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VIDEO: Five Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil for Internal Use

Sunday April 18, 2021
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Known as the ‘Blessed Seed’ in Arabic and Nigella sativa in Latin, Black Seed is praised down the centuries for its therapeutic benefits in human health. In particular, the oil is rich in omega fats and active compounds.


Of notable mention, thymoquinone is one of the key bioactives in Black Seed oil, which has been shown in modern research to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.  


Black Seed and Black Seed OilPhoto caption: Black Seed and Black Seed Oil

Discover 5 researched internal benefits of Black Seed, and how it can support your long-term wellbeing.  

Relieve Allergy Symptoms

Black Seed has been shown to relieve troublesome hay fever symptoms in hundreds of sufferers. In a study conducted on 66 individuals with hay fever, 0.5ml of daily black seed supplementation significantly reduced nasal congestion, itching, runny nose, and sneezing (1). Black Seed is believed to exert antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects that may support hay fever treatment.  


Weight Management

Obesity can cause a myriad of health conditions if left untreated. Alongside a healthy balanced diet and exercise, Black Seed may be used to combat obesity and support weight management. In a review of trials conducted on 875 total participants, black seed as little as 100mg daily for 6-13 weeks reduced weight and BMI significantly (2). The researchers suggest that Black Seed may contribute to weight loss by promoting glucose balance and reducing fat absorption.


Blood Glucose Regulation

The regulation of blood sugar levels is critical to health and may prevent a variety of conditions. Black seed has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in individuals with type 2 diabetes. In a study which supplemented with 2,000mg of Black Seed, type 2 diabetics experienced improved fasting blood glucose levels (3).Improve Heart Health


Improve Heart Health

Chronic high blood pressure is a specific risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease. Black Seed oil has been found to reduce blood pressure when taken at 200mg daily for eight weeks in trials (4). The antioxidant properties of Black Seed are thought to support cardiovascular health.


Promote Respiratory Health

Coughing, wheezing and chest tightness and other respiratory symptoms may be supported by black seed oil. In studies conducted on individuals with respiratory conditions, Black Seed supplementation at 1-2g per day reduced inflammation and notably improved symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and night-time waking (5).  

Author: Salma Dawood holds a BSc honours degree in Human Nutrition.


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1) Nikakhlagh, Soheila Fakher Rahim, Faezeh Hossein Nejad Aryani Amir Syahpoush, Mehri Ghafouryan Brougerdnya, Nader Saki. 2011. Herbal treatment of allergic rhinitis: the use of Nigella sativa. American Journal of Otolaryngology, Volume 32, Issue 5 , 402 – 407.   

2) Mousavi, S.M., Sheikhi, A., Varkaneh, H.K., Zarezadeh, M., Rahmani, J. and Milajerdi, A., 2018. Effect of Nigella sativa supplementation on obesity indices: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complementary therapies in medicine. 


4) Dehkordi, Farshad Roghani, and Amir Farhad Kamkhah. "Antihypertensive effect of Nigella sativa seed extract in patients with mild hypertension." Fundamental & clinical pharmacology 22.4 (2008): 447-452. 

5) Salem, A. M., Bamosa, A. O., Qutub, H. O., Gupta, R. K., Badar, A., Elnour, A., & Afzal, M. N. (2017). Effect of Nigella sativa supplementation on lung function and inflammatory mediatorsin partly controlled asthma: a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Saudi medicine, 37(1), 64-71. 


The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


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