My current favourite health tip is Black Seed Oil. I was recently given some freshly cold pressed, organic oil from this magical seed so I spent some time looking in to the active properties of Nigella Sativa.
Black seed oil has been very extensively studies. Scientific data and professionally conducted trials are often lacking when it comes to natural remedies, but this ancient panacea is backed up by literally hundreds of studies.
There is such a broad range of health benefits associated with black seed oil that it makes sense to take it as a preventative and health tonic. The main proven benefits I have listed below, but it makes me think, if this natural product does all that the studies say it does, then what about all the things it might help with that haven’t yet been established.
What is essential, is quality, true of all oils we ingest and use topically, as many oils are negatively affected by light, heat and oxygen and however good an oil might be in theory, once it’s become oxidized through exposure to heat, light and / or oxygen, the oil is rancid and will be harmful. So use the same criteria as a really good olive oil or coconut oil – cold pressed, organic with a pressing date and in a dark bottle. Keep in a cool dark place and take as a supplement at a dose of about 1 teaspoon a day.
The health benefits of black seed oil:
1. Incredibly, some studies suggest that it can partially regenerate cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, hence both type 1 and type 2 diabetics might benefit. It also acts in the same way as the most readily prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, Metformin. I am not suggesting for a moment that you stop your Metformin if you’re currently taking it, but good trials have shown that it increases insulin sensitivity.
2. There is a compound in black seed oil that has been shown effective against the hospital bug MRSA. This highly aggressive and resistant bug is notoriously for infecting people who are already vulnerable due to having hospital procedures. Black seed oil has been tested against multiple strains of MRSA and proven effective against all of them.
3. This oil has multiple anti-cancer properties, which is staggering. From restricting the increase in the growth of new blood vessels to a tumor (anti-angiogenesis) to preventing metastasis, or the spreading of cancer to other areas; triggering cell death in cancer (something that all other cells know to do if they are damaged or malfunctioning, but cancer cells are not able to turn themselves off); this oil’s properties also appear to enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy while reducing side effects, how incredible is that!?
4/ Black seed oil offers protection and detoxification support to the liver.
Black seed oil is also highly ant-inflammatory, anti-oxidant protects your cells from free radical damage), anti-fungal so great for candida and other yeast-based issues and helps regulate blood pressure and can relieve asthma in some people.
This is why I love using natural foods – they are so complex and multi-functional targeting many systems and offering protection to multiple functions within the body. Show me a pharmaceutical that comes even close!