Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 277–287 | Cite as

Effect of black cumin (Nigella sativa) on cadmium-induced oxidative stress in the blood of rats

  • Mehmet Kanter
  • Omer Coskun
  • Ahmet Gurel
Original Articles


The protective effect of black cumin (Nigella sativa=NS) on cadmium-induced oxidative stress was studied in rats. The rats were randomly divided into three experimental groups: A (conrol), B (Cd treated), and C (Cd+NS treated), each containing 10 animals. The Cd-treated and Cd+NS-treated groups were injected subcutaneously daily with CdCl2 dissolved in isotonic NaCl in the amount of 2 mL/kg for 30 d, resulting in a dosage of 0.49 mg Cd/kg/d. The control group was injected with only isotonic NaCl (2 mL/kg/d) throughout the experiment (for 30 d). Three days prior to induction of CdCl2, the Cd+NS-treated group received a daily intraperitoneal injection of 0.2 mL/kg NS until the end of the study. Cd treatment increased significantly the malondialdehyde levels in plasma and erythrocyte (p<0.01 and p<0.05, respectively) and also increased significantly the antioxidant levels (superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase) (p<0.05) compared to the control group. Cd+NS treatment decreased significantly the elevated malondialdehyde levels in plasma and erythrocyte (p<0.01 and p<0.05, respectively) and also reduced significantly the enhanced antioxidant levels (p<0.05). Cd treatment increased significantly the activity of iron levels (p<0.05) in the plasma compared to the control group. Cd+NS treatment decreased the activity of iron levels (p<0.05) in the plasma compared to the Cd-treated group. In the control group with no treatment, histology of erythrocytes was normal. In the Cd-treated group, there were remarkable membrane destruction and hemolytic changes in erythrocytes. In the Cd+NS treated group, these changes were less than in the Cd-treated group. Our results show that N. sativa exerts a protective effect against cadmium toxicity.

Index Entries

Nigella sativa cadmium erythrocyte oxidative stress hemolysis rat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehmet Kanter
    • 1
  • Omer Coskun
    • 1
  • Ahmet Gurel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of MedicineTrakya UniversityEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of MedicineZonguldak Karaelmas UniversityZonguldakTurkey

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