With its origin in Egypt, Nigella Sativa or Black Cumin seed has been valued by healers in the Far East and India for about 5000 years for just about every imaginable disease. Along came modern science and put its virtues in black and white.
Black Cumin seed oil is probably the best and easiest way to make use of it. By cold pressing the seeds, oil is derived which is without a doubt one of the most potent oils around, as the diverse substances are in concentrated form. Should you have trouble using the oil, supplements are readily available in health shops or better still, use it as a culinary herb. It is lovely in spicy dishes, with recipes easy to find.
The core of physical imbalances can be found within our cells. When used regularly, this herb has the ability to affect cellular activity directly with it’s more than 100 active compounds. Apart from the expected vitamins and minerals, it contains amino acids, bioflavonoids, proteins, carbohydrates, alkaloids, saponins, volatile oils of which thymoquinone is the most active ingredient, saturated (20%) and unsaturated (80%) fatty acids and a bunch of other phytochemical substances. In an attempt to summarize it’s multitude of overlapping health benefits, scientists have determined a few core attributes:
- immune regulator
- energy promotor
- glucose regulator
- cholesterol regulator
- skin regulator
- inflammatory regulator
Within complex combinations of Black Cumin seed‘s long list of substances lie phenomenal qualities that can be beneficial to the health of everyone, young and old. It has no harsh side-effects, making it safe to use as one pleases. For therapeutic purposes, a teaspoon of oil, 3 times per day is advised.
Without getting too technical, let’s get behind the secrets.
As potent antioxidant it can play an important part in managing the negative effects of free radicals, protecting one against degenerative conditions of the heart, bones and brain. It has been proven to fight and shrink cancer cells.
It enhances the body’s own fighting mechanism, the immune system, in order to deal with cells invaded by viruses, bacteria and parasites. In addition to this, it is anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial and on top of this, it has antibiotic properties and is an anti-inflammatory. It is with other words a flu and cold buster, gets rid of intestinal worms and takes no nonsense from yeast infections, to name but a few.
Persons suffering from chronic conditions below can benefit hugely from the healing qualities of this herb:
- Crohn’s Disease
- rheumatic diseases
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- skin conditions such as eczema and psoriases.
As already mentioned, it is a super anti-inflammatory thanks to it’s impressive amounts of omega 3. The omega 6 fatty acid stimulates healthy skin and bones and omega 9 is good for the heart and regulates blood sugar levels.
Bioflavonoids are in found in significant quantities in Black Cumin seed. Not only does it have major healing and protective properties against cancer, heart and artery diseases and in chronic illnesses, but it has the ability to positively affect the production of enzymes and hormones, which is as important to life as the air we breathe.
With all it’s oils, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, it is a superior treat to the skin. It is highly beneficial in maintaining a healthy skin and would certainly keep wrinkles at bay for quite a while longer if you start using it early enough.
For external tissue damage, Black Cumin seed can do little miracles. It is packed with natural oils that can reduce scar tissue and stretch marks. Rub the oil directly onto the problem area.
Black Cumin seed can also play an important part in one’s digestive health. It protects the digestive tract, sooths stomach cramps and stops diarrhea and vomiting.
If you have a tendency of forgetting or have concentration problems, once again, Black Cumin seed. It has a high vitamin B content and can be an excellent supplement for anyone having to rack their brain like children during exams. Who knows, perhaps it could could also have a positive effect on the memory of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease?
And the list goes on and on. It keeps arteries clear and promotes blood circulation. It lowers blood pressure and has a positive effect on varicose veins. It can combat hair loss, grey hair, insomnia, migraines and depression. It lubricates the joints, gets the metabolism going, makes a quick end to kidney stones, gallstones, protects the liver and other organs, and best of all, gives energy and boosts vitality, enriching the quality of life. Many a scientist has been stunned as ancient wisdom has been confirmed, so let thoughts of “it’s to good to be true” fly out your mind and make it an indispensable part of your life. The sooner, the better.