Black seed oil comes from Nigella sativa, a flowering plant native to the Middle East, it produces an inflated fruit pod containing hundreds of seeds. Once dry the seeds turn jet black, they can be pressed to extract a wonderful golden green oil
Nigella sativa has been valued as a culinary and medicinal plant throughout the Middle and Far East for thousands of years. Many different uses of Nigella sativa can be found in many canons of ancient medicine. Black seed oil use is found in traditional medicinal practices around the world.
Today over 800 scientific papers have been published on the effects of black seed oil and its active components like thymoquinone. Black seed oil has proven powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic and immune system regulation action.
As our understanding of the effects of Nigella sativa expands, ever more evidence is coming to light about the beneficial role of black seed oil for treating a number of diseases especially; diabetes, allergy, auto-immune diseases and cancer.
Nigella sativa seed, extracts and oil, and isolated constituents have demonstrated a wide variety of therapeutic effects in laboratory studies including: analgesic, anti-arthritic, anti-atherogenic, anti-asthmatic, anti-malarial, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antipyretic, diuretic, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic, antihypertensive, immunomodulatory, cardio-protective, hepato-protective, gastro-protective, nephro-protective, neuro-protective, pneumo-protective, radio-protective properties.
Oral administration of black seed oil or its extracts in humans has been shown to: reduce blood pressure, improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients, reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol in patients with dyslipidemia or congestive heart disease, improve the symptoms in patients with asthma and allergic rhinitis, improve sperm count in men, treat hand eczema, reduce anxiety, improve memory and learning and even reduce mean frequency of seizures in children with refractory seizures.