Skin Health - Research on the anti-inflammatory effects of black seed indicate that it may be helpful in treating psoriasis, eczema and acne. The herb’s antibacterial properties were cited in studies showing black seed to be useful in the treatment of staphylococcal skin infections and also been used to promote the healing of wounds.
Eczema - A small study conducted in 2013 comparing the therapeutic benefits of black seed oil against prescription medicine shows that the oil can reduce the severity of Eczema.
suggests that the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil can help with acne. A study, 58 percent of participants said the treatment as good, while 35 percent felt the results were average .
Hair - Black seed oil can also hydrate hair, soften skin, and act as a moisturiser, although there isn't much scientific evidence to back this.
Antifungal Properties - In studies, black seed extract was found to be significantly effective in inhibiting the growth of Candida albicans. It has also been shown to be effective against other yeasts, molds, and fungi.
Anticancer Properties - Scientists began looking at the effect of black seed on cancer in the 1980s, when patients with advanced cancer who were part of an immunotherapy study that included Nigella sativa seed and other compounds were found to have enhanced natural killer cell activity.
The authors of one metastudy wrote that “there is a wide consensus in cancer research that TQ [thymoquinone] has promising anticancer activities” and concluded that it “may be useful as a dietary supplement to enhance the effects of anticancer drugs.”Other benefits include, diabetes, high blood pressure (please consult your doctor if your are taking any blood pressure medication),
Recent studies have shown that the thymoquinone in black seed oil can influence programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in several types of cancer cell. These include brain cancer
and breast cancer
cells. However, much of the research on the effects of black seed oil on cancer uses cells rather than live humans, so researchers do not yet know how effective the oil may be to treat people with cancer.
- According to an article
in the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, black seed oil may have antidiabetic properties and improve blood sugar levels. Again, this study used animals, so more research is necessary to confirm the effectiveness in humans.
Infertility - A placebo-controlled clinical trial on men with abnormal sperm and infertility has found that black seed oil can improve sperm movement, increase sperm count and semen volume.
Liver and kidney function
- According to a 2013 study
on rats, black seed oil may reduce liver and kidney disease complications and improve the organ structures. Researchers do not know if these effects would also occur in humans
Other conditions for which black seed has been shown to have therapeutic potential include asthma, rheumatism, bronchitis, diabetes, and ulcers and other gastric disorders including inflammatory bowel disease.
Black cumin oil contains powerful antioxidants as well as beneficial B vitamins and acids, it helps to support the immune system.
Black Cumin seed oil is rich in omega 6 and 9, vitamin B1, B2, B3, folic acid and many minerals including iron and calcium. Nigella Sativa seeds are carminative, meaning they aid in digestion and may decrease gas, bloating and stomach pain. For a healthy heart, black cumin is also extremely beneficial due to the rich unsaturated omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and phytosterols. They can help increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls, decrease capillary fragility, prevent blood clots and decrease artery pressure. However it is warned against taking black cumin during pregnancy.