I am a 35-year-old-woman and want to lose weight naturally. I have been told that kalonji seeds are highly beneficial for this. Is it true? How do I use it?
Kalonji or Nigella Sativa is known to have a number of health benefits and one of them is weight loss. While the seed does help diabetes and people with high cholesterol levels, kalonji is a well known remedy for weight loss.
Packed with nutrients like trace elements, vitamins, aromatic oils, and enzymes. Kalonji also has compounds like has crystalline nigellone, amino acids, saponin, crude fiber, proteins, fatty acids like linolenic and oleic acids, volatile oils, alkaloids, iron, sodium, potassium and calcium.
What makes it great for weight loss:
As per a study published in the Indonesian Journal of Internal Medicine, kalonji helps reduce central fat (or fat around the belly). The study also showed that the men who were given these seeds as a form of weight loss treatment, lost belly fat within a week, showed a considerable drop in total weight, blood pressure (systolic) and their waist circumference. And all of this without any side effects. They believe that the reason the seeds worked wonders is because of its high fibre content and presence of nigellone.
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How to use the seeds to lose weight:
All you need to do is take about four to five seeds, crush them and add the powder to warm water. To this add a spoon of honey and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in the water. While lemon is not essential to the process, it does add significant weight reduction properties to the drink, helping in washing out stored waste from the stomach. It also helps reduce the fat around the belly, making this mixture perfect to get those flat abs you've always wanted. Here's how hot water, lemon and honey can help you lose weight.
A word of caution: Do not have more than four to five seeds in a day. Kalonji seeds tend to aggravate pitta in your body and may lead to the imbalance of the three doshas in the body. Also read - can acai berry help you lose weight?
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 Datau EA, Wardhana, Surachmanto EE, Pandelaki K, Langi JA, Fias. Efficacy of Nigella sativa on serum free testosterone and metabolic disturbances in central obese male. Acta Med Indones. 2010 Jul;42(3):130-4. PubMed PMID: 20724766.