Black seed oil The health benefits
Black seed oil (from Nigella sativa) has been shown to possess a wide range of health properties. From activity against bacteria to anti-oxidant effects on the human body. This article will demonstrate current scientific knowledge about the potential of black seed and it’s oil.
Black seed oil has shown to have the following properties:
Current research shows that black seed (Nigella sativa) possesses activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses. In particular the action against common strains of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus is clearly documented. The potential of black seed is promising especially when we live in an almost post antibiotic era with a multitude of common organisms showing resistance to almost every antibiotic on the planet!
In animal studies, black seed has has demonstrated anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In one study on mice with arthritis, a dose of black seed instantly reduced pro-inflammatory mediators (chemicals which drive inflammation in the body) .
In another study, broiler chicks treated with black seed for six weeks prevented the liver from the dangerous effects of oxidative stress. This was demonstrated by an increase in the activity of certain anti-oxidant enzymes (myeloperoxidase, glutathione-s-transferase and adenosine deaminase) . Oxidative stress can have detrimental effects on the body such as damage of cell membranes and other structures including cellular proteins, lipids and DNA. When oxygen is metabolised, it creates ‘free radicals’ which steal electrons from other molecules, causing damage i.e. oxidative stress.
An interesting property of black seed is it’s potential to reduce blood sugar levels. This has been studied in animal models and research demonstrates Thymoquinone (a major active ingredient of black seed) significantly reduces blood sugar levels and increases insulin activity. There is a definite potential for the treatment of diabetes in humans with black seed, particularly type 2 diabetes mellitus .
The potential clinical uses of black seed oil for human health are phenomenal, no wonder black seed is the cure for every disease except death! In the next part anti cancer, anti inflammatory activity, and the immune system effects of black seed will be discussed. Subscribe to be notified when part 4 of the black seed series is published.
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