Known as the miracle seed in ancient wisdom traditions and used by rural people since time immemorial as a natural cure for several diseases and health conditions, black seed (Nigella sativa) oil or black cumin seed oil contains the essential ingredient thymoquinone which has been a focal point of research in the in recent times. Even though the mainstream medical community is not actively using this remedy for cancers, it has shown positive results in various trials and experiments conducted over the years.
Black Seeds have been used Medicinally for Thousands of Years
In two separate studies conducted in 2011, Chinese  and Saudi Arabian researchers  reviewed scientific literature for the usage of black seed oil with cancer. They were able to reconfirm the anti-cancer properties of this safe and natural seed oil and how it has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. The oil and the extracted active ingredient thymoquinone are both effective against many diseases like cancer, asthma, kidney disease, cardiovascular complications, diabetes, etc. It’s a safe and effective agent against cancer in the lungs, kidneys, blood system, liver, prostate, cervix, breast and skin.
Let’s take a brief look at the various types of cancers that black seed oil might have a cure for.
In a 2013 experiment conducted in Malaysia, human breast cancer cells were exposed to thymoquinone. The test concluded that the amount of thymoquinone administered was positively correlated to the cancer inhibition showed in the cells. A 2013 study, conducted in Malaysia, addressed the anti-cancer properties of thymoquinone when the researchers used it for long-term treatment of human breast cancer cell lines in a laboratory. With long-term treatment, Thymoquinone showed a sustained ability to inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation. The length of inhibition was directly correlated to the thymoquinone dose. Larger doses produced increased inhibition. 
Black seeds kill Leukemia cells
In another segment of the same experiment in the same year, researchers found that the treatment of leukemia cells with thymoquinone encouraged apoptosis which resulted in cell death. These test results indicate that thymoquinone, the active ingredient in black seeds, could be a supportive agent for the treatment of leukemia. 
A 2007 study by the University of Mississippi Medical Centre showed that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (found in green tea) and thymoquinone (found in black cumin seeds) had a great potential of deterring and killing cancer cells. Since 5-fluorouracil for chemotherapy has side effects that the patient is often too weak to survive, alternative methods using thymoquinone and green tea catechin have been encouraged. 
A 2012 Indian research  found out that thymoquinone is also effective on liver cancer cells in rats. The decrease in the size of the tumours in the rats that were given thymoquinone and the opposite effect in the control group proved the proliferative effect of thymoquinone on liver cancer cells. A 2012 Egyptian study had similar findings for the effect of thymoquinone on tumour cells in the liver. 
A 2014 Saudi Arabia research showed anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil on cancer cells. Both black seed oil and black seeds itself had proved to alter the cellular morphology of live cancer cells, reducing their activity. 
A 2013 Ohio research  looked into the primary ingredient of black seeds to find an alternate treatment for glioblastoma in humans. Since thymoquinone has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, this bioactive compound was introduced to glioblastoma cells in the brain and spinal cord. The compound was seen to inhibit autophagy in the cancer cells without affecting the normal cells, due to its cytotoxic properties. 
Similar studies have been done on stomach cancer, bone cancer, and bladder cancer. The results have shown a consistently positive effect of thymoquinone in every case. Official human trials are not yet being conducted in most of these cases.
However, we can prevent chances of cancer by ingesting black cumin seeds or black seed oil in various natural ways. Visit www.naturments.com for organic, non-gmo black seed oil and black seeds for your natural cancer or disease prevention venture.
Other benefits of black seeds
While the cancer inhibiting effect of black seed is still not being taken seriously by the mainstream medical community despite the various studies cited in this article, more conclusive evidence has been found in the case of obesity, inflammatory pain, digestive problems, diabetes, arthritis, and allergic reactions. Then there are those in rural communities who choose not to look at specifics or particulars of black seed but swear by the incredible impact it has on the overall immunity and holistic health of an individual.
How to consume black seed
While the simplest way would be to sprinkle black seed on your dishes while cooking, the more effective way would be to consume it in combination with honey. Just a few drops in a tablespoon of honey is enough. Do not overdo it. For more details on the do’s and don’ts regarding black seed oil consumption, its application and methods of use, visit www.naturments.com/ebooks/ and download our free ebook.
For instance, stomach problems or digestion issues can be cured by having a teaspoonful of black seeds in a cup of yogurt. You can rub virgin black seed oil on your head and muscles for anti-inflammatory actions. A teaspoon of blackseed oil mixed with a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon will greatly help in weight loss. Several more methods are detailed in the above-mentioned ebook.
Whenever you are using black seeds in any form, remember these crucial points:
- If you are using Kalonji essential oil, make sure you follow the guidelines and add no more than the recommended amount to your massage oil. Essential oils are highly potent and can cause allergies and rashes if used in a high concentration.
- Black seed oil is not for use during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before consumption.
- If you are diabetic, use black seeds or black seed oil only after consulting your doctor.
Black seed oil and black seeds have innumerable health benefits. If you are not diabetic or pregnant, make it a part of your daily diet in some form or the other. However, one must take care not to consume more than the recommended dosage. Just 2 grams of black seeds or two teaspoons of blackseed oil consumed daily is enough to keep you healthy and free from a plethora of health conditions while boosting your overall immunity holistically.
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Author: Hanim Kallangodan
Hanim Kallangodan is a content contributor at Naturments.com
Hanim Kallangodan is a content contributor at Naturments.com