Black Seed Oil Benefits

There is no other herb known to work with such a wide range of healing capabilities.

Nigella Sativa is known by many names and commonly referred to as Black Seed or Black Cumin. in Arabic countries, it is habbat as-sawda or Habbat ul barakah (the Blessed Seed), as a result of the saying of the Holy Prophet (SWS).
It is Schwarzkummel in Germany and Cörek Otu in Turkey. It is often called Black Onion Seed because of its similarity in appearance to onion seed but the two share no relation to each other. Other names are Black caraway, Black sesame and Roman coriander.
Nigella sativa has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years. The earliest record of this marvelous seed dates back more than 3300 years ago to the days of the Egyptian pharaohs, who believed the seed was a cure-all and important enough to accompany them in the after-life.

WHAT ARE THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF BLACK SEED OIL?

The black seed and the oil derived from it are considered to be functional foods, safe enough to be used as a home remedy for promoting good health and preventing disease but powerful enough to treat almost all of the chronic diseases affecting millions worldwide. No wonder the black seed has been described as a miracle herb.
The nutritional profile of the black seed is quite astonishing in its complexity. More than 100 different substances have been identified thus far but it is likely there are still more to be discovered. Black seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids, tocopherols and phytosterols, as well as the antioxidants thymoquinone, carvacrol, thymol, p-cymene, anethole, and 4-terpineol.

Fatty acid analysis of the major components of the extracted oil:

  • 43% linoleic acid
  • 17% oleic acid
  • 9% palmitic acid
  • 3% stearic acid
  • 6% eicosadienoic acid (EPA)
  • 5% eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA);
  • 0.7% linolenic acid
  • 3% docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
  • 0.16% myristic acid

IMPORTANCE OF OMEGA FATTY ACIDS

There are a total of 26 fatty acids in black seed oil, of which roughly 15% consists of 8 saturated fatty acids and 80% of 18 unsaturated fatty acids. The unsaturated FAs include linoleic acid (omega-6); the two most important omega-3s, EPA and DHA, which are usually only found in animal products like fatty fish; and a form of omega-3 called eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), which is rarely found in food at all.

Omega-6 and omega-3 are considered essential fatty acids because your body can’t make them. They are the predominant polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in our diet but we actually don’t need a lot of them. Unfortunately, due to processing, the western diet is full of PUFAs. These fats are fragile and when you consume too many of them, they make your cells fragile too, and then they become vulnerable to oxidation.

The unusual combination of fatty acids in black seed oil is an antidote to oxidation. Along with the thymoquinone, the EPA, DHA, and ETA provide protection from a host of degenerative diseases that are caused by chronic, low-level inflammation.

THYMOQUINONE

A powerful natural antioxidant, which inhibits the formation of undesirable prostaglandins and free radicals. It is anti-inflammatory, and has a pain killing effect. It also has a choleretic effect (stimulates the production of bile) and is good for fat metabolism and detoxification.

Has a bronchodilating effect, is protective against asthma attacks.

It inhibits the secretion of histamines and could be a true alternative to cortisone-based therapies for certain allergy sufferers.

Thymoquinone helps fight the negative effects of a bad diet, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and environmental pollution – all of which generate free radicals.

Excess free radicals = oxidative stress, which can lead to:

  • cataracts
  • heart disease
  • weakened immune system
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • strokes
  • diabetes
  • cancer

PRODUCTION OF PROSTAGLANDIN E1

Black seed oil is comparable to Borage and Primrose oil for its high essential fatty acid content. Both omega-3 and omega-6 are precursor molecules necessary for the production of prostaglandin E1, an important hormone-like substance that is one of the chemical regulators involved in inflammation, immune function and many other biological processes.  Prostaglandin E1 is vital for regulating and harmonizing the immune system. It calms an overactive one (allergies, asthma) and strengthens a weak one so that it can tackle infections and chronic illnesses. It increases peripheral blood flow, helps with bronchodilation, and has many other protective functions within the body.

Black seed oil is thus edible medicine, providing the body with the principal building blocks it needs to stay healthy. The primary active ingredient found in black cumin seeds, thymoquinone, further supports the anti-inflammatory, bronchodilatory, and secretagogic effects of prostaglandin E1.

NIGELLON

Also bronchodilatory, it has an antispasmodic and warming effect, so is good for respiratory disorders such as asthma and whooping cough. Research has also confirmed it has anti-histaminic qualities comparable to thymoquinone.

SAPONIN MELATHIN (ANTI-PARASITE)

Has strong cleaning properties and is used as a laxative and for destroying parasites. It is suitable for treating parasites in infants whereas most other herbal remedies would be too extreme. For example, wormwood, a common herbal treatment, is effective but unsuitable for the sensitive.

Promotes the absorption of nutrients from food, stimulates appetite, aids digestion, promotes intestinal cleansing and facilitates bowel movements. It increases secretion and is considered mucolytic and expectorant, providing liquefaction of bronchial secretions and quick removal of bronchial mucous.

BETA-SISTEROL

Known for lowering cholesterol levels and for its anti-tumor and anticarcinogenic activity.

VITAMIN B2

Required by the body to use oxygen and for the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
One of the B complexes, plays an important role in helping the body convert carbohydrates and fat into energy. It is essential for normal growth and development and helps to maintain proper functioning of the heart, nervous, and digestive systems.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Another B complex, essential in the breakdown of fats and protein. It maintains muscle tone along the digestive tract and promotes the health of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver.

Selenium
Some studies indicate that mortality (death) from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with higher selenium blood levels or intake.

Selenium, an essential trace mineral, is antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-bacterial. It is believed to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent blood clots, and inhibit chromosome damage. It is also said to counteract toxins and heavy metals.

B-CAROTENE

B-Carotene is converted by the liver into vitamin A, a vitamin known for its anti-cancer activity.

ARGININE

Arginine, or L-arginine, a semi-essential amino acid, is required for many metabolic processes. It boosts the immune system, improves blood flow and reduces erectile dysfunction. It also stimulates the release of growth hormone and insulin.

FIFTEEN AMINO ACIDS

Make up the protein content of the black seed, including all nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized within our body in sufficient quantities and are thus required from our diet.

The Black Seed is also a source of calcium, iron, sodium, and potassium. Only required in small amounts by the body, these elements’ main functions are to act as essential cofactors in various enzyme functions.

How to use black seed oil? Learn here about the black seed oil dosage

WHAT DOES BLACK SEED OIL DO?

Black seed oil, also sometimes referred to as black seed bitters, performs a remarkable number of distinct pharmacological actions in the human body. It has such a broad range of activity and supports so many biological pathways that there isn’t an organ or system in the body that is not affected positively by the blessed oil. It has been shown to be:

  • Analgesic:Relieves or reduces pain.
  • Anxiolytic: Reduces anxiety.
  • Anthelmintic:(also known as vermicide or vermifuge) Destroys and expels intestinal worms.
  • Anti-bacterial:Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory:Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria.
  • Anticancer
  • Anti-ulcer: Helps replenish mucus content in stomach wall.
  • Antihistaminic: Relieves allergy symptoms by suppressing histamine
  • Leukotriene Antagonist: Suppresses formation of leukotrienes, inflammatory molecules present in asthma and other inflammatory processes.
  • Antioxidant:Prevents or delays the damaging oxidization of the body’s cells – particularly useful against free radicals.
  • Anti-cholinergic: inhibits parasympathetic nerve impulses, reducing spasms in smooth muscles eg. muscles in the bladder
  • Anti-spasmodic:Prevents or eases muscle spasms and cramps.
  • Anti-tussive: Relieves/prevents cough.
  • Antifungal:Thymoquinone is a highly effective photochemical against molds and fungi.
  • Antiviral: Enhances activity of natural killer cells, and helper and suppressor T cells.
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antimicrobial: Inhibits both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
  • Carminative:Stimulates digestion and induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach and the intestines.
  • Bronchodilator: Loosens a tight chest to make breathing easier
  • Interferon Inducer: Stimulates the production of interferons, which are released when the body encounters pathogens, such as tumor cells, viruses, bacteria and parasites.
  • Spasmolytic: Relieves smooth muscle spasms.
  • Diaphoretic:Induces perspiration during fever to cool and stimulate the release of toxins.
  • Diuretic:Increases urine production and excretion of water. Helps clean the body’s fluids.
  • Emmenagogue:Stimulates bile and aids in the digestive process.
  • Galactagogue:Stimulates the action of milk in new mothers.
  • Anti-hypertensive/Hypotensive:Reduces excess blood pressure.
  • Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor: Inhibits tumor angiogenesis and tumor growth
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor/Insulin sensitizing/Anti-diabetic
  • Immunomodulator:Helps to restore normal immune function from either underactive or overactive.
  • Lymphatic decongestant:Decongests the lymphatic system, therefore unburdens and improves the immune system.
  • Gastro-protective: Protects lining of the stomach
  • Hepatoprotective: Prevents damage to the liver
  • Renal-protective: prevents damage to the kidneys
  • Hypoglycemic:Contributes to improved blood sugar control.

WHAT IS BLACK SEED OIL GOOD FOR?

Black seed oil (aka nigella sativa oil, kalonji oil, black cumin seed oil) is a true panacea. It is the closest you can get to a universal remedy because not only is black seed good for your skin, hair and bones but also for your mood, sleep quality, lungs, digestion, lymphatic and immune systems, circulation, kidneys and liver. Not only does it help prevent disease from taking hold but it helps you fight any you may already have – in other words, it is both prophylactic and curative. Recent research has shown it is effective in combatting both old diseases like the flu but also modern complex ones like MSRA, metabolic disease and cancer.

How can this be? Looking through the lens of allopathic medicine, this all seems far-fetched because drugs very seldom have more than one target. If you have pneumonia, you will get one drug but if you have malaria, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, Parkinson’s or arthritis, you will get a specific drug or drugs for each and every condition. There are no cure-alls in modern medicine, however. Despite the specificity of the treatments, there are always side effects.

Black seed oil is exquisitely different and multi-talented, without toxic side effects. Nobody really knows why it works on so many different levels but there are clues – it effectively addresses inflammation (the common denominator in many disease states) and it supports our own immune systems (you cannot get or stay well without a strong immune system).

Even modern science acknowledges the many health benefits of black seed oil. Abundant research papers are available in scientific peer-reviewed journals all over the globe where in excess of 820 articles on nigella sativa oil have been published examining its effects on 185 diseases. Black seed oil is a potent natural healer.

Just some of the conditions and diseases proven by research to benefit from the blessed seed oil:

  • Allergies & hay fever
  • Amenorrhea & irregular menstruation
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmunity
  • Boils & carbuncles
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Chemical weapons injury
  • Colds and flus
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Depression
  • Diabetes type 1 & 11
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive and gastrointestinal problems
  • Edema
  • Epilepsy
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • HIV
  • Hormonal issues (PMS)
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • IBS
  • Insomnia
  • Infections, including the deadly superbug, MSRA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Kidney & bladder disease
  • Leukemia
  • Liver & gallbladder problems
  • Memory impairment, mental fatigue, lethargy, confusion
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • MS
  • Muscle cramps & spasms
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Neurotoxicity and Neurodegeneration
  • Obesity
  • Opiate addiction/withdrawal
  • Osteo-and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pain (osteoarthritis, back etc.)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin problems – bruises, burns, injuries, wounds, acne, eczema, neurodermatitis
  • Toothaches
  • Tumors
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Weak immune system

CAN YOU DRINK BLACK SEED OIL?

The black seed oil can be used as a mixture in other drinks to make a health tonic. It can be taken on its own (not more than 2-3 teaspoons a day in divided doses) or mixed with honey or yogurt. The oil can be used topically for skin wounds, infections and inflammatory conditions, as well as for respiratory infection relief as a chest rub. You can even use it for steam inhalation by adding a small amount of Nigella sativa oil to a bowl of just boiled water and breathing in the vapor.

MOST IMPORTANT USES OF BLACK SEED OIL:

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Possibly the most important use of Blackseed oil is to support the immune system. Even though nigella sativa has been called a cure-all, it doesn’t really cure anything. What is does is enable your body to cure itself through being able to operate its own immune system effectively. This is illustrated by the fact that Black seed oil is helpful whether your immune system is underactive as in frequent colds and infections, or overactive as in autoimmune diseases and allergies. Black seed has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that sustain health at the deepest levels.

A healthy immune system helps you to fight cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis and almost any other chronic condition you care to name.

IMPROVING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

Diabetes mellitus is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and finding an effective treatment for this disease is critical because diabetes impairs multiple organ systems. The WHO (World Health Organization) estimates more than 376 million people will be diabetic by 2030 and roughly two billion will be at risk of developing the disease because of their diet, obesity, and lack of exercise. Lifestyle and food choices are known to prevent 30–40% of most diseases so concentrating on a healthy diet, getting good quality sleep and exercise are all extremely important.

Diabetics can benefit from adding a functional food like black seed oil in a number of ways. Black cumin oil will immediately improve their micronutrient levels, as well as provide the anti-inflammatory and immune boosting support they desperately need. Unlike diabetic drugs, which only target increasing insulin or reducing blood sugar, black seed oil supports the entire body. Metformin, one of the safest and most commonly prescribed drugs for diabetes, still does not treat the underlying cause of the disease and can cause a number of unpleasant side effects – ranging from heartburn to bloating, muscle pain, indigestion, and constipation or diarrhea.

Black seed oil either treats or prevents all of these side effects but has also been found to be as effective as metformin in improving glucose tolerance. This is hugely important news for the millions of diabetics around the globe.

If you are in any doubt about the black seed oil’s astonishing healing capabilities, consider that it is one of the vanishingly few substances that can be used for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research reported that nigella sativa treatment causes “gradual partial regeneration/proliferation of pancreatic beta-cells, decrease in the elevated serum glucose and increase of the lowered serum insulin concentrations.” http://www.jofem.org/index.php/jofem/article/viewArticle/15/15

LYMPHATIC DECONGESTANT

The lymphatic system is the garbage disposal system of the cells, helping to clear away damaged ones, along with toxins, bacteria, viruses and metabolic wastes. It is also responsible for delivering nutrients to cells and maintaining the fluid balance in the body. It is a crucial part of the immune system and when it gets overwhelmed, the garbage backs up, leading to edema, swelling, inflammation, fatigue, aches and pains in joints and muscles, infections, arthritis and possibly cancer.

Taking black seed oil supercharges the lymph system because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. This lightens the load of the lymph and allows it to better perform the many duties that contribute to keeping us healthy and resisting disease. An efficient lymphatic system nourishes ever cell in every organ of the body so you can see, yet again, how the influence of the fabulous blessed seed oil reaches to every corner in your system.

THE PERFECT HOME REMEDY

No home should be without black seed oil. Taken regularly, it can help to prevent a myriad of diseases and used as first aid, it can calm every burn, sting, bump and bruise, as well as any indigestion or pain.

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BLACK SEED OIL

There are no side effects to the blessed black seed oil if taken moderately. However, it is not suitable during pregnancy.

WHERE AND HOW TO BUY BLACK SEED OILblessed seed provides free shipping

This oil is usually in dark yellow or amber in color. It is present in form of capsules or plain seeds. It is essential that when you buy pure black seed or its extracts, the product should be authentic and pure as the market is flooded with second grade products. You can buy 100% genuine black seed oil from our shop