Black cumin (Nigella sativa) has many different names: Black seed, Roman coriander, Black sesame, to name a few. Whatever you choose to call it, one thing is sure – this seed has numerous powerful, scientifically proven health benefits. From effectively fighting bacteria and pathogens to controlling diabetes and Alzheimer’s and fighting cancer, it’s no wonder Black cumin is also known as the God’s plant.
Black Cumin History
Thanks to its powerful medicinal properties, Black cumin has been used for thousands of years as a remedy and cure, but also as a food condiment.
The ancient Egyptians used Black seed – in fact, Black cumin seeds were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb – that’s how much this plant was revered in the past.
The ancient Greeks also used Black seed – among other things, they treated headaches and toothaches with it.
In the past, Black cumin was regarded as a panacea and even Mohammed said that Black seed cures everything but death.
What the Studies Say
There have been more than 200 studies looking at the health benefits of Black cumin, and each and every one has found that this seed has some extraordinary properties. Thanks to its phytochemicals – Thymol, Thymohydroquinone and Thymoquinone – Black cumin has about 20 pharmacological actions. Here, we’ll mention just some of them.
Studies have found that Black cumin has anti-cancer properties and is effective against:
- breast cancer,
- prostate cancer,
- colon cancer,
- kidney cancer,
- liver cancer,
- skin cancer,
Helps Control Diabetes
Thanks to a high amount of antioxidants that Black cumin contains as well as its unique phytochemical content, this plant is perfect for controlling Type 2 diabetes. Studies have found that 2 g of Black cumin a day reduces blood glucose, decreases insulin resistance and increases the efficiency of beta-cell function in the pancreas.
Fights Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Thymoquinone, a phytochemical found in Black cumin, is used in many acetylcholinesterase inhibitor drugs. These drugs are effective against Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other neurogenerative conditions.
Antibacterial and Antifungal
Today, when antibiotic resistance is only growing, Black cumin is proven to be effective against many bacteria and fungi. In fact, this seed oil is even effective against superbugs such as MRSA, which are plaguing hospitals everywhere.
Other Benefits and Uses
Black cumin has many different health benefits and beauty uses, including:
- Heart health,
- Blood pressure,
- Liver health,
- Weight loss,
- Skin health,
- Hair health.