Black Seed Oil Side Effects

Black seeds have been eaten as a spice for centuries, they have been found to be safe even in quite high doses. [1]

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Carefully selected Turkish black seeds to produce an excellent quality oil

Pure black seed oil is the pressed lipid component of the Nigella sativa plant seed. Black seed oil is much more concentrated than the equivalent volume of seed. Around seven spoons of black seed are required to produce one spoon of black seed oil.

What are the side effects of black seed oil?

There is a wide margin of safety for therapeutic doses of black seed oil. [2] Like any natural supplement you should exercise caution when first taking black seed oil.

Some individuals will simply  not get along with black seed oil (very rare) and some may even be allergic to it (even rarer). With any new supplement start with small amounts and increase gradually.

Effects of black seed oil to be aware of: –

Understanding certain effects black seed oil can have on different bodily functions is important before taking.

1.  Hypotensive. Black seed oil can reduce you blood pressure, make sure you don’t stand up too quickly, keep hydrated and ask you doctor. to monitor you blood pressure whilst on black seed oil. You may need to reduce or come off blood pressure medications under supervision of your doctor.

2. Hypoglycaemic. Black seed oil can regulate blood sugar so may alleviate the need for diabetic medications. Make sure you eat regularly whilst taking the black seed oil (best taken on an empty stomach 30 mins before a meal). If you are diabetic monitor you sugars and tell your doctor. You may need to reduce or come off diabetic medications under supervision of your doctor.

3. Sedative. After 30 minutes of taking black seed oil you may feel lightheaded and drowsy. This will depend on your general state of alertness. This state is useful for the evening dose in helping you nod off to sleep. Until you know how black seed oil affects you don’t drive or operate heavy machinery soon after taking it.

4. Blood thinning. Black seed oil can slow down clotting. If you take any anti clotting medication speak to your doctor. so a blood clotting profile test can be done whilst on black seed oil.

Black seed oil should not be taken by pregnant women.

 

References: –

  1. Ali BH, Blunden G. Pharmacological and toxicological properties of Nigella sativa. Phytother Res. 2003 Apr;17(4):299-305.
  2. Zaoui A, Cherrah Y, Mahassini N, et al. Acute and chronic toxicity of Nigella sativa fixed oil. Phytomedicine. 2002 Jan;9(1):69-74.

9 thoughts on “Black Seed Oil Side Effects”

  1. A friend of mine had eye surgery on both eyes, he put black seed oil on his eyelids to help with redness, watery eyes & throbbing pain in both eyes. Would this help with his problems?

    1. Dear Barbara
      Certainly not.
      He must see an eye specialist promptly.
      We never advise using black seed oil on or around the eyes.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NABI blackseed

  2. Hi i feel like my blood sugar level s goin down after taking crushed seeds with honey..and i dnt hv diabetics…i started using ds as soon as i stopped my medicines fr eczema…it gvs a relief fr eczema..but causes kinda low blood sugar…pls help me on ds…

    1. Dear Imtikhab
      Black seed oil can reduce blood sugar levels, if you are not diabetic you should take it with some fruit juice or honey. If you feel like your blood sugars are low you should have a sugary snack.
      Black seed oil is good for allergic diseases in general and specifically for eczema you should apply it topically as it has equal effect to steroid cream but without the side effect profile of steroids. If your condition is severe you would need to use it both topically and orally.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

  3. I have started to consume 5 ml of black seeds oil in the mornings and evenings (5 days already). From the first day I experienced awful itching of my palms and feet, and with every day it’s getting worse, especially before nighttime. Some reddish spots appeared on my body as well. I took anti allergic medicine – it helped a little. Does it mean I shouldn’t take black seed anymore, or what to do?

    1. Reply for this Question:
      Veronica
      24/07/2015 AT 10:46 AM
      I have started to consume 5 ml of black seeds oil in the mornings and evenings (5 days already). From the first day I experienced awful itching of my palms and feet, and with every day it’s getting worse, especially before nighttime. Some reddish spots appeared on my body as well. I took anti allergic medicine – it helped a little. Does it mean I shouldn’t take black seed anymore, or what to do?

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      ANSWER:

      IF YOU FEEL ALLERGY THEN USE FRESH WATER 8 GLASS DAILY …… AND REDUCE DOSAGE OF BLACK SEED OIL 0.5 ML INSTEAD OF 5 ML.

      5 ML IS HEAVEY DOSAGE FOR YOU.

  4. Hi, l would like to find out whether black seed has got potassium because I have too much potassium in my blood already. Thanks

    1. Dear Toyin
      Black seed oil does contain some potassium, with the normal doses you will be ingesting it in small amounts. Importantly it also causes excretion of both sodium and potassium (as it is a powerful natural diuretic). If you start to take the oil tell your doctor and have your levels monitored.
      Kind regards
      Team @ NabiBlackSeedOil.com

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Nigella sativa has been renowned in traditional holistic medicine systems for over 2000 years. It has remarkable antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilatory, hypotensive, immunopotentiating and anti-cancer properties