Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss

black seed oil weight loss

Regular use of black seed oil lowers weight and reduces waist circumference

Many people who use black seed oil vouch that it works wonders for weight management and battling obesity, but what does the scientific evidence actually say?

Early evidence for the effects of black seed oil on weight was found in animal trials investigating the safety of black seed oil and it extracts. In one trial rats given black seed oil were noted not to gain weight compared to controls fed the same amount of calories. [1]

A human trial investigating the effects of Nigella sativa seed oil on obese men confirmed beneficial effects for weight loss. [2] Black seed oil was compared to placebo and given to two masked groups of overweight men aged between 30 – 50 for three months. The study recruited and included 39 in each arm. Participants were examined weekly. The results showed that the group receiving black seed oil had a statistically significant weight loss and reduction in waist circumference compared to placebo.

Participants were also assessed on a number of subjective symptoms (see table below), interestingly in the group taking black seed oil all subjective complaints disappeared after the first week. In the control group symptoms remained until the end of the study.

black seed oil boosts metabolism and helps speed up weight loss in combination with exercise and diet
Black seed oil boosts metabolism and helps speed up weight loss in combination with exercise and diet modifications

Black seed oil resulted in marked symptom improvement in treatment arm from week 1 which persisted to the end of the study. The placebo arm symptoms remained unchanged.

A previous study which looked at the effects of powdered black seed on body-mass index, waist-hip ratio, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, serum lipids also confirmed a  favourable impact of powdered N. sativa (black seed) seed in capsule was noted on almost all variables. The results of this study were not statistically significant because of small sample size. [3]

It is important to remember that consumption of powered seeds of Nigella sativa gives a much smaller dose compared to the oil which is essentially highly concentrated seed extract.

Another study which specifically looked at  the metabolic impact of Nigella sativa power on menopausal women found no statistically significant changes in body weight, however improvements in total cholesterol, triglycerides, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, high density lipoprotein cholesterol and blood glucose was found.[4]

In conclusion the clinical evidence supports the known anecdotal and other animal model trial evidence that black seed oil has benefits for weight loss. There is evidence that black seed oil has beneficial effect to counteract the adverse consequences of obesity. Further large scale trials are needed to establish exactly how much weight loss is achieved at each dose of black seed oil.

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1.  Tauseef Sultan M, Butt MS, Anjum FM. Safety assessment of black cumin fixed and essential oil in normal Sprague Dawley rats: Serological and hematological indices. Food Chem Toxicol. 2009 Nov;47(11):2768-75.

2.  Datau EA, et al. Efficacy of Nigella sativa on serum free testosterone and metabolic disturbances in central obese male. Acta Med Indones. 2010 Jul; 42(3):130-4.

3.  Qidwai W, et al. Effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of powdered Nigella sativa (kalonji) seed in capsules on serum lipid levels, blood sugar, blood pressure, and body weight in adults: results of a randomized, double-blind controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Jun;15(6):639-44.

4.  Ibrahim RM, et al. Protective Effects of Nigella sativa on Metabolic Syndrome in Menopausal Women. Adv Pharm Bull. 2014;4(1):29-33.

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39 thoughts on “Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss

  1. Maya says:

    Hi I have had alopecia and just been diagnosed with pcos will taking black see oil help control the hormones and help me lose weight and if so how do I take it etc??

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Maya
      I think black seed oil can help you with both problems. Much online ‘forum chatter’ indicates that those suffering with hormone imbalance like PCOS. It is certainly worth trying.

      Additionally proven to help weight loss and glucose intolerance both of which come with PCOS.

      Take one teaspoon 30 mins before breakfast and one before dinner and a final one before bed.

      Try this for two weeks and monitor the effects. You will need to continue for longer but mabye can reduce the dosing.

      All the best and please post back how you get on with it.

      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

  2. Maya says:

    Hi I have had alopecia for 17 years and just been diagnosed with pcos will taking black see oil help control the hormones and help me lose weight and if so how do I take it etc??

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Maya
      I think black seed oil can help you with both problems. Much online ‘forum chatter’ indicates that those suffering with hormone imbalance like PCOS. It is certainly worth trying.

      Additionally proven to help weight loss and glucose intolerance both of which come with PCOS.

      Take one teaspoon 30 mins before breakfast and one before dinner and a final one before bed.

      Try this for two weeks and monitor the effects. You will need to continue for longer but mabye can reduce the dosing.

      All the best and please post back how you get on with it.

      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Cheryl

      Black seed oil used in conjunction with a diet will speed up the rate of weight loss. You need to take three 5 ml spoons of black seed oil per day, preferably before a meal with a little honey. It will make you more energetic (boosts metabolism). You will find you are more active and have more energy throughout the day. Incorporate a daily physical activity routine (2 x 30 minute brisk walks). Eat the recommended or a slightly reduced number of daily calories and reduce the fat in your diet to a bare minimum.

      You will find that the weight comes off much quicker and easier with black seed oil compared to without.

      Team @ NabiBlackseedOil.com

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Eliz
      Ladies with PCOS who have taken Black seed oil report many benefits. You should take three spoons per day it is best to take the spoon (around 5 ml) and to follow it with a small amount of honey or fruit juice. Milk would be ok as well but it would be better to have something sweet.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackseedOil.com

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Shaikh
      Some people have used it mixed with honey and cinnamon in a cold drink to loose weight.
      For weight loss take one 5 ml spoon before meals through-out the day and combine it with a low fat diet and exercise for synergistic effect to boost metabolism and increase the calories you burn each day.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

  3. Besa says:

    Hi im breastfeeding and obese , can I take the blackseed oil before all meals? How is it best on empty stomach? How much is too much? Please help me in awnsering these questions.

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Besa
      Like most natural supplements black seed oil has not been tested in breast feeding women. Traditionally it has been used in certain cultures to boost milk production. If you are using black seed oil to loose weight then it must be done in combination with an active lifestyle and eating the right foods. Black seed works synergistically in such a setting but cannot be expected to be a quick fix. Off course breast feeding itself will be helping you use lots of calories daily.
      One 5 ml teaspoon of black seed oil should be taken before a meal. Start with one dose daily and increase up to three spread out over the day.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Sohana
      There are no studies looking at black seed oil in breastfeeding mothers but it has been used traditionally to increase milk production and has been demonstrated to do so in animal studies.
      It increases metabolism and has been shown to help with weight loss. Start cautiously with a small dose initially and slowly increase up to three 5ml spoons a day.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear San
      The oil is a concentrated extract of seed. It is best to use the unfiltered, unrefined oil which contains the maximum beneficial compounds from both the seed and oil.
      It is important that black seed oil used must be combined with increased exercise, the black seed oil benefits for weight loss have been found when tested in groups of patients undergoing an exercise regime. The groups taking Nigella sativa oil loose more weight, likely because of increased metabolism.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Lubna
      Take it before a meal on an empty stomach. A 5ml serving should be enough. It will boost metabolism and when combined with physical activity will speed up weight loss.
      Kind regards
      Team @ Nabi Blackseed

    • nabiblackseed says:

      Dear Muhammed
      It may be an auto-immune form of diabetes. Black seed oil could help as it had immunomodulator properties and can protect organs from damaging hyperglycaemia.
      Kind regards
      Team @ Nabi Blackseed

  4. nazli says:

    i am diabetic and used the black seed oil with honey to lose weight with the correct quantities as required, but it made me itch in my private parts. is this normal.

      • Nazlia says:

        i have been to the doctor and was told to stay away from the honey as this is not good for diabetics.

        is there any other form of ratio I can use without the honey for weight loss. I really need to improve my metabolism and energy as I feel very tired and sluggish.

        • nabiblackseed says:

          Dear Nazila
          Yes you can have pure fruit juice instead. We have found it best to have a little sugar with the black seed oil when taking it.
          You will find that you energy levels improve but you must ensure you are getting enough sleep as well. In our experience black seed oil normalises your bodies natural rhythms. If you take it before bed in the evening when you should be going to sleep it will help you get a good nights sleep. If you take it at the start of the day before being physically active you will have more energy. If you take it first thing in the morning and then lay down again you will most certainly fall into a deep sleep again.
          All the best
          Kind regards
          Team @ NABI blackseed

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