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Niger Seed Oil Health Benefits

Niger seed oil is obtained from the seeds of Niger plant, which belongs to the Asteraceae family and of the Guizotia genus. Normally it has a poor shelf life and will become rancid when stored for a long period.


Its fatty acid composition is similar to sunflower oil and has high content of linoleic acid.


It is used substitute for olive oil and can be mixed with linseed oil. Tiger nut produces high quality oil about 25.5% of its content and protein about 8% of the nut.


The nut is high in oil content and the oil was implicated as lauric acid grade oil, non acidic stable and very low unsaturated.


The nuts were valued for their nutritious starch content, dietary fibre and carbohydrate.


The nut is also very rich in mineral content such as Sodium, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and traces of Copper.


Its tubers are also said to be aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, emmanogogue, stimulant and tonic.


Tiger nut has also been reported to be used in the treatment of flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, dysentery and excessive thirst.


The oil from the seeds is used in the treatment of rheumatism; it is also applied to treat burns, a paste of the seeds is applied as a poultice in the treatment of scabies.


It is used as a substitute for olive oil, can be mixed with linseed oil, and is used as an adulterant for rape oil, sesame oil among others.


The benefits of niger seed are less well documented, but tribal wisdom says their health benefits are similar to those of black sesame seeds.


Traditionally, niger oil is used as a massage oil. Its therapeutic properties offer relief in case of aches, pains and skin problems.


Before using this oil contact a health care professional before use, especially if nursing or pregnant.

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