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Nigella Sativa: The Health Benefits of “Black Seed”

Wednesday, March 29th 2023 10:00am 6 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Nigella Sativa, also known as Black Cumin, has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. This plant is native to southwestern Asia and is widely grown in the Middle East, Africa, and other parts of Asia. The seeds of Nigella Sativa have been used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments, including asthma, coughs, fever, headaches, and digestive disorders. In recent years, researchers have investigated the health benefits of Nigella Sativa and have found that this plant has potential therapeutic effects on various health conditions.

Here are some of the health benefits of Nigella Sativa that have been studied:

Antimicrobial properties: Nigella Sativa has been shown to have antimicrobial properties against a range of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that Nigella Sativa oil was effective against several strains of bacteria, including Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Another study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Nigella Sativa oil was effective against several strains of fungi, including Candida albicans.

Anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation is a natural process that helps the body fight infection and heal injuries. However, chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of various diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Nigella Sativa has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that Nigella Sativa reduced inflammation in rats with colitis. Another study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Nigella Sativa reduced inflammation in rats with paw edema.

Antioxidant properties: Nigella Sativa is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that protect the body against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a process that damages cells and contributes to the development of various diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that Nigella Sativa had a high antioxidant capacity and protected cells against oxidative stress.

Anti-cancer properties: Nigella Sativa has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in several studies. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Nigella Sativa inhibited the growth of human breast cancer cells. Another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that Nigella Sativa reduced the growth of human colon cancer cells.

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