Black seed oil has been called the cure for everything from asthma to dry skin. DESIblitz explores then many different health benefits of these seeds.
"Some have found that it also has properties that can aid in healing scars"
There are many different cures for ailments out there, from castor oil to tea tree oil.
However many swear by using black seed oil for everything from hair growth to curing your asthma. It is said to be the cure for everything but death.
With the help of modern medicine we know that there are many different prescriptions available for different issues. Yet, black seed oil is something that people keep going back to, with many even stating that it works better than pills for maintaining good health.
Black seed oil comes from the Nigella Sativa plant. Despite the fact that the plant is from the buttercup family, it has small, black crescent shaped seeds.
This oil also has historical backing, with its use is documented way back to the times of King Tutankhamun from Ancient Egypt.
Cleopatra also used it for her hair and skin and Hippocrates used black seed oil as a way to aid digestive problems.
It is popular in many African and South Asian households as the ultimate way to cure any ailment.
There are well over 600 studies which show the effects of this oil and there is also research being conducted using it to deal with autoimmune disorders.
The most studied active compounds in black seeds are crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone. It also contains many others like myristic acid and stearic acids, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, copper, folate, zinc and phosphorus.
As black seed oil is a goldmine of nutrients, beneficial acids and vitamins, DESIblitz explores the many different ways it can help.
Now diabetes is a pain for many and affects a high number of the South Asian community.
Although black seed oil can’t cure it, having 2 grams of it a day has been known to have numerous benefits such as decreased insulin resistance, reduced fasting glucose and many others.
Yes, black seeds and their oil has also been found to help with cancer. The thymoquinone in them helps to induce cell death in leukemia cells.
Other studies have also found that this effect also occurs in breast cancer, brain tumours, pancreatic cancer and cervical cancer. As a result it is recommended by many as a natural way to protect yourself against cancer.
Black seeds are also very good for helping with digestion. The seeds themselves are carminative which means that they aid in digestion and can decrease other issues like bloating, gas and even stomach pain.
It has also been used in remedies for other more serious issues like intestinal parasites. A study also found that it can inhibit growth of some colon cancer cells with no negative side effects.
Black seed oil also has significant health benefits for those suffering from asthma.
The active ingredient thymoquinone is actually better that the drug fluticasone, and works by opening the airways. Because of these properties, it can also work on other allergies that affect the airways.
Black seeds have also been found to have anticonvulsive properties. This was backed in a 2007 study on epileptic children.
The sample’s condition was resistant to traditional drug treatment, and ‘they found that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity’.
Yes, on top of having many health benefits for the body, it also helps with the hair and skin.
It is used in some cultures to soften and strengthen skin and to also help with hair growth. Some have found that it also has properties that can aid in healing scars.
Nigella Sativa also has ways of helping to support and strengthen the immune system.
Black seed contains antioxidants, beneficial acids and b-vitamins. It works by balancing the immune system by increasing the immune function without encouraging immune reactions against the body’s own healthy tissue.
It has also been used in alternative HIV protocols and is recommended on many different autoimmune disease forums as a natural alternative.
On top of all of these amazing benefits there are many that swear by using black seed oil to help with many conditions such as high blood pressure, MRSA and even opiate addiction and withdrawals.
Black seeds can be used in many different ways. You can use the oil topically on your skin for scars or wounds as well as rubbing it on your chest to aid with breathing problems.
Another way to help with breathing issues is to mix it into boiling water and breathe it in with a towel over you for up to 10 minutes.
You can also consume the seeds whole by mixing it into water or tea.
It is important that you look at the quality of the oils you are using. Ensure they are organic, pure pressed (without extraction using chemicals), and that it contains no additives or diluting oil.
Black seed oil is an amazing substance that has been used for thousands of years. It can support your body naturally, however it isn’t a miracle drug, it is just an extremely potent oil.
It is definitely safe to eat, however make sure that you proceed with caution.
Don’t consume it excessively as this could have harmful consequences. You wouldn’t drink 16 gallons of water in one sitting, so make sure you take it in moderation.
Images courtesy of Mynah Care, Nigella-sativa.com and Live Strong.
Raj Nayak is the CEO of Colors TV and Rishtey Cineplex at Viacom18 Media. In an exclusive Gupshup with DESIblitz, Raj talks Bigg Boss, 24 and more!