What is Black Seed Oil?

Black seed oil: health craze or legitimate health food? I had never heard of it before until I came across a woman sampling it at my local health food store. She assured me that Black Seed Oil is the latest and greatest superfood. Of course, she might have been a little biased. But since then, I’ve seen it popping up everywhere.

I decided to try and it find out for myself. I’m combining my personal experience with some serious scientific data to tell you a little about Black Seed Oil.

Where does Black Seed Oil come from?

Black seed oil comes from black caraway seeds. These seeds also go by other names like black cumin, black onion seeds, fennel flower, and kalonji. They come from a small plant called Nigela sativa. They have been used in some cultures as a natural remedy for thousands of years.

What are the Benefits of Black Seed Oil?

One 2013 study shows promise regarding Black Seed Oil and liver health. Supplementing with Black Seed Oil was shown to be liver protective. It reduced liver damage as a result of disease complications in rats. At this time, no studies have been done on supplementation in humans and liver health.

Studies also show that Black Seed Oil may help with obesity. A significant decrease on body weight has been seen when supplementing with it. Additionally, a decrease in hip and weight circumference was recorded. Black seed oil could be considered as part of a weight loss plan.

There have been a few studies that also confirm the antibacterial effect of black seed oil. Adding black seed oil as a daily part of your routine could protect against certain bacteria and help you ward off illness.

Black seed oil may also be helpful with symptoms of asthma. Participants in a study who were administered capsules containing black seed showed significant improvements on an asthma control test. This could be due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. This could also be beneficial to use during illness for it’s support of healthy lung function.

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What does Black Seed Oil Taste Like?

Black seed oil tastes herby. It’s not a particularly overwhelming taste. It is easily mixed in to beverages like coffee, tea, or a smoothie. My favourite way to take it in decaf green tea with a little bit of good quality honey.

The Takeaway

This plant has been used medicinally for many years, and for good reason: it has a ton of benefits including liver health, weight loss support, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it can also help with asthma.

I’m going to continue using this intermittently, but especially during illness. It’s antibacterial properties, support of lung function, and help with detoxification via the liver support is especially beneficial when you’re fighting something off.

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23543440
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3691594/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11744288
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713504000891

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