When it comes to healthy oils we find ourselves focusing on the common ‘more popular’ types of oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and now, the heavily popular MCT oil. Whilst all these oils are amazing and offer great health benefits, they've all had a fair-go marketing campaign behind them.
But amidst all the talk about healthy oils, there is one oil that hasn't really been given attention: Black Seed Oil.
So many people have never even heard of black seed oil before, let alone know anything about it. Yet, it offers so many incredible health benefits that everyone should know about.
So what’s so great about black seed oil? Let’s go over some of the key health benefits that black seed oil has to offer and how this relatively unknown oil is truly nature's secret weapon.
So What is Black Seed Oil?
Black Seed Oil (sometimes referred to Black Coriander Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil or Black Oil) comes from the Nigella Sativa plant that is native to Asia. Technically, the plant is part of the buttercup family and has small, black crescent-shaped seed.
Black seed oil has been used for thousands of years, with accounts of its use going back all the way to ancient Egypt. In fact, some reports claim that Cleopatra herself used black seed oil for beautiful hair and skin. Even the famed Hippocrates used this oil for his digestive ailments.
Over the years there have been hundreds of studies that demonstrate the incredible benefits of black seed oil, so much so that it almost sounds unbelievable! It actually makes one wonder how most people haven’t even heard of it.
Black Seed Oil is Rich in Phytochemicals
The first benefit is that black seed oil is rich in phytochemicals. One of the most notable is thymohydroquinone, which is a natural acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. This means that it stops a certain type of enzyme activity, which essentially then means a certain neurotransmitter has a longer overall action time in the body. In this case, acetylcholine in the brain.
You can also come across synthetic forms of the same thing and these are used to help to treat Alzheimer’s disease, autism, glaucoma, dementia, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease. Black seed oil may in fact work as an alternative, natural treatment for these conditions!
Black Seed Oil Has Anti-Cancer Benefits
Another huge benefit of black seed oil is that it may provide anti-cancer benefits as well. The phytochemicals in this oil help to reduce proliferation of cancer cells, encourage apoptosis (cell death), reduce the degree of metastasis that takes place, and act as anti-angiogensesis.
Research has shown that black seed oil may be beneficial to those who are suffering from colon, prostate, pancreatic, as well as lung cancer1.
Black Seed Oil Promotes Liver Health
Another area where black seed oil shines is with liver health. Keeping your liver in top shape is critical to maintaining good health, given that the primary function of your liver is to detoxify your entire body. Without it, toxic build-up would occur and this could lead to a variety of diseases, not to mention leaving you feeling exhausted all the time.
Those who are dealing with bad liver function may also notice more severe side effects of medication as their body is not able to easily clear the compounds from their bloodstream. Bad liver function can also puts you at a greater risk of developing a fatty liver, especially if you consume alcohol.
Black Seed Oil Reduces the Risk of Diabetes
With diabetes on the rise in the western world, it’s vital that you do everything you can to prevent it. Black seed oil is great for this. Those who consume it on a regular basis experience a regeneration of the pancreatic beta cells, an increase in the lowered serum insulin concentrations, and better overall control over their blood glucose levels.
This is quite profound because few substances are able to help those with type 1 diabetes, as this condition is not just a case of blood glucose levels causing the problem but the actual functioning of the pancreas. Black seed oil, with the ability to assist with the regeneration of the pancreatic cells, may help those who are experiencing type 1 diabetes, or at least lessen the severity of their condition.
Additionally, those who use black seed oil notice that it really goes a long way towards helping to control their overall glucose levels, providing as many benefits as those who are using metformin but without the unwanted side effects that are often seen with this medication. Metformin is the most widely prescribed diabetes medication but can lead to unwanted side effects including bloating, constipation, gas, heartburn, headaches, muscle pain, stomach discomfort, as well as bowel irregularities.
Anything you can do towards taking a more natural approach is always going to be a better option.
Black Seed Oil Enhances Weight Loss Results
Did you know that black seed oil may actually help with weight loss? If you’re on a diet and you find that you simply aren’t seeing results, you may want to consider adding black seed oil to your diet.
Black seed oil has been shown to assist with reducing your appetite level, therefore making it easier to consume a reduced calorie diet. It also helps improve glucose absorption in the intestine, which in turn enhances liver gluconeogenesis. As a result, your body will have better control over your blood glucose levels. This also allows you to get a handle on your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
All in all, it can simply make the process of losing weight that much easier and make you feel much healthier at the same time. Most people who are overweight may also suffer from heart health-related issues, so consuming black seed oil will help you tend to both of these problems at the same time.
Black Seed Oil Prevents Of Hair Loss
Finally, if you are someone who is experiencing hair loss, you may want to consider using black seed oil as a treatment. It has been shown to help strengthen the hair follicles, which means less hair falling out and therefore less thinning. In a world where most people are noticing more and more hair loss, this can be a very appreciated benefit.
So there you have it, there are so many different reasons why you should consider adding black seed oil to your daily diet plan. Keep in mind that there are many more benefits we haven't mentioned, but the few we have should be enough to demonstrate just how incredible this oil is. You don’t need much of it to start seeing results, so pick up a bottle today and start experiencing the benefits of nature's secret weapon.
...and remember, qualified nutritionists at Healthy Being are available to offer further general advice to help guide you in selecting the right products. So please, feel free to contact us at any time!
Dr Peter Succar heads up the Product Research Team at Healthy Being and is an enthusiastic Health & Fitness Lifestyle Coach. He's passionate about helping others obtain optimum health, advocating realistic and achievable changes in diets and lifestyles that promote the body’s natural immunity, its ability to self-heal and achieve overall mental and physical well-being.