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10 Health Benefits of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) – Part 1

Elizabeth Renter
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December 10th, 2013
Updated 12/10/2013 at 1:53 am
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black cumin benefits 263x164 10 Health Benefits of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) Part 1You may or may not have heard of Black seed (nigella sativa) before. It goes by many names, including black caraway, Roman coriander, and black cumin, to name a few. But no matter what you call it, these seeds are loaded with health benefits that we are only beginning to understand. From eliminating harmful bacteria to regenerating the body’s cells and tissues, here are 10 awesome research-backed health benefits of black cumin.

Health Benefits of Black Seed

  • 1. Type 2 diabetes - Researchers found that just two grams daily of black seed could result in reduced fasting blood sugar levels, along with decreased insulin resistance, and increased beta-cell function in the pancreas.
  • 2. Epilepsy -  Published in Medical Science Monitor, one study found black seed to be effective at reducing the frequency of seizures in children who resisted conventional treatment. Black seed indeed has anti-convulsive properties.
  • 3. Colon Cancer - In cell studies, black seed has been found to have anti-cancer properties, inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells specifically. In one animal study, the seed was able to fight colon cancer in rats successfully with no observable side effects. The same obviously can’t be said for conventional cancer treatments.
  • 4. MRSA - The deadly and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection known commonly as MRSA responded favorably to treatment with black seed in this study from the University of Health Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 5. Protection Against Heart Attack Damage - An extract from black seed has been shown to possess heart-protective qualities, dampening damages associated with heart attacks and boosting overall heart health.

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  • 7. Brain Cancer - A study published in the online journal PLoS One indicates thymoquinone from black seed can induce cell death in glioblastoma cells. Glioblastoma is one of the most aggressive brain tumors of all.
  • 8. Leukemia - As it’s been shown to do with other types of cancer, black seed compound thymoquinone has also been shown to induce apoptosis in leukemia cells.
  • 10. Oral Cancer - Research indicates thymoquinone from nigella sativa is able to induce cell apoptosis in oral cancer cells.

These ten benefits of nigella sativa are truly only the tip of the iceberg. Mounting evidence indicates this seed is a powerful healer. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this article where we’ll add to the list of benefits. 


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  • RealityCheck

    Real black cumin is actually Bunium bulbocastanum, an entirely different species. In fact, it is an entirely different genus.

    N. Sativa extract is actually toxic and paralytic in large doses. There are a large number of permanent and debilitating side effects caused by extended doses as well. It will poison you, just like chemo, yet is not nearly as effective.

    That said, your sources check out. You would gain greater respect in the medical community by not purposely leaving out the potential side effects.