Hepatitis C virus, otherwise known as HCV, is a condition that induces inflammation of the liver. Although the virus might be acute, or short-term, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 85 percent of individuals are diagnosed with chronic HVC. Black seed oil contains the compound thymoquinone, which might help alleviate symptoms of HCV, as the compound contains anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, advocates of black seed oil say the oil might also help improve liver function, thereby reducing the symptoms associated with HCV, such as jaundice, fatigue and emotional instability. Consult your health care provider before ingesting black seed oil and for other treatment options.
Begin treatment of HCV by ingesting 1 tsp. of black seed oil on a daily basis. Slowly increase the dosage to find the upper limit of black seed oil that is appropriate for you. Note that manufacturers recommend restricting your daily intake of black seed oil to about 2 tsp.
Swallow the black seed oil by itself or dilute it with your beverage of choice. Do not heat the oil or incorporate the oil into hot beverages or food items as the heat might destroy or alter the chemical compounds of the oil necessary for treating HCV.
Record your reactions to the black seed oil. If you don't notice an improvement, slightly increase the dosage, staying within the maximum recommended amount. Individuals sensitive to black seed oil should begin by ingesting a half-teaspoon of black seed oil every other day for the first few weeks before consuming the oil on a daily basis. If you notice an improvement in your condition, maintain the results by ingesting a daily dose of 1 tsp.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public
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