Have you ever heard about black seed oil?
Did you know that people use this oil for thousands of years because of its therapeutic benefits?
Original from Nigella sativa, a small plant with purple, blue, or white flowers that grows in East Europe, West Asia, and the Middle East, black seed has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
And did you know that they are also known as black cumin seeds, black cumin, kalonji, and black onion?
According to scientists of different expertise, some of the benefits of black seed oil include:
Helps with Weight Loss
According to studies, a black seed supplement can help reduce the body mass index (BMI). And, according to a new study published in 2013 at the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, it was found that black seed oil can be efficient against obesity.
Helps with Cancer Prevention
Recent study show that the thymoquinone found in black seed oil can trigger programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis, in different types of cancer cells.
It helps prevent brain cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer.
However, the study was done only in cells, so the researchers still don’t know how efficient the oil would be to treat people with cancer.
Contributes to Kidney and Liver Functions According to a study from 2013, black seed oil can reduce issues related to hepatic and kidney diseases, and also improve these organs’ structures.
Improves cases of Diabetes
According to a paper from the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, black seed oil has anti-diabetic properties and can improve blood sugar levels.
Helps with Infertility
Research done on men with abnormal sperm and infertility issues found that black seed oil can improve sperm movement and also increase sperm count and semen volume.
Besides these benefits to general health, black seed oil is also good for the skin.
In cases of eczema and psoriasis, the oil lessens the severity of eczema on hands.
Also, according to studies, the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil can improve acne.
In a study, 58% of participants reviewed the treatment as good, while 35% evaluated their results as moderate. That’s fantastic, isn’t it?!
And, if all these benefits weren’t enough, black seed oil can also hydrate your hair.
To get this benefit, you can either ingest black seed oil as a capsule or apply it topically to benefit your skin.
It is also possible to add it to massage oils, shampoos, and homemade products for skincare.
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Besides that, black seed oil of high quality can also be used in culinary, bakery, and beverages.
If you have any of the health issues we mentioned above and want to try black seed oil, we suggest you talk to your doctor first to learn about any possible drug interactions and also discuss the benefits and side-effects of the supplement.
As with any other supplements, pregnant or nursing women must talk to their doctors before using black seed oil.
And, if you want to use it topically, it is necessary to do an allergy test on a small area of your arm, to avoid any skin reactions.
You must also be careful to keep the oil away from your eyes, nose, and other sensitive parts of the body.
Ingesting black seed oil might cause digestive issues, such as stomachaches, constipation, and vomiting.