Some harmful bacteria have already been checked and contained by modern antibiotics; however, bacteria are pesky microscopic creatures that are always evolving into different strains. For this reason, many medical scientists, nowadays, are worried about certain strains of bacteria called “superbugs” that are highly resistant to most known antibiotics. Hence, they are racing against time to discover a panacea that can remedy and neutralize these superbugs. They are now zeroing in on a humble black seed called black cumin, and their studies on black cumin seem to showa lot of promise.
What is Black Cumin?
Black cumin is commonly called “Nigella Sativa,” an annual flowering plant which is native to southwest and south Asia. Its fruits however contain large inflated capsule made up of seven united follicles, and each follicle contains many seeds. These seeds are commonly used as spice.
The use of black cumin dates back to the ancient times. In fact, black cumin seeds had been found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. In Isaiah 28: 25-27, N. sativa was mentioned. Moreover, N. sativa seeds were also found in some Hittite flasks in Turkey, attesting to the fact that N. sativa was a traditional condiment in the ancient times.
The oil of N. sativa contains thymoquinone, conjugated linoleic acid, dithymoquinone, melanthin, transanethole, and nigiline. However, it is the substance“thymoquinone” of the N. sativa that is really piquing the interest of many medical scientists, because thymoquinone shows awesome potency against superbugs.
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What is Thymoquinone?
Thymoquinone (TQ) is an active phytochemical of black cumin seeds. Medical researchers have long been investigating TQ since 1960s for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. Recent studies however have shown that TQ is effective in treating diabetes, asthma, encephalomyelitis, and cancer. Moreover, it functions as a free radical and helps free the body of toxins. TQ also works together with S-transferaseand Glutathione peroxidase in protecting organs like liver from the effects of toxins. There are many benefits associated with the intake of black cumin seeds oil and some of these benefits include the following.
- First, it is very effective in regulating the amount of sugar in the blood, and it reduces fasting glucose. It also decreases the insulin resistance of body cells. It also reduces glycosylated hemoglobin, and it increases the function of the beta-cells. Two grams of black cumin seeds, if taken daily, help in lowering high blood glucose in type II diabetes.
- Second, Black seeds are known traditionally to contain anticonvulsive properties. Studies conducted on children have shown that a certain liquid extract of black seed can significantly reduce epileptic seizures.
- Black cumin extract, when taken twice daily, can regulate blood pressure. Hence, if you take around 100 mg to 200 mg of this extract, you can effectively regulate your blood pressure.
- Studies on colon cancer patients have also shown that the suppressing effect of the intake of black seed extract is comparable to the suppressing effect of chemoagent 5-fluoruracil on colon cancer growth. Studies on animals with cancers also manifest significant inhibitory effects on cancerous cells.
- Thymoquinone is also very effective in limiting and curing asthmatic attack. Studies have shown that it is found to have superior effect than the effect of fluticasone. TQ is also found to be potent as an antihistamine.
- Black seed is also found to possess substances that manifest useful anti-H. pylori activity. Hence, as compared to triple eradication therapy, it is far effective in treating helicobacter pylori infection.
- It is also effective in treating acute tonsillitis and pharyngitis. When taken together with Phyllantusniruri, it can alleviate tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
- Moreover, black seed extracts are found to reduce respiratory symptoms and other pulmonary symptoms.
- It also manifests antibacterial properties, especially, against staphylococcus aureus resistant to Methicillin.
- Lastly, it also effective in treating opiate addiction and in alleviating opiate withdrawal syndromes.
The medical studies on the effectiveness of black cumin seed extract have shown a lot of promises in remedying many types of maladies. Although further studies are necessary to scientifically bolster its effectiveness, black cumin will definitely remain as one of the most effective natural remedies against the abovementioned diseases.