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Description

Black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant Nigella Sativa. Some people call the seed "black cumin" because of its shape. It has a significant amount of fatty acids that are healthy for your body.

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Possible Benefits

  • May help improve digestion
  • May strengthen the immune system
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • May help treat respiratory symptoms
  • Antioxidant
  • May help regulate cholesterol
  • Supports the proper functioning of neurons
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Required Equipment

Black seed oil 

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How to Do It

Since it has a bitter taste, it is recommended that you use it in small quantities (two spoons maximum). You can add it to salads, pasta, soups, or vegetables.

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Why it works

  • The seeds of this plant have about 50-60% of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Two of them are a linoleic acid and oleic acid. These promote the creation of immunoglobulin, one of the first defenses of the immune system.
  • This oil can improve intestinal transit, improving digestion. In addition, it has a diuretic effect, so it helps eliminate toxic elements from the body. 
  • By having healthy fatty acids, it can improve cholesterol levels and improve circulation. 
  • It can strengthen the nervous system through its antioxidant effects. In addition, it can help inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. When inhibited, the neurotransmitter acetylcholine works better and is not wasted. Acetylcholine is essential for the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for many automatic processes in our body.
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Time Commitment

1-2 minutes 

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Suggested Frequency

1-2 times per week 

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Time of Day

Any

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Possible Side Effects

In some people, it can cause skin allergies. 

One of its components, melanthine, can be toxic in large quantities. 

It can interact with some medications, so it is best to consult your doctor before using it.

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Tips

  • You can also find this oil in capsules. 
  • Do not use this oil for frying, because it is too bitter.
  • Olive oil has similar benefits and has more scientific evidence.
  • You can also try using the black seeds in salads.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Neuropharmacological effects of Nigella sativa. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4884225/
  2. A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3642442/
  3. Review: Nigella Sativa (Prophetic Medicine): A Review. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28603137/
  4. Phytochemistry, pharmacology, and therapeutic uses of black seed (Nigella sativa). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1875536416300887?via%3Dihub
  5. Gastrointestinal effects of Nigella sativa and its main constituent, thymoquinone: a review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4884214/
  6. Review on Clinical Trials of Black Seed (Nigella sativa ) and Its Active Constituent, Thymoquinone. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5633670/
  7. Potential immunomodulation effect of the extract of Nigella sativa on ovalbumin sensitized guinea pigs*. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3048935/
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 Health  Digestion  Immunity
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