Black Seeds - An Amazing Herb
From the past many years' black seed oil has become a herbal oil which provides infinite health benefits. The use of black seeds in the oil is a traditional remedy from the past many years (approximately 2000 years).
Black seed, also known as Nigella Sativa belongs to the family Ranunculaceae and it is considered to be a medicinal herb that is commonly used for the treatment of various health problems that are associated with the respiratory system, immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and overall general health.
Generally, black seeds are used as a spice and carminative, but it also possesses various properties that have positive effects towards the health of a person such as liver tonics, diuretics, digestive, appetite stimulant, anti-bacterial and many other. The black seed oil contains many active ingredients that have a positive impact on the treatment and prevention of different health problems such as flavonoids, fatty acid, alkaloids, and thymoquinone. Thymoquinone is one active medical ingredient which is present in abundance. Apart from the active medical ingredients, three primary nutrients that make black seeds as an herbal seed include:
- Amino acids - There are two types of amino acids - 9 essential amino acids and 11 non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are those acids that cannot be naturally produced by the body and non-essential amino acids are acids that can be produced by the body naturally. Black seeds contain 9 essential amino acids, providing all the required amino acids by the body.
- Fatty acids - There are different types of fatty acids, some are healthy and some are unhealthy. Black seeds provide the body with many healthy fatty acids which prevent the occurrence of various health problems such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acid (omega 3 fatty acid, omega 6 fatty acid, and omega 7 fatty acid).
- Vitamins - Vitamins plays an important part in the healthy life and lack of vitamins can cause problems with the functioning of various systems in the body, Black seeds contain many important vitamins such as vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.
The blacks seeds have a positive impact on the treatment of various health conditions and here is the list of some of the conditions that can be improved with the help of black seeds:
Asthma is one of the most common respiratory disorder which affect the airways of the lungs. It is a chronic disorder which is characterized by the reduction in the flow of air which makes it difficult for the air to get in and out of the lungs. The reduction in the air flow occurs when the airways lining the lungs become inflamed and swollen. Also, there is an excess production of mucus in the airways and muscles that make the airways narrow.
The airways of asthma patient are hyper-responsiveness which means that the muscles that encircle airways respond more quickly to small allergens and irritants. The black seed is a proven remedy for asthma patients. Evidence suggests that the boiled water extracts of black seeds contain anti-asthmatic effect on the airways. It is believed that thymoquinone which is the active medical ingredient is the main preventive constituent for asthma patients.
2. Cardiovascular disease
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease is extremely high throughout the world. In fact, cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death. There are various cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis is one of the common ones, usually resulting from high blood cholesterol and high blood glucose level. Atherosclerosis is a condition which occurs when there is build up of plaque in the walls of the arteries which affects the flow of oxygen rich blood to the heart muscles. Oxygen rich blood is important for the normal functioning of the heart.
Black seeds significantly reduce the risk of suffering from atherosclerosis. It has a positive impact on causative risk factors of atherosclerosis. It reduces the level of bad cholesterol from the blood and increases the level of good cholesterol to fulfill the need for cholesterol in the body. Also, it improves insulin sensitivity in the body which lowers the blood glucose level.
Psoriasis is a serious skin disorder which is characterized by dry, inflammatory, and ugly. It leads to the occurrence of itchy and painful patches on the skin and causes the buildup of dead skin cells. Psoriasis can affect any site of the body, but commonly it is caused on the sites like scalp, palm, finger tips, toes, genitals, elbow, and knees. Psoriasis is of many different types such as chronic plaque psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and guttate psoriasis.
The extracts of black seeds contain many properties, and one of them is an antipsoriatic activity which helps to treat the skin problem. Psoriasis is considered to be an autoimmune disease, the extracts work towards boosting the immune system and prevents the complication associated with psoriasis. It also improves the symptoms of this disease.
4. Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia. It is a mental disorder which significantly affects the ability of an individual to use the cognitive system normally. It affects the brain and causes symptoms like problems with thinking and memorizing. It affects the nerve cells in the brain that are responsible for various jobs including memorizing, smelling, hearing, and learning. Alzheimer’s disease leads to the abnormal functioning of these cells, resulting in problems with all these functions.
Many times, Alzheimer’s disease occurs due to a lack of nutrition in the body. Black seeds prevent and treats Alzheimer's disease by providing the ideal nutritional supplement. This nutritional supplement prevents or slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
In the past few years, cancer has become one of the leading causes of death. It is a life threatening which significantly reduces the quality of life of the sufferer and their caregivers. Cancer is a disease which occurs due to the abnormal growth of cells. Normally, the cells in the body grow and are replaced when they become old or damaged. But cancerous cells are not replaced by the new and healthy cells, instead, it keeps on growing and leads to the development of cancer.
Black seeds are known to have the capability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It is strongly believed that black seeds prevent and inhibits the development and metastasis of neoplastic cells that are associated with cancer. Black seeds are known to be effective against many different types of cancer such as brain, breast, colon, and cervical. Not only this, but black seeds are also known to improve the side effects of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy has its own side effects that affect the quality of life of a person, and black seeds can be beneficial in reducing the effects of chemotherapy on the body.