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Niger Seed/Ramtil Oil Important Facts & Health Benefits

Niger Seed/Ramtil Oil Important Facts & Health Benefits

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Niger seed oil is obtained from Niger plant seeds. Niger plant is a herb that grows annually and is cultivated for its edible seeds. The shape of niger seeds resemble the sunflower seeds, but Niger seeds are smaller and black in color than sunflower seeds.

Niger seed is also known as Ramtil. Niger seed oil excellent source of fatty acids and linoleic acids. So it useful as a cooking oil in chutneys, curries and another health infusion. 

Niger seed oil is known for its positive effects on human health, such as speed up the healing process, protect skin from infections, improve heart health and vascular health, cure insomnia, stimulate healthy blood circulation and reducing inflammation, immunity booster, cure cough and coryza, cure gastrointestinal discomfort etc. 

Botanical Name: Guizotia abyssinica 

Niger belongs to the Asteraceae family and on the Guizotia genus. It was probably domesticated before 3000 BC in the highlands of Ethiopia. Niger seed is now grown widely in Ethiopia, India and Nepal and on a smaller scale in parts of montane, eastern and southern Africa, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan and the West Indies. In the 19th century, it was also grown in Europe where it still occurs as a casual and it is currently grown on a small scale in the United States. 

Health Benefits


Immunity booster
Niger seed oil has an anti-parasitic property with antioxidant properties. These both properties can work together and give a great result to the immunity power. 

Anti-parasitic property can reduce the risk of infection and if infections occur antioxidants can fight with infections and boost up the immunity. 

Niger seed oil also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. These all properties help to fight various kinds of infection like bacteria, fungi, etc. it fights with infections and repair tissue damage. 

Niger seed oil also treats respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. So niger seed oil is helpful in preventing coryza, flu, bronchitis etc. that's why niger seed oil can improve the immunity.

MAIN THING: Anti-parasitic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties improve the immunity.

Heart health

Niger seed oil is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and linoleic acids. These fatty acids are given protection to the heart from the heart attack, atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular enlargement, chest pain or angina, etc. 

Niger seed oil is the main source of magnesium. Magnesium is good for heart health. Magnesium works on the pressure of blood and gives protection against high blood pressure. So it affects blood circulation by controlling normal pressure and keeps healthy circulation. 

Niger seed oil is also the richest source of good cholesterol or HDL. This good cholesterol can reduce the level of bad cholesterol. It can increase the binding process of bile acid because of bile acid can binding with cholesterol and niger seed oil can help in removing the bile acids. So indirectly remove bile acid it means remove of bad cholesterol.

MAIN THING: Niger seed oil can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis by keeping healthy circulation and a healthy heart due to presence of Omega 3 fatty acids, linoleic acid and Magnesium in it.

Gastrointestinal care

Niger seed oil has many amino acids, fatty acids and antioxidants that can reduce the digestive troubles like constipation, bloating, cramping, piles, stomach ache, etc.

The anti-inflammatory property of niger seed oil can reduce inflammation and protect to gastrointestinal tract from the bad bacteria. It prevents bacteria and parasites from improving the immune system.

MAIN THING: Niger seed oil include in diet helps to improve in digestion.

Relief in rheumatism

Niger seed oil has healing properties. This healing property works as medicine and reduces pain in joints. Niger seed oil used by a naturopath for cured rheumatism. 

Niger seed oil has pain killer property so it can be used as a massage to decrease the joint pain. It gives relief in pain or aches and also reduces the number of skin problems. 

Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, which can cause oxidative stress and this stress can cause inflammation in the body, thus eliminating those free radicals by antioxidants. So it gives relief in joints pain.

MAIN THING: Niger seed oil has a good amount of antioxidants and also anti-inflammatory properties. These both are work as a remedy to the person who suffers from arthritis, gout, rheumatism, fever or high blood pressure.

Cure cough and coryza

Niger seed oil also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. These all properties help to fight various kinds of infection, like bacteria, fungi, etc. it fights with infections and repair tissue damage. 

Niger seed oil also treats respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. So niger seed oil is helpful in preventing coryza, flu, bronchitis, etc.

MAIN THING: A regular massage of this oil extract on the chest, back and other parts of the body give relief against common symptoms of flu and cold.

Improve sleep

Niger seed oil has many minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc etc. These all are good for the hormonal process. These can help in stabilizing circadian rhythm and induce the release of certain neurotransmitters. This neurotransmitter can allow the body to take rest enough and also command to the sleep receptors. So if anyone suffering from insomnia it is good for them. 

MAIN THING: Magnesium, potassium and zinc found in Niger seed oil help to induce sleep.

Skin care
Niger seed oil is a wonderful remedy for different skin conditions because of the niger seed oil is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants in niger seed oil treat skin problems such as scabies, burns, wound, syphilis, rashes, skin irritation, etc.

Antioxidants in niger seed oil help to enhance the healing process and remove the inflammation. Antioxidants can boost up the immunity of the body and this immunity can help in reducing inflammation. These anti-inflammatory and immunity booster properties can remove the burns, wounds, laceration, etc.

Antioxidants in niger seed oil also neutralize free radicals which present in the body, because free radicals can produce many chronic diseases. Free radicals in the body can produce oxidative stress in the body. This oxidative stress can damage the cells by decrease the oxygen supply so this oil can reduce the oxidative stress and reduce the fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. So niger seed oil can be used in many beauty products.

MAIN THING: Antioxidants rich in niger seed oil good for skin health.

Safety Profiles


Toxicity: If niger seed oil can be taken in the excessive amount it can produce toxicity and it can prove fatal. So take this oil in food amount. 

Low blood pressure: If anyone suffering from lower blood pressure or taken medicine for high blood pressure, taken niger seed oil under the guidance of medical practitioners because niger seed oil can reduce the blood pressure. 

Obesity: Niger seed oil can help in gaining weight, so do not take niger seed oil if anyone already suffering from obesity. 

Selection and Storage


Selection 
Select the oil that can full of nutrients. During choosing of oil also look for the color of oil, the odor of oil and the quality of oil as well as content present in the oil.  

Always buy oil at the supermarket where the good and fresh quality is available. 

Storage 
Store the oil in a clean, dry and airtight container. Keep in a cool and dry place away from humid weather.
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