Niger plant seeds are smaller in size and black coloured. It bears a fairly thick, adherent seed coat and can be stored for up to a year without deterioration. Niger seed contains proteins, oil and soluble sugars.
They also help lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Its oil is known to prevent premature ageing and greying of hair. 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.
Niger seed oil can be used to cure asthma and improves coughing, wheezing, and other lung function. It aids sleep and heart health along with skin and hair conditions. It accelerates healing and reduces inflammation.
Niger seed is highly rich in protein and fatty acids. It is a good source of linoleic acid and consists of essential nutrients like niacin, oleic acid, carbohydrates, protein, fibres, stearic acid, riboflavin and ascorbic acids. Niger seed oil is also very rich in important minerals like sodium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper and potassium.