Black seeds health benefits work for diabetes and many other health problems
Anti Diabetic Properties
Black seeds brings health benefits beyond just lowering blood sugar. Black seeds improve a variety of health conditions that can lead to diabetes. Black seeds effectiveness in combating diabetes addresses the cause of diseases rather than just masking symptoms.
#1 Pancreatic protective activity
Black seeds oil or extract was shown to decrease oxidative stress thus preserving pancreatic β-cell integrity. The amelioration of β-cell structure could be evidenced by an increase of insulin levels in a study using laboratory rats. Oral administration of thymoquinone (most abundant compound in Black seeds) 20 – 80 mg/kg (body weight) for 45 days have been shown to improve glycemic status in induced diabetic rats. In addition, a significant decrease in glucose and HbA (1C) levels were noted. Altered carbohydrate metabolic enzymes were also restored to near normal.
#2 Anti oxidant activity
Thymoquinone has been shown to suppress oxidative stress and renal proliferation of carcinogenesis in lab rats. It is likely that thymoquilone can inhibit oxidative stress caused by oxidized hydrogenated oils, something so common in our present diet. Black seeds when used for 6 weeks prevents oxidative stress in the liver by increasing the activity of enzymes such as myeloperoxidase, glutathione-S-transferase, CAT, adenosine deaminase, myeloperoxidaseand bydecreasing hepatic lipid peroxidation.
#3 Anti-inflammatory activity
#4 Cardiovascular activity
Black seeds extract is a potent cardiovascular protector. It works by reducing systemic inflammation. In a study, laboratory rats were exposed to heavy doses of diesel exhaust particles. This exposure have created lung inflammation and reduced systolic blood pressure. The diesel exhaust intoxication was designed in order to simulate platelets aggregation and cardiovascular impairment. The use of Black seed extract have restore blood pressure to normal levels and reduced leukocytosis which is a hallmark of inflammation, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease.
#5 Kidney protective activity
#6 Hepato protective activity
Black seeds is a small plant that grows up to 20 – 90 cm tall, its leafs are fine and long resembling branches of a miniature tree. The flowers and pods are markedly beautiful with an unusual shape. Its flowers can be white, yellow, pink, pale blue, or pale purple and are strikingly bright.
Common Names: black seeds, fennel flower, nutmeg flower, black caraway, Roman coriander Latin Name: Nigella sativa
About this plant
The pods are shaped like unions or small inflated balloons or capsules changing from green to pale violet. These capsules are divided in 3 – 7 united follicles, each housing numerous seeds. The seeds are small and angular measuring about 2 – 3.5 mm, black externally and white inside with an odor slightly aromatic and bitter taste. Don’t confuse black seeds with black chia seeds; they are different plants.
- Cold pressed seed oil
- oil in softgel
Other Medicinal Properties
- Thymoquinone (30% – 48%)
- p-cymene (7%-15%)
- carvacrol (6%-12%)
- 4-terpineol (2%-7%)
- t-anethol (1%-4%)
- sesquiterpene longifolene (1%-8%)
Black seeds also contain compounds in trace amounts:
- Isoquinoline alkaloids
- pyrazol alkaloids
In addition, black seeds also contain alpha-hederin, a water soluble pentacyclic triterpene and saponin, a potential anticancer agent. Black seeds have been mostly used as an anti-hypertensive, diuretic, anti-diarrheal, liver tonic, appetite stimulant, analgesics, skin disorders, and anti-bacterial. Extensive studies have also concluded that a wide range of pharmacological actions are possible including: anti-diabetic, immunomodulator, antimicrobial, anticancer, anit-inflammatory, spasmolytic, bronchodilator, gastro-protective, and antioxidant. These benefits can be attributed in great part by the therapeutic properties of thymoquinones; a major component of the essential back seed oil.
Precautions and possible interactions
- Don’t use back seeds if you are pregnant, black seeds can slow down or stop uterus contractions. There might be some issues with breast feeding as well
- If you have low blood pressure issues you should avoid black seeds as it can lower blood pressure
- Avoid mixing with other medications specially blood thinners such as warfarin, coumadin, and aspirin
- Avoid altogether if you have any bleeding disorder. Black seed can make bleeding disorder worse
- Diabetics should be extra careful when taking black seeds because it will lower blood glucose, so if you are taking glucose lowering drugs, such as metformin, glipizide, or insulin it might lower your blood sugar to dangerous levels
- If you are going to have surgery stop taking black seeds at least two weeks prior to surgery. It might increase the chance of bleeding, it can increase sleepiness, and it might interfere with blood sugar control in anesthesia during and after surgery.
- Partial Regeneration/Proliferation of the beta-Cells in the Islets of Langerhans by ts in Nigella sativa L L.in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats
- Biochemical effects of Nigella sativa L seeds in diabetic rats
- Immunomodulatory and therapeutic properties of the Nigella sativa L. seed
- A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb
- Antibacterial Activity of Thymoquinone and Thymohydroquinone of Nigella sativa L. and Their Interaction with Some Antibiotics
- NEPHROCURATIVE AND NEPHROPROTECTIVE EFFECTS OF NIGELLA SATIVA OIL IN COMBINATION WITH VITAMIN-C IN GENTAMICIN-INDUCED RENAL TOXICITY
- Oxidative stress and diabetic complications
- Blood Glucose Lowering Effects of Nigella Sativa L. Seeds Oil in Healthy Volunteers: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial
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