Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) although unfamiliar to many, is highly familiar to many of those who either use natural remedies or are practitioners of natural medicine. Nigella Sativa, also known in English-speaking cultures as black cumin, Carraway, black sesame, Roman coriander, and commonly black seed.
Black seed has been used for thousands of years with its original documented use being dated back to ancient Egypt.
Many of the ailments for which it was used traditionally have actually been confirmed in medical literature as being very effective. According to greenmedinfo.com, since 1964 their have been more than 600 published peer-reviewed studies referencing it!
They go on to say further in the article that they have identified over 1600 natural compounds contained in black seed with a wide range of natural benefits. Moreover, they point out that there are tens of thousands of additional substances that have already been researched with hundreds of thousands of studies establishing their medical value.
Amazingly black seed has a very impressive track record.
According to the greenmedinfo.com article referenced above, black seed has been researched for very specific health conditions and some of the most compelling applications include the following:
Type II Diabetes
The article points out that Type II diabetes could be helped by an individual taking 2 g of black seed a day, that would be 2000 mg. They cite a study where 2 g of black seed daily resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduce glycosylated hemoglobin in human subjects.
The article also cites a study where black seed possesses clinically useful anti-H. pylori activity comparable to triple eradication therapy.
The article goes on further to talk about the benefits of black seed when used as a therapy for epilepsy. The article references a study that coincides with one of the traditionally known reasons that black seed was used. Black seed was traditionally known to have anticonvulsant properties. A 2007 study with epileptic children whose conditions were refractory to conventional drug treatment, discovered that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity.
High Blood Pressure
Another benefit associated with black seed was its ability to help those who had high blood pressure. It has been discovered in studies that the daily use of 100 and 200 mg. of black seed extract, twice daily for 2 months can have a blood pressure lowering effect in patients who suffer with mild hypertension.
Another condition that is associated with relief when black seed is used is acute tonsillopharyngitis. One of the main active constituents within black seed is superior to the drug, fluticasone, in an animal model of asthma. Another study in human subjects, found that boiled water extracts of black seed have relatively potent anti-asthmatic effect on asthmatic airways.
Black seed also has been found to have antibacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus better known as MRSA.
Finally, according to the article black seed is also effective at opiate addiction/withdrawal. A study on 35 opiate addicts found black seed as an effective therapy and long-term treatment for opioid dependence.
Notwithstanding the amazing benefits listed above, Black seed oil has been scientifically shown to be a significant weapon in the fight against what’s been identified as Covid 19.
A study published at Pubmed.gov entitled: Nigella Sativa For The Treatment of COVID-19: An Open-label Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial pointed out that those taking black seed oil, “supplementation was associated with faster recovery of symptoms than usual care alone for patients with mild COVID-19 infection…”
Another study published Published online June 10, at 2021 U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes Of Health :Possible therapeutic effects of Nigella sativa and its thymoquinone on COVID-19 concluded “These preliminary data of molecular docking, animal, and clinical studies propose N. sativa and TQ might have beneficial effects on the treatment or control of COVID-19 due to antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties as well as bronchodilatory effects. The efficacy of N. sativa and TQ on infected patients with COVID-19 in randomize clinical trials will be suggested.”
Indeed the Creator has provided some very powerful wellness aids to keep us healthy, but to also help us if we get sick.