The field of medical science is conducting a number of studies to look for natural ways to improve health. While synthetic drugs can yield successful results, the side effects associated may just not make them the best possible solution for any prevailing illness. In that case, the onus is on the herbal medications which provide the treatment in the most natural way possible.
The US National Library of Medicines has published several peer-reviewed studies which oriented their findings on the health benefits of black seed oil. Fortunately, the results paint a very fortunate picture and this member of the herbal oil family can be the next groundbreaking discovery in the field of medical science.
Black Seed Oil is extracted from the Nigella Sativa shrub which grows commonly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Western Asia (particularly Turkey). The flowers of Nigella Sativa are either purple or white-tinged as seen in the picture below.
Black Seeds with oil contained inside have some alternate names like black caraway, black cumin, black onion seed or Kalonji and is not to be confused with black pepper or sesame. The seeds are also utilized as spices because of the refreshing aroma and pleasant taste.
They have been used for thousands of years to heal medical complications like high blood pressure and cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis and gastrointestinal diseases. Being loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids help lessen the symptoms of inflammation which is known to be one main reason for cancer and cardiovascular disease. This article will expand upon the health benefits of black seed oil and why it is pertinent for people to include it in their daily diet.
Superbugs belong to the bacterial family of micro-organisms and what makes them particularly dangerous is their ability to resist antibiotics. The use of medications to stop their multiplication usually have a counterproductive effect, as known studies have examined that superbugs tend to replicate faster. This dangerous bacterium is increasingly demanding a call for concern as the health problems associated are causing deaths of millions annually.
National Institute of Health in a dozen research findings concluded that between 5 to 10 percent of hospitalized patients had infections caused by superbugs. A case in point is the outbreak of 1992 which resulted in deaths of 13,000 people in the USA who were unable to deal with the severity of the caused disease. Medical Professionals find it extremely difficult to deal with the symptoms of superbug infections which include HIV, gonorrhoea, candida, and malaria.
The only probable preventive measure is the use of vaccination which can allow the immune system to produce antibodies at the occurrence of superbug invasion. The situation though happens to be startling has a contrary side as well. Black Seed Oil is known to be the best present antidote to this bacterium infection and can significantly help in dealing with the symptoms.
According to the researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College “Out of 144 strains tested, most of which were resistant to a number of antibiotics, 97 were inhibited by the oil of black cumin.” The three chemical substances present in the oil that attribute to the health benefits obtained are:
- Thymoquinone: Thymoquinone further has three properties that make this chemical substance a pro-health ingredient. It is anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and contains a significant portion of antioxidants.Patients who were known to be suffering from diabetes, asthma or had carcinogens (cancer-causing cells) present in the body were known to be relieved of the symptoms.The detoxifying ability further adds to the list of advantages. It is able to fight off free radicals from the body and particularly helps in protecting the liver from harmful toxins.
Scientists classify thymoquinone as the best anti-fungal compound for being highly effective against yeasts and dermatophytes.
- Thymohydroquinone: It is the “most potent natural acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors” known in the field of medical science. Thymohydroquinone has been of particular interest to neuro-psychiatrists who have established a positive link between the inhibition of certain diseases. It can help in dealing with conditions like Autism, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease
- Thymol: It is a natural monoterpene with an exhaustive list of health benefits which can likely be entailed including in its ability to fight off the bacterium that is responsible for Tuberculosis. The disinfectant property makes Thymol a commonly used chemical ingredient in mouthwashes.
Helping Fight Cancer
The loading of antioxidants and phytochemicals make Black Seed Oil one of the best natural way to fight cancer. The experiment conducted on animals found that with the use of oil over the period of 3 months, tumor cells had decreased by 52% thanks to thymoquinone.
This chemical substance was also responsible for triggering apoptosis in the body (controlled cell death) that can essentially be used for treating leukemia and inhibiting production of breast carcinogens. Medical Scientists have also put forward the hypothesis that black seed oil can prevent major complications resulting from pancreatic cancer. Although, most of the research findings come from animal testing, yet, we can apply its usage for humans as well.
Black Seed Oil is Diabetes-Friendly
The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism have augmented a strong relationship between frequent usage of black seed oil and diabetes prevention. It was found that weekly usage of the oil will increase the production of pancreatic beta cells, enhance lowered serum concentrations and reduce the amount of elevated serum glucose.
The benefits for preventing diabetes 1 and 2 are so profound that endocrinologist has asserted that the effects are like those of metformin. The low toxicity and minimal side effects make it a viable alternative. Metformin, the most frequently prescribed drug for prevention of diabetes but causes complications like indigestion, stomach ache, heartburn etc.
If you find yourself suffering from frequent acne and other skin related problems, then black seed oil is the right choice for overcoming them. Dermatologists have recommended this oil for sustaining healthy skin and enhancing beauty.
Black seed oil keeps the skin hydrated and when applied to hair gives a perfect shine. It can also be used for softening the skin and significantly reduce psoriasis plaque which are red patches with a silvery white buildup. Research studies have also shown that black cumin oil induces the growth of certain cells that aid in the wound healing process.
The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism that asserted a positive link between black seed oil and the prevention of diabetes has also concluded weight loss as another advantage. The chemical ingredients present have known to decrease body mass index and weight circumference. Compared to other forms of oil, it contains low cholesterol level hence is known to be friendly for people with high blood pressure.
How to Use Black Seed Oil?
After all the discussion we had above, the question that might arise in the minds of the readers is the ways in which this oil can be used. Although can be consumed both in the raw form or mixed with drinks and vegetables, there are four main methods:
- Eating a tablespoon of oil per meal (Be aware of the bitter taste)
- Mixing the oil with honey
- Pouring onto vegetables when cooking
- Mixing the oil with lemon juice