💪 IMMUNE RESILIENCE #15: Nigella Seed Spiced Rice Recipe
Immune Resilience #15: Nigella Seed Spiced Rice Recipe. Nigella seed (nigella sativa) black cumin or black caraway seed has been hailed as a potential superfood ‘cure-all’ – critically supporting immune health. Dr Kara Fitzgerald ND, renowned functional medicine practitioner writes:
When it comes to versatility and the power of its health benefits, black cumin seed stands above other botanicals.
The black seed of nigella sativa (black cumin seed) has been used for over three thousand years for preventing and treating many different diseases. In ancient texts and historical documents black cumin seed is noted for its therapeutic attributes and ability to support the body in its own natural healing processes.
Archeological studies report that black cumin seed seeds have been found in several sites from ancient Egypt, including in the tomb of Tutankhamun. It has been revered as a beauty secret since ancient times as Queen Nefertiti, renowned for her complexion, was, a reportedly a devoted black cumin seed user.
Ibri Sina, the Persian physician and philosopher, discussed black cumin seed in the text Canon of Medicine, considered a hallmark publication in the history of human medicine and used as the primary medical text throughout Europe until the 17th century. In it he states that black cumin seed has preventive and restorative features as it “stimulates the body’s energy and helps in recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness.”
Black cumin has a long, long history of therapeutic use: cancer, supporting immune health, heart disease, diabetes, infections, viruses, neurological conditions, pain, inflammation, digestive disorders, asthma and allergies.
Nigella seed is used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The black seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper and oregano and are used in flavouring curries, vegetables and pulses and often in naan bread.
Nigella seed is a go-to in my kitchen and I guarantee this rice dish recipe will see you back at the pot for seconds. And thirds! I can’t emphasise enough the culinary, health and healing value of herbs and spices – so much so that I have devoted a whole chapter to their precious benefits in my book The Real Food Solution (see below).
Nigella Seed Spiced Coconut Rice Recipe
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Resilient health is holistic health…
Our health is in our hands … WE make the decision to create the lifestyle changes that bring energy, vitality and resilient health… so let’s take the first step, however small, and walk purposefully and consistently towards those goals.
This post is part of the Immune Support Series – with this series, I’m making a commitment to my subscribers to provide helpful, evidence-based information and insights into what we can do with nutrition and lifestyle medicine to build immune resilience – the capacity of our immune system to respond to external challenges (such as the Covid-19 pandemic) and return to a healthy state of wellbeing.
THE REAL FOOD SOLUTION
Our risk for contracting communicable diseases like the Covid-19 virus increases when our immune system is weak and a weakened immune system is largely the result of a less-than-optimal diet and an unsupportive lifestyle.
Even as we are experiencing this current crisis, we are also seeing underlying epidemics of chronic diseases of every kind – diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, degenerative, digestive and autoimmune disorders across the globe. These conditions too, are largely diet and lifestyle-driven and they are preventable.
We need to act now
We have robust science to show us that what we eat has never been more important for our health and, because all life is inextricably connected, for our planet. The Real Food Solution will help you to discover the power of real food as medicine for better health.. for you and for our planet.
Crises like Covid-19 are a test our humanity… let’s stop queuing up for loo rolls and start creating a strong, resilient foundation of immune health… together.
Stay safe, stay informed and get empowered, Izabella.