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Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil

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Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel is an expert in the field of health and wellness and has been writing for LIVESTRONG.COM since 2009. She is a university-level professor and a licensed naturopathic physician providing individualized consultations on natural and holistic approaches to chronic disease at her Bloomfield, NJ office. Dr. Jackson-Michel is a doctoral graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil
A wooden spoon filled with black cumin seeds lying in a pile of cumin seeds. Photo Credit Karisssa/iStock/Getty Images


The black seed known as the black cumin seed encases an important medicinal oil that been used for centuries in Arabian, African and Asian countries it is indigenous to. Modern research is validating its many traditional uses for diseases like asthma, according to a 2003 issue of “Phytotherapy Research” and metabolic syndrome, notes “The Internet Journal of Pharmacology.” Black cumin seed also goes by its Latin name, Nigella sativa. The oil is extracted, concentrated and packaged most commonly as gel cap.

Allergic Diseases

Allergic disease encompasses conditions such as allergic rhinitis, a chronic or seasonal expression of symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and a scratchy throat, among other signs; asthma and atopic dermatitis conditions, such as asthma. The 2003 “Phytotherapy Research” journal article supplemented study participants with 40 to 80 mg/kg/day of the seed oil. It was concluded that subjective allergic symptoms decreased over the course of treatment. While the study did not definitively define how black seed oil produced the beneficial results, a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center describes some of its effects as anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and antioxidant rich.

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Liver Protection

The liver is a vital organ that assists with the metabolism of food, the production of proteins necessary for fluid balance and immune function and detoxification. When it is diseased due to infection, alcohol and dietary abuse or radiation the need for transplant or surgery may leave a person susceptible to a common complication known as hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury. It is an inflammatory response that causes further damage to the liver, according to a 2008 “Medical News Today” article. The antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of black seed oil, notes the information website of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, have made it a very viable choice in conditions where this complication is expected. “Medical News Today” notes that the seed oil has no side effects and suggests that it may improve survival rates.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is an increasing issue in the Western world. It is characterized as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and a pre-diabetic state. It is a prelude to many chronic and life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and “The Internet Journal of Pharmacology” notes that the black cumin seed oil improves many parameters of this condition. It is suggested as an effective adjunctive therapy to conventional treatment, as a 2.5 ml twice per day dose improved parameters of waist-to-hip ratio, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose and blood pressure.

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