Nature's Best Kept Secret
Until now, black seed oil has been one of nature's best-kept wellbeing secrets. With much scientific evidence (through numerous studies) to prove its many benefits.
You can find study links in the references at the bottom of this article.
Some say black seed oil may be a panacea but we can't say that. We can point out the many potential benefits though and you can make up your own mind.
Studies show that black seed oil (BSO) can help with many gut issues where there may be infection or parasites as the cause. Gut infections such as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and parasites.
Black seed oil is a powerful antimicrobial (kills the bad guys* but leaves the good guys* alone), it's also known to be effective as an anti-viral.
*We mean gut bacteria/gut microbiota when we say good/bad guys.
Black seed oil is used to treat liver diarrhoea, reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) as well as liver disease and allergies (caused by histamine intolerance).
It does not end there though, black seed oil is said to help joint pain/arthritis, high BP, memory and cognitive function. This is great news for people suffering form brain fog from living/working in a water damaged building!
Obviously though, we are not saying taking black seed oil is the only thing your should do if you are sick from mould/mycotoxins, that is a whole other blog article that i may one day write as I have had my own personal struggles with mould illness.
Back to the black seed oil...
When Purchasing a Black Seed Oil
It is important to look for a black seed oil that is cold-pressed, pure and in a dark amber glass bottle as this helps to retain freshness and quality. You can take in a capsule or liquid form.
We decided to stock the soft gels rather than the liquid as the taste of the oil may be off putting to some?
The Taste and Colour
If you haven't used black seed oil before, you might think that the oil is black, but it's not. It comes from the Nigella Sativa seed and has a rich colour and flavour. The taste is very unique also (it tastes a little bit like cumin).
Antioxidants in Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil (BSO) is native to Eastern Europe and western Asia and is an incredible source of antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help with ageing, oxidative stress and overall health.
Phytochemicals in Black Seeds/Black Seed Oil
You will find 3 key phytochemicals in black seed oil and these are what make this oil/its seeds so powerful!
- Thymoquinone: a potent antioxidant known for its powerful anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer properties.
- Thyohydroquinone: the most powerful AChE inhibitor on the face of the earth. AChE stands for acetykcholinesterase. AChE inhibitors may be helpful for Alzheimer's, autism, glaucoma, dementia, myasthenia gravis, neurodegeneration, POTS, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease.
- Thymol: Thymol is a monoterpene that has many uses and if you know about essential oils, you will have heard of thymol for sure. It's a powerful anti-viral and natural disinfectant.
Other Purported Benefits of Black Seed Oil
1. Supports Immune System: Black seed oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that can help to strengthen the immune system. It has has been shown to help with allergies and is a natural antimicrobial (make what you will out of that).
2. May Help Lower Blood Pressure: The oil is believed to help relax blood vessels which can help lower blood pressure.
3. May Support Liver Health: The liver is an important organ that helps remove toxins from the body and black seed oil may help support its health. Taking black seed oil has been said to help the liver to heal and recover if it's been unwell.
The following quote is borrowed from a PubMed article:
"BSO (black seed oil) enhanced the hepato-renal protection mechanism, reduced disease complications and delayed its progression. Further studies are needed to identify the molecules responsible for its pharmacological effect"
4. May Help Reduce Inflammation: Black seed oil is high in compounds like thymoquinone and thymol which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can help people who suffer with various pains in their body (back pain, knee pain, headaches etc.)
5. May Help Improve Digestion: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil may help reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, leading to improved digestion. As mentioned above, it may also help with gut infections, gut parasites, bacteria and viruses.
6. May Help with Weight Loss: Black seed oil may help suppress appetite and boost metabolism, which can help with weight loss. Nigella Sativa showed promising anti-obesity effects.
7. Asthma & Lungs: The compound 'thymoquinone' in black seed oil has been shown to relax the airway muscles in the lungs which may help to treat asthma.
According to a Science Direct article, BSO may help people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as it shows therapeutic effects to the lungs. It may also be because it helps the lung's airway muscles to relax (as mentioned above).
8. Blood Sugar: In the British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (BJPR) they talk about Nigella Sativa (black seeds) to be a "miracle food".
This same article goes into depth on the science of how black seeds can help with diabetes. It is actually very interesting and they show diagrams. Basically though, they say how the compound thymoquinone (TQ) in black seeds shows anti-diabetic effects by reducing hepatic (liver) gluconeogensis. TQ helps to normalise insulin secretion and so on.
Direct quote from the BJPR article:
"It is evident from the studies that N.s oil ameliorates hyperglycemia, hypertension, oxidative stress and lipid profile in diabetic patients"
Note: N.s oil = Nigella Sativa (black seed).
10. Brain Health: BSO contains the phytochemical Thymohydroquinone and as you read above, this is an AChE inhibitor and it is known to increase BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) and reduce TNf-a (tumour necrosis factor-a). BSO has also been shown to modulate neuronal signalling pathways in the brain.
This is why is may be helpful for cognition and memory!
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, a diabetic, low blood pressure or bleeding disorder. Also if you currently take medication, you should talk to your doctor about taking black seed oil prior to purchasing/ingesting.
Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.