Black Seed Oil: The Next Turmeric
Herbs and oil extracts, such as aloe vera, turmeric (curcuma Longa) or apple cider vinegar, have been used for many centuries, sometimes millennia, as alternative treatments. Although some are forgotten, their fascinating health properties have not been altered. One of these natural remedies is black seed oil.
What is Black Seed Oil?[caption id="attachment_667" align="alignleft" width="150"] black cumin oil[/caption]
Black seed oil, also known as black cumin, black coriander oil, or simply black oil, derives from Nigella sativa. This is a plant with small, black, crescent-shaped seeds that grows in Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and the Middle East.
Black cumin is one the most revered medicinal seeds in the history of mankind. It has been written about in different cultural and religious books for more than 3000 years. It was considered as a “Panacea” or “cure-all”.
Historical documents indicate that Cleopatra’s beauty secret was black cumin seed oil. The “father of medicine” Hippocrates already employed black seed oil for digestion problems. Currently there are hundreds of studies demonstrating the various health properties and indications for use of black seed oil.
How Does a Simple Oil Do All That?[caption id="attachment_666" align="alignright" width="150"] seed[/caption]
The black seed oil contains 100 different chemical constituents but the focus has been on the predominant constituent of Nigella sativa responsible for the biological effects: Thymoquinone. It is in many ways similar to how curcumin has risen in popularity, with an increasingly narrowing focus on curcuminoids as active constituents.
Quality of Black Seed Oil?[caption id="attachment_665" align="alignright" width="150"] Nigella sativa plant[/caption]
As with any vegetable or seed oil, black seed oil can cause health problems if it is not properly extracted, processed or packaged. That is why it is important to check these three quality dimensions before selecting a product. Our black cumin product only contains Sabinsa’s Nigellin, a branded and well-studied extract to ensure efficacy, consistent quality and proper standardization with regard to the content of Thymoquinone, Thymohydroquinone and Hederagenin.
- Beneficial effect on heart and blood vessels
- Supports digestion
- For healthy airways
- Supports the immune system
- Strengthens the life force
- For a healthy life
- Increases vitality
- Beneficial plant
Just like curcumin, black cumin is a pleiotropic nutraceutical with a broad range of effects that can benefit many. Both have a long history of use, and modern science is trying to unravel its health secrets. Curcumin has become one of the most popular supplements of recent years and we think black cumin will follow in its footsteps as the knowledge and awareness around this historical seed builds up.
Black cumin seed oil is a true wonder food and many people have known this for thousands of years. Sometimes we have to look back to move forward, and as health is a multifactorial and complex resource, we should use as many dietary hacks as we have.
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