objective of this communication to review the evidence-based pre-clinical pharmacological actions of N. sativa as a basis of its existing and potential new human clinical uses. Primary PubMed literature searches and secondary Medline searches were conducted to define N...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140613/anti-cancer-properties-and-mechanisms-of-action-of-thymoquinone-the-major-active-ingredient-of-nigella-sativa
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Amin F Majdalawieh, Muneera W Fayyad, Gheyath K Nasrallah
Over the past two decades, studies have documented the wide-range anti-cancer effects of Nigella sativa, known as black seed or black cumin. Thymoquinone (TQ), its major active ingredient, has also been extensively studied and reported to possess potent anti-cancer properties. Herein, we provide a comprehensive review of the findings related to the anti-cancer activity of TQ. The review focuses on analyzing experimental studies performed using different in vitro and in vivo models to identify the anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-oxidant, cytotoxic, anti-metastatic, and NK-dependent cytotoxic effects exerted by TQ...
January 31, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120474/effect-of-black-cumin-seeds-on-growth-performance-nutrient-utilisation-immunity-gut-health-and-nitrogen-excretion-by-broiler-chickens
#12
Pawan Kumar, Amlan Kumar Patra, Guru Prasad Mandal, Indranil Samanta, Saktipada Pradhan
BACKGROUND: Use of antibiotic growth promoters (AB) as feed additives in broiler chickens poses risky due to cross-resistance amongst pathogens and residues in tissues. The study aims to evaluate the supplementation of black cumin seed (BCS) as a natural growth promoter on nutrient utilisation, intestinal microbiota and morphology, immunity, anti-oxidant status, protein deposition in muscles, and nitrogen excretion by chickens. RESULTS: Broiler chickens were fed BCS at 0, 5, 10 and 20 g kg(-1) diet...
January 25, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056572/biochemical-characterization-anti-inflammatory-properties-and-ulcerogenic-traits-of-some-cold-pressed-oils-in-experimental-animals
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Faten M Ibrahim, Hanan Naeim Attia, Yousreya Aly Aly Maklad, Kawkab A Ahmed, Mohamed F Ramadan
CONTEXT: Cold-pressed oils (CPO) are commercially available in the market and characterized by their health-promoting properties. OBJECTIVE: Clove oil (CLO), coriander seed oil (COO) and black cumin oil (BCO) were evaluated for their bioactive lipids. Pharmacological screening was performed to evaluate acute toxicity, anti-inflammatory and ulcerogenic effects as well as histopathological changes in tissues of albino rats fed with CPO. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fatty acids, tocols and total phenolics were analyzed...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904549/effects-of-nigella-sativa-supplementation-on-blood-parameters-and-anthropometric-indices-in-adults-a-systematic-review-on-clinical-trials
#14
REVIEW
Alireza Mohtashami, Mohammad Hasan Entezari
BACKGROUND: Nigella sativa (N. sativa) has been used in traditional medicine and several studies have been performed in the last decades to reveal the effects of it on different medical disorders such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity. We evaluated the effects of N. sativa supplementation on lipid profiles, glycemic control, blood pressure (BP), and some anthropometric indices in humans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A search on published studies was done by using databases including PubMed, Google Scholar, Thomas Reuters Web of Science, and Cochrane...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781067/quantitative-scrutinization-of-aflatoxins-in-different-spices-from-pakistan
#15
Narjis Naz, Aiza Kashif, Kinza Kanwal, Abdul Muqeet Khan, Mateen Abbas
The current research work aimed to access the contamination level of aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2 in the household spices that are widely consumed in huge amounts. 200 different spice samples, 100 packed and 100 unpacked, were analyzed for the aflatoxins profile by HPLC with an incidence of 61.5% contamination out of which 53.66% samples exceed the EU limit. The results disclosed that the unpacked samples are more contaminated as compared to the packed samples except for white cumin seeds. Among packed and unpacked samples of spices, the maximum value of aflatoxins was detected in fennel, that is, 27...
2016: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774425/a-case-series-of-the-effects-of-a-novel-composition-of-a-traditional-natural-preparation-for-the-treatment-of-psoriasis
#16
A Michalsen, O Eddin, A Salama
The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a specific composition of a traditional herbal preparation (DurrDerma) in adult patients with moderate to severe skin psoriasis. The preparation is a newly developed topical combination containing plant-based extracts traditionally used in skin disease as black cumin, olive oil, tea tree oil, cocoa butter completed by vitamin A and vitamin B12. We documented the effectiveness of the preparation in a first case series. A total of 12 patients (8 males and 4 females, 21-86 y) with manifest and treatment-resistant psoriasis were included and treated for 12 weeks...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752803/nigella-sativa-oil-reduces-extrapyramidal-symptoms-eps-like-behavior-in-haloperidol-treated-rats
#17
Tafheem Malik, Sheema Hasan, Shahid Pervez, Tasneem Fatima, Darakhshan Jabeen Haleem
The symptoms of Parkinsonism and oral dyskinesia have been showing to be induced by neuroleptics that significantly affect its clinical use. In this study, we investigate whether Nigella sativa-oil (NS) (black cumin seeds)-a traditional medicine used for the seizure treatment in eastern country-may reduce the haloperidol (HAL)-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS)-like behavior in rats. After combine treatment with HAL (1 mg/kg) on NS (0.2 ml/rat), rats displayed a significant decreased EPS-like behavior including movement disorders and oral dyskinesia as compared to controls...
December 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27652055/the-myth-of-oral-hygiene-using-synthetic-mouthwash-products
#18
Ghulam Zahara Jahangir, Durre Shahwar Ashraf, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Madeha Sadiq, Sobia Shahzad, Farah Naz, Muhammad Iqbal, Afifa Saeed
The synthetic oral cleansing and teeth whitening products like mouthwashes exert adverse effects on teeth, gums and mucous membrane of oral cavity and their extensive use is being criticized. Determining the effect of frequent use of mouthwashes, human cheek cells and their DNA have been studied. Five mouthwash brands were tested and their effects were examined on membrane and DNA of human cheek cells which were found to be very expressive and severe. The DNA, also, received severe damage and breaks developed in its double stranded structure resulting in detachment of small fragments from DNA...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649635/recent-advances-on-the-anti-cancer-properties-of-nigella-sativa-a-widely-used-food-additive
#19
Amin F Majdalawieh, Muneera W Fayyad
The use of naturally-occurring agents to regulate tumorigenesis is on the rise. Several herbal extracts, pure plant-derived active constituents, and food additives have been reported to possess potent anti-cancer properties and cancer-ameliorating effects. The wide-range anti-cancer effects of Nigella sativa, also known as black seed or black cumin, have been extensively studied using different in vitro and in vivo models. Here, we provide a comprehensive, analytical review of the reported anti-cancer properties of N...
July 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27579151/nigella-sativa-relieves-the-altered-insulin-receptor-signaling-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-fed-with-a-high-fat-diet
#20
Mahmoud Balbaa, Marwa El-Zeftawy, Doaa Ghareeb, Nabil Taha, Abdel Wahab Mandour
The black cumin (Nigella sativa) "NS" or the black seeds have many pharmacological activities such as antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antihypertensive, and antidiabetic properties. In this work, streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats fed with a high-fat diet were treated daily with NS oil (NSO) in order to study the effect on the blood glucose, lipid profile, oxidative stress parameters, and the gene expression of some insulin receptor-induced signaling molecules. This treatment was combined also with some drugs (metformin and glimepiride) and the insulin receptor inhibitor I-OMe-AG538...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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