I never cease to be amazed at the magic found within plants and herbs of the earth for our healing. It is actually profound in the sense of wonder I experience as I witness what natural remedies are capable of accomplishing with not only effectiveness but with minimal side effects.

Just when I thought I would not learn any new surprises as to the power of natural remedies, here comes a hidden treasure I knew little about, black seed oil.

I have observed quite a number of individuals over the past few years purchase black seed oil from Nutrition World. Many became repeat customers on the product so obviously, they were pleased with their results. Since I love learning and researching natural options for health I recently dug into the science on black seed oil. I was blown away by its health promoting properties and actual research in the scientific literature. I am now adding black seed oil to my daily nutrition regimen.  

If you take a look at the hundreds of scientific peer-reviewed articles that have been published about black seed oil benefits, one fact is clear: There are few issues that it cannot help the body overcome with virtually no side effects. The healing prowess of black seed oil — from black cumin seeds — is actually quite unbelievable, and it boggles the mind that most people have never even heard of it!

Black cumin seeds have been dated back to 1550 BC as being used for treating a large variety of health issues. Black seed is also referred to as Nigella Sativa in most research articles. I love learning of herbs that have such a deep and long history of use among many shamans and natural health gurus from the past. Don’t get me wrong, I totally value the science of double-blind controlled studies on evaluating the effectiveness of drugs and nutritional supplements, but I also respect the passed down stories from the natural healers of the past. I encourage everyone to not be lost in an addiction to only science. Knowledge does not always include wisdom.  

The following studies on the potential health benefits for black seed oil are listed on PubMed.  

Potential Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Antibacterial activity

The antibacterial effect of ground black seeds was studied in a modified paper disc diffusion method. A clear inhibition of the growth of Staphylococcus aureus was observed by concentration of 300 mg/mL with distilled water as control, this inhibition was confirmed by using the positive control Azithromycin.  (Bakathir HA, Abbas NA Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2011; 8(2):159-64.) [PubMed] [Ref list]

Sinus Issues

Sinusitis is associated with inflammation and infections of air-filled cavities of sinuses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential efficacy of Nigella sativa black seed fixed oil in the management of sinusitis. The information was extracted from accessible international databases, traditional books, electronic resources, and unpublished data.

RESULTS:

The results of investigations on N. sativa Black seed fixed oil showed its therapeutic potential in the treatment of sinusitis by its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antihistaminic, immune-modulator, antimicrobial and analgesic effects. The use of N. sativa seed fixed oil can inhibit the inflammation of sinuses and respiratory airways, microbial infections and finally help the patients suffering from clinical symptoms of sinusitis such as coryza, nasal congestion, headache, neck pain, earache, and toothache. Clinical studies are required to evaluate its efficacy in patients with sinusitis in the future.

(Integr Med Res. 2018 Mar;7(1):27-32. doi: 10.1016/j.imr.2018.01.005. Epub 2018 Feb 2.)

Anti-Parasite

The effect of Black Seed Oil against the liver damage induced by Schistosoma mansoni (S. mansoni) infection in mice was studied by Mahmoud et al. When the NSO was given alone, it reduced the number of S. mansoni worms in the liver and decreased the total number of ova deposited in both the liver and the intestine.

(El Shenawy NS, Soliman MF, Reyad SI Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 2008 Jan-Feb; 50(1):29-36.)

Antioxidant

The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antibacterial activities of the shoots, roots, and seeds methanol extracts from N. sativa were studied. The three organs exhibited strong antioxidant activity.

Antidiabetic activity

In a clinical study, the adjuvant effect of N. sativa Black seed oil on various clinical and biochemical parameters of the insulin resistance syndrome were investigated. N. sativa oil was found to be effective as an add-on therapy in patients of insulin resistance syndrome. N. sativa oil has a significant activity in diabetic and dyslipidemic patients.

(Salama RH Int J Health Sci (Qassim). 2011 Jul; 5(2):126-34.)

Anticancer activity

The anticancer effects of Black seed oil on breast cancer cells, and its potential effect on the PPAR-γ activation pathway was investigated and it was found that TQ exerted strong anti-proliferative effect in breast cancer cells and when TQ combined with doxorubicin and 5-fluorouracil, cytotoxicity was found to be increased. Antitumor and anti-angiogenesis effects of thymoquinone on osteosarcoma through the NF-κB pathway.

(Peng L, Liu A, Shen Y, Xu HZ, Yang SZ, Ying XZ, Liao W, Liu HX, Lin ZQ, Chen QY, Cheng SW, Shen WD Oncol Rep. 2013 Feb; 29(2):571-8.)

Anti-Inflammatory

The aqueous extract of N. sativa was found to possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic. (Anti-inflammatory effect of seeds and callus of Nigella sativa L. extracts on mix glial cells with regard to their thymoquinone content.

(Alemi M, Sabouni F, Sanjarian F, Haghbeen K, Ansari S AAPS PharmSciTech. 2013 Mar; 14(1):160-7.)

Immunomodulatory

The potential immunomodulatory effects of N. sativa Black Seed Oil were investigated in light of splenocyte proliferation, macrophage function, and NK anti-tumor activity using BLAB/c and C57/BL6 primary cells. Results demonstrated that the aqueous extract of N. sativa significantly enhances splenocyte proliferation in a dose-responsive manner. (74)Nigella sativa modulates splenocyte proliferation, Th1/Th2 cytokine profile, macrophage function, and NK anti-tumor activity.

Majdalawieh AF, Hmaidan R, Carr RI J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Sep 15; 131(2):268-75.

Cardiovascular activity

Hair Loss

This is the one consistent feedback I do continue to hear from users of black seed oil.  They often apply it but more commonly take two to three capsules daily.

Gastro-protective

Liver protection

Treatment with black seed oil (BSO) alleviated the elevation of GSH, SDH, LDH, G-6-Pase, serum protein, NO, Na+-K+-ATPase, phospholipids levels and attenuated MDA, SOD, AST, ALT and ALP. Diminution of collagen content and improvement in liver and kidney architectures were observed.  Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2013 Mar;17(5):569-81.

Kidney protective

The nephroprotective effect of vitamin C and N. sativa oil Black Seed Oil was observed against gentamicin (GM) associated nephrotoxicity in rabbits. Serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, and antioxidant activity were measured as indicators of nephrotoxicity for all the groups of rabbits. It was revealed that vitamin C and N. sativa oil both had nephroprotective effect as they lowered the values of serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen and antioxidant activity as compared to GM control group values.  (88)Nephroprotective effect of vitamin C and Nigella sativa oil on gentamicin associated nephrotoxicity in rabbits.

Saleem U, Ahmad B, Rehman K, Mahmood S, Alam M, Erum A

Pak J Pharm Sci. 2012 Oct; 25(4):727-30.

Skin Issues

Topical use of black seed oil strongly inhibited IMQ-induced psoriasis-like inflammation and alleviated all epidermal and dermal changes observed after IMQ application, allowing us to conclude that black seed oil can be used as an adjuvant topical therapy for treating psoriasis. Anat Rec, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Anat Rec, 301:166-174, 2018.

Heart protective

Asthma

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial demonstrated that Black Seed Oil supplementation improves asthma control with a trend in pulmonary function improvement. This was associated with a remarkable normalization of blood eosinophilia. Future Phytother Res. 2017 Mar;31(3):403-409. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5761. Epub 2017

Sperm Function

Neuropharmacological

The aqueous and methanol extracts of defatted N. sativa L. Black seed oil were shown to possess a potent central nervous system and analgesic activities, especially depressant action in the case of the methanolic extract[104].

Anticonvulsant

Results indicated the anticonvulsant and potent antioxidant effects of curcumin and Black Seed Oil in reducing oxidative stress, excitability and the induction of seizures in epileptic animals and improving some of the adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs[109]The neuroprotective effect of curcumin and Nigella sativa oil against oxidative stress in the pilocarpine model of epilepsy: a comparison with valproate.

Ezz HS, Khadrawy YA, Noor NA Neurochem Res. 2011 Nov; 36(11):2195-204. [PubMed] [Ref list]

 

Take Aways

This above list of these health issues almost made me skeptical at first due to it appearing as a “cure-all panacea” yet the more I dug into the literature, the more convinced I became of black seed oil’s potential properties. I also only listed about half of the studied topics on black seed oil so I encourage you to read more about it here. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/25/black-cumin-seed-benefits.aspx

I hope that readers can understand that plants and herbs contain an array of substances that operate in the body similar to an orchestra playing Beethoven. Each component offers a single piece to the music and when it is complete and harmonious in its nature, health and balance flourish. This is why plant medicine has a synergistic effect that is friendly to the body rather than the effects of single molecules like drugs.  

The active phytochemicals and helpful ingredients contained in Black Seed Oil are most likely focused on the following active constituents.

  • Thymoquinone
  • Thymohydroquinone
  • Thymol

Black seed oil contains hundreds of separate components however the 3 above appear to be the most powerful.  

Potential Side Effects of Black Seed Oil

While black seed oil may potentially benefit your health, it is not without its own side effects. A study published in Phytotherapy Research notes that topical application caused contact dermatitis in two persons. However, no adverse effects have been reported regarding internal use.23 Pregnant women may consume real black seeds as part of a healthy diet, but high doses for therapeutic applications are generally not recommended, as it may slow down or stop the uterus from contracting. Likewise, breastfeeding mothers are advised to avoid black seed oil, as there’s not much information about its effects on you and your child’s health.24

A Truly Remarkable Product

It has now become obvious to me that black seed oil is a product that should be elevated to a high level of respect for its promise of safe and side effect free health benefits.  

My hope for all readers is that they begin to realize the cornucopia of choices that nature offers in a dispensary such as Nutrition World. Nutrition World flew in a naturopathic cardiologist from Arizona last month, Dr. Decker Weiss, who spoke directly to this subject of realizing the options other than drug therapies for most chronic health conditions. You can watch him on our Facebook live video here

He spoke eloquently in regard to the broken system of mainstream medicine and how slow they have traditionally been in embracing personalized integrative healthcare.  

We have a personal responsibility to learn all we can about taking care of this one wild and precious physical body we have been given. This means realizing the lifesaving importance of daily food choices along with embracing a wise nutritional supplement plan to protect our health for the many years to come.

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