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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil!

The seeds of the Nigella Sativa or Fennel flower are often referred to as black seeds, which is more of a description than an actual name. This seed has been called many things such as:

  • Black sesame
  • Reman coriander
  • Black caraway
  • Onion seed

Its wide variety of names comes from its common use as a spice.[1] The furthest anyone has dated the history of the use of black seeds is the time of Ancient Egypt. It’s been reported that these seeds have been found at several sites from Ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamen’s tomb.[2] Today, these seeds are still used as a spice for culinary purposes as well as for their unique health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil


1-  Liver health

The role the liver plays in the human body is crucial. It processes nearly all of the toxins in our body and bile from the liver helps us digest fats. Black seed oil has even been shown to help reduce damage to the liver caused by health conditions, side effects of medication, and even alcohol. [3] Maintaining a healthy liver is a crucial factor in living a long life because it works as kind of a filtration system inside the body.

2-  Weight loss

Black seed oil’s reported weight loss effect is mainly attributed to its potential blood-sugar lowering effects. In theory, substances that work to keep your blood sugar balanced can assist in weight loss because they help to curb the craving for carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are primarily what the body will use to make fat. If the craving for carbohydrates is lower, then less will be consumed and the body can burn fat.[4]

3-  Skin

Black seed oil has major health benefits for the skin. It can help to cure and heal many different conditions. Aside from being used orally for thousands of years, it has also been used topically. It’s been known to beautify and improve the quality of a person’s skin. It has been rumored that the famous Cleopatra’s beauty can be partly attributed to her use of black seed oil. This oil is full of rich components such as Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium, and Vitamins A, B, and C. Black seed oil has been found to improve common skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and fungal infections. Most itchy, red, and inflamed skin infections can be improved with the use of black seed oil. This is because black seed oil is recognized to regulate the body’s immune cells. Finally, this oil has emollient properties which provide many nutritive factors for the skin keeping it healthy long term.[5][6][7]

4-  Cancer

Two substances found in black seed oil (thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone) have been linked to decreasing tumor cells in the body by Croatian scientists. A study was done on mice showing that these 2 substances decreased tumor cells by up to 52%. [8] Being rich in these two chemicals black seed oil helps to fight and prevent cancer.

5-  Diabetes

Researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research explain that black seed oil “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increases the lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose.” This is a big deal because it means black seed oil has the potential to help both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.[9] This oil improves glucose tolerance while maintaining very low toxicity and no shown significant adverse effects.

6-  Infections

Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is a type of staph infection that has been a major problem plaguing nursing homes and hospitals all over the world. Many of these infections are becoming resistant to our generic antibiotics. This makes it more difficult for us to prevent or fight these kind of conditions. Elderly people and others in hospitals are more prone to this kind of infection because of their already weakened immune systems. Fortunately, black seed oil has an adaptogenic effect on the body and helps to regulate the body’s immune system essentially teaching it how to behave correctly.

black seed oil bottle

How to buy quality black seed oil

Of course with today’s extremely large variety of products on the shelf it can be difficult to find a quality product. There are a few things to look for when purchasing something like black seed oil. As for most oils, too much heat during the processing it goes through can damage the fats and make it lower quality. I would suggest trying to find a black seed oil that is “cold-pressed”. This basically means that the company is aware of the damaging effect heat can have on the fats and that they process it correctly for a higher quality end product.[10]

Whether or not you have any of the conditions mentioned above, black seed oil can boost your health and help assist you in making sure that you continue to prevent many of these undesirable conditions.



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[4] “black seed: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings …” 2012. 13 Nov. 2015 <>

[5] “The Skin Healing Properties of Black Seed Oil – GreenMedInfo.” 2014. 13 Nov. 2015 <>

[6] “7 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits & Cures – Dr. Axe.” 2014. 13 Nov. 2015 <>

[7] “black seed: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings …” 2012. 13 Nov. 2015 <>

[8] Ivankovic, S. “The antitumor activity of thymoquinone and …” 2006. <>

[9] Mathur, ML. “Antidiabetic Properties of a Spice Plant Nigella sativa …” 2011. <>

[10] “Amazing Herbs Black Seed Cold-Pressed Oil – 32oz.” 2012. 13 Nov. 2015 <>

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Ross Johnson is a movement/health coach living in Boulder, Co. His passion is fueled by a love for adventure sports, healthy food, and personal growth. After taking control of his own health and body, Ross helps others by educating them on ways to improve their own lifestyle.


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