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What Is Black Seed Oil Used For?

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author image Kristeen Cherney
Kristeen Cherney began writing healthy lifestyle and education articles in 2008. Since then, her work has appeared in various online publications, including Healthline.com, Ideallhealth.com and FindCollegeInfo.com. Cherney holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English.

Black seed oil is an herbal supplement derived from black cumin seeds. According to BlackSeedUSA.com, black seed oil may benefit your health. But like any other supplement, you should consult your doctor before starting a diet that includes black seed oil.

Allergies

According to AmazingHerbs.com, the World Academy of Scientists found that black seed oil helped about 70 percent of allergy sufferers during a clinical study. Black seed oil contains a type of omega-6 fatty acid called prostaglandin E1. According to the Healthier Life website, this substance helps to enhance the effectiveness of conventional allergy medications.

Cell Protection

According to The Healthier Life, black seed oil helps protect your body's cells from superoxide free radicals. The winning ingredient? Good old vitamin C, a type of antioxidant that helps to block such free radicals. By blocking free radicals, you reduce your risk of diseases like cancer.

Hair and Skin

Also, black seed oil is used to fight fungus and to keep hair healthy. Copper, a mineral component of copper, acts as a natural anti-fungal agent and is also used in hygiene products.

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Nutrition

Besides copper, vitamin C and omega-6 fatty acids, black seed oil contains other nutrients, including vitamin A, vegetable proteins, iron, calcium, thiamin, zinc, niacin, copper, phosphorus and riboflavin. Vitamin A promotes vision health; iron prevents fatigue; calcium and phosphorus are essential for bone health; thiamin, niacin and riboflavin promote cardiovascular health and muscle growth; and zinc promotes growth and healing.

Dosage

The Healthier Life recommends eating a daily dosage of one teaspoon of black seed oil. You can also mix it into your salad dressing, for example to boost its flavor.

Warning

According to BlackSeedUSA.com, black seed oil should not replace conventional medical care. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor before using black seed oil in order to prevent any risks your fetus.

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