Black cumin

Other Names:

Black Seeds, Black Caraway, Black Onion Seed, Kalonji


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Black Cumin

Nigella sativa

Black cumin (Nigella sativa) is a widely used medicinal herb found worldwide. It is native to Southern Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia and it is cultivated in many countries in the world like Middle Eastern Mediterranean region, South Europe, India, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia. Black cumin seeds contain a fatty oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids, mainly linoleic acid (50-60%), oleic acid (20%), eicodadienoic acid (3%) and dihomolinoleic acid (10%).

Egg Quality
Black cumin at the level of 2 or 3% positively influenced egg production, egg weight, and shell quality and decreased the concentration of cholesterol in the egg yolk.

Adding 2% black cumin seeds to the diet of laying hens can decrease Escherichia coli counts.

Black cumin extract can inhibit Infectious Bronchitis virus at an early point in infection, probably by rendering the virus non-infectious.

Summary of Black cumin-related Research in Poultry

FormSpeciesAmountTime periodResultsRef
Seed PowderBroilers10 to 20 g/kg42 daysImproved FCR, plasma lipid profile and antibody-mediated immunityH Ghasemi et al., 2014
SeedsBroilers1%42 daysIncreased average daily gainT Guler et al., 2006
Seed PowderBroilersab-libitum42 daysIncreased body weight and improved feed conversion rate.O Ashayerizadeh et al., 2009
Seed PowderLaying hens2 to 3%42 daysBeneficial for egg production, egg weight, shell quality and decreased concentration of cholesterol in the egg yolk.R Aydin et al., 2008
SeedsLaying hens1%42 daysSignificantly increased body weight; decreased FCRS Khalaji et al., 2011
Whole SeedLaying hens10 to 30 g/kg84 daysLowered serum and egg yolk concentrations of triacylglycerols and phospholipids; reduced egg production; significant increase in hen's body weight.E Bagir et al., 2015


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