The black seed also known as black cumin seed or nigella sativa, a small flowering shrub with white or purple -tinged flowers that grows in western Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. The black seed oil has a unique chemical composition that is not only effective individually, but also collectively. Scientists have proved that molds and fungus cannot exist in the presence of these phytochemicals. The most active ingredients of black cumin seed are Thymoquinone and Thymohydroquinone and they are the ones that are responsible for the oil’s health benefits.
The Health Benefits
Black seed oil treats some of the most common health conditions, including asthma and high blood pressure. It also has strong antifungal properties against Candida albicans, yeast that when allowed to overgrow in the body leads to candidiasis.
Some black seed oil health benefits include:
Black seed oil lowers the elevated serum glucose, raises the lowered serum insulin concentrations and causes pancreatic beta-cells to regenerate gradually. This is actually quite interesting because black seed oil is one of the few substances on the planet that is believed to help prevent both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
One study discovered that it improves glucose tolerance just as much as metformin. It has very low toxicity and has not shown significant adverse effects. Metformin, on the other hand is known to have side effects including Stomach pain, Muscle pain, Metallic taste in mouth, Nail changes, Headache, Heartburn, Gas/Indigestion, Flushing of the skin, Constipation/Diarrhea and Bloating.
Being rich in Thymoquinone and Thymohydroquinone, black cumin seed oil can help prevent and treat cancer through a variety of mechanisms: Anti-angiogenesis, Anti-metastasis, Reactive oxygen species generation, Cell cycle arrest, Apoptosis induction and Anti-proliferation. Black cumin oil is similar to the chemotherapy agents because it helps suppress the growth of cancer cells.
3. Liver Health
The liver performs a very important function in the body. Nearly all toxins get processed through the liver before being discharged. The bile from the liver is important in digesting fats and keeping the mind and body healthy and happy. Many have struggled with poor liver function due to diseases, alcohol consumption, or medication side effects; the black seed oil greatly speeds up the healing process. Scientists found out that black seed oil helps prevent both damage and disease thereby boosting the function of the liver.
4. Infections Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
MRSA is among the most important superbugs that black cumin seed oil can kill. MRSA is plaguing nursing homes and hospitals all over the world because ordinary Staphylococcus infections are becoming resistant to generic antibiotics.
The infection is generally associated with invasive procedures such as artificial joints, intravenous tubing, and surgeries, thus putting the elderly generation at a higher risk due to weakened immunity. Thankfully, the black seed oil comes to the rescue. Scientists from Pakistan discovered that black seed oil helps to stop or slow down MRSA from spreading out of control.
The black seed oil is also great for reducing high blood pressure, reducing high cholesterol, improving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and helping with encephalomyelitis and carcinogenesis, and also with weight loss.
Beauty benefits of Black seed oil
Black seed oil has numerous benefits and applications for problematic skin conditions. It is found in many pharmacies health and foods stores. Examples of applications for beauty and skin include:
Black seed oil has been shown to aid in wound healing by reducing the presence of bacteria. It also helps in reducing inflammation. While the black seed oil doesn’t help to grow new collagen fibers, it is known to help the body to create new and healthy skin by stimulating other growth factors.
Applying a lotion containing jus 10% cent black seed oil reduces significantly the incidence of acne after two months. Black seed oil has also been added to moisturizers and oils to improve skin moisture and hydration.
Black cumin seed oil can be applied to human hair to encourage shine and soften it.
Black cumin seed oil has been shown to reduce the incidence of psoriasis plaques.
There’s no reason why everyone in the world shouldn’t have black seed oil in their medicine cabinets. However, it should, be remembered that the black seed oil should not be used to replace prescription treatments that a doctor may give.