Black seeds, also referred to as Roman coriander, black caraway or black cumin, are a product of the Nigella Sativa plant, native to Europe, India, and Arabia. The seeds have been used for centuries to cure a wide range of health issues going from curing headaches and toothaches to fighting intestinal worms and infections.
These tiny black seeds have even been called “The Remedy For Everything But Death”, and researchers are still unraveling more uses and benefits as we speak. A special oil is extracted from the seeds which is used in the preparation of various medical formulas. I’ll list the most important ones for you here.
1. Heart Health
Black seed oil shows some great results in improving your overall heart health. It can reduce bad or LDL cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attacks.
Further reading: read these articles about 10 simple and effective ways to lower cholesterol naturally, how to reduce high blood pressure naturally and 10 signs for heart attack never to ignore.
2. Type II Diabetes
Consuming black seed oil aids people to stabilize blood sugar levels, improves insulin resistance, and promotes beta-cell function in the pancreas. According to a study published in the January 2009 issue of the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology, black seed extracts help inhibit the absorption of glucose in the intestines and improve glucose tolerance in laboratory animals. Another article in the April 2011 issue of the “Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism” reaffirms that a component found in black seeds increases the insulin sensitivity of liver cells, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
Black seeds have anticonvulsive properties and can reduce the frequency of seizures in people, especially children, who are diagnosed with epilepsy.
Black seed oil can aid people with asthma. Some studies even claim it to be more potential than the conventional medicine to reduce the asthmatic effect on the airways. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of black seed oil relaxes bronchial muscles and helps people fight acute asthma attacks and coughs. You could massage the oil straight on your chest or add a teaspoon to a cup of ginger tea to find instant relieve.
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an antibiotic resistant bacteria that causes many deaths worldwide. Most infections occur in people who have been hospitalized or had surgery or dialysis. Black seed’s strong antibacterial properties shows some great and promising results in killing this deadly and resistant bacteria.
6. Cold And Flu
Due to Its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties, black seeds are an effective treatment to cure the flu and colds. They soothe a sore throat, reduce fever, and ease digestive issues such as nausea, upset stomach, and cramps. When you feel the first symptoms, mix ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger with ½ teaspoon black seed oil, use twice a day until symptoms disappear.
7. Muscle Cramps And Spasms
Black seed oil works as a strong anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory agent to ease muscle cramps and spasms. The only thing you need to do is massage the oil onto the area twice a day or add one teaspoon black seed oil to chamomile tea and drink before going to bed to avoid cramps and spasms during the night.
8. Radiation Control
Black seed’s active compound thymoquinone has shown some great results in protecting your brain from radiation damage.
Black seed oil fights bacteria and cures inflammation, making it a great treatment to ease toothaches.
When black seed oil is applied topically it can ease psoriasis inflammation. It strengthens your skin and soothes eruptions.
11. Treat And Prevent Several Types Cancer
Extracts of black seed’s active compound thymoquinone shows some great results in inducing cell death and can slow or stop the progression of cancer. Up until now, thymoquinone extract has shown some promising results in fighting leukemia, colon, breast, brain, and oral cancer. But more research is needed to unravel its full potential. A study published in “Oncology Letters” in 2010 found that two daily doses of crude extra-virgin black seed oil inhibited the growth of cancer tumors in the colon, lungs, esophagus and fore-stomach in rats. The study concluded that black seed oil could possibly be used to prevent cancer and lessen the need for chemotherapy in the early stage of cancer, due to its ability to suppress the proliferation of cancer cells.
12. Lead Poisoning
Black seeds are brain friendly. Studies show that it can protect and even reverse damage to the brain due to lead poisoning.
Where to buy black seed?
Black seeds are available as capsules, powders and oils. You can buy black seeds or black seed oil at your local health food store or online. Always use a product that is labeled as 100%, cold-pressed, solvent free, and packed and sealed by machine.
Black seeds have an unpleasant tart taste so the recommendation is to place them in a skillet on low heat (use a small amount of the seeds in case the seeds are burnt). Stir the seeds every few minutes and keep tasting the seeds until they lose their tart taste and pop slightly. Remove them from the heat and let them cool. Place the desired amount in a coffee grinder and grind. You can put it in vegetarian capsules or in honey
According to webMD, black seed, when used in small quantities, such as a flavoring for foods, appears to be safe for most people, however there isn’t enough information to know if larger, medicinal quantities are safe. Taking larger medicinal amounts is unsafe for pregnant and breast feeding women. Always talk to your doctor before taking any black seed supplements.