In the depths of what is already my second cold of the season, I have been frivolously wandering the internet in search for the next “it” thing in the natural supplement world. You Pretty Birds know that I am always down to try the new wellness trends that come my way, and I try to stay as natural as I can to heal myself back to life. But I must admit that this time, I dove headfirst into heavy over the counter Italian medicine, which is probably how I ended up down the rabbit hole of nighttime google research in the first place. Italian over the counter medication is rather weak and probably terrible for you as compared to what the FDA will allow in the States, but I can’t be messing around; it is my son’s first birthday this weekend and I need to be in tiptop shape.
While researching some new recipes to try at home, I came across an article on the Top Health Food Trends of 2018, in which I discovered that black seed oil is being touted as a miracle food supplement. So in my stuffy-nose, burning-throat, feeling-like-I-am-being-drowned-under-water stupor, I was anxious to learn more.
What is Black Seed Oil?
Also known as Nigella Sativa, Wikipedia tells me that it is a small flowering shrub with purple and white flowers, found predominately in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. This miracle shrub produces fruits that house tiny black seeds. The use of these power seeds is nothing new, but it seems like we are just waking up to its antioxidant properties.
The Top 7 Benefits of Black Seed Oil
Asthma and Allergies
Keyword: anti-inflammatory. Nigella Sativa can remedy symptoms of asthma while also reducing inflammation in our airways.
In an article from the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research outline that the black seed oil “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increases the lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose.” It has shown to be as efficient in improving glucose tolerance as metformin, which is a commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes.
All that bloating, gas and indigestion – black cumin oil combats all that for you. Upset stomach? It also helps relieve stomach pain and cramps.
Fights dangerous infections
There are some pesky superbugs these days causing serious problems for hostpials. Staph infections in the United States have reached a staggering number and the strains have become resistant to generic antibiotics. (Yikes) A study in Pakistan discovered that several strains of MRSA (Metchillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) are sensitive to black seed oil, thus helping slow down or stop all together MRSA from spreading out of control.
This super oil contains antioxidants, beneficial acids and b- vitamins that give our immune system a little pick-me-up by increasing immune function. Unlike other herbs we may take for immune support that require caution for those who have autoimmune disease, black seed oil does not encourage immune reactions against the body’s health tissue.
Skin and hair
Slather this stuff on, because it is said to naturally soften, strengthen and firm skin and also increase hair growth. Its healing effect worked wonders on a study of people suffering from severe hand eczema.
Not to be so repetitive with its anti-inflammatory powers, but the support in weight loss acts similar to diabetes by assisting in glucose absorption in the intestine, and maintaining the blood glucose level. It is also helpful in decreasing the trigger of your appetite.
But just like any seed oil, be careful of how it is extracted, processed or packaged. Try to purchase it organic, no-chemical extraction, and no additives. If you are taking any prescription mediations regularly, please talk to your doctor before substituting or if you have any concerns regarding black seed oil.
Have you tried this yet? Let us know what you think.