Let's be honest, many of us turn to traditional medicine for a myriad of ailments without knowing whether they’ll be effective. We also know we have to take them with spoonfuls of honey …because they tend to be extremely bitter. But don't worry, we’ve got some sweet news for you: the effectiveness of black seed to help treat certain conditions is beginning to get recognised today thanks to modern science and a rapidly growing body of research. We’re now able to confirm what ancient healers already knew!
Black seed (Nigella sativa) is an ancient medicinal plant native to southwest Asia with a long history of use dating back over 2000 years. In fact, it was valued by some of the most prominent ancient physicians, such as Hippocrates (460–375 BCE), Dioscorides (40–90 CE), Galen (129–210 CE) and Avicenna (980-1037 CE). There's even emerging evidence that Queen Cleopatra used black seed as part of her beauty routine!
The Health Benefits
Black seed's main claim to fame is as a "cure-all". The list of benefits is impressive and it is said that black seed is effective in treating over 300 medical conditions. Scientists have found that the secret to its healing properties come from three key compounds: thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, and thymol. It may be hard to believe, but in this article we'll cover the benefits backed by research and clinical trials.
For those trying to lose weight, black seed oil has the potential to be a valuable ally. While no one supplement or ‘magic formula’ can “melt away your belly fat” or “boost your fat burn”, black seed can help to regulate blood sugar levels and help your body maintain healthy weight.
Consuming black seed oil can also help you feel lighter and reduce bloating, by increasing GI motility (moving food through your body) and helping to flush out excess waste.
Coupled with a calorie-deficient diet (i.e. eating less calories than you burn every day), black seed could help support your weight loss journey and make it more manageable in the long run.
There was an 8-week study conducted on the effects of black seed oil in obese women. 90 women ages 25-50 with obesity participated. Out of these subjects, some were given a placebo whilst others took 1 gram of black seed oil per meal for a total of 3 grams per day. All 90 women were put on a low calorie diet.
At the end of the study, it turned out that those in the black seed oil group had lost significantly more weight and waist circumference than those in the placebo group and experienced significant improvements in triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels!
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One double-blinded clinical trial demonstrated that black seed might have the same efficacy as Betamethasone for improving the quality of life and decreasing severity of hand eczema.
Other research suggests that due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, black seed may help in treating a few skin conditions, including acne, general dry skin and psoriasis.
To our surprise, some of our Güzelim customers with skin conditions have even reported improvements to their skin after taking Lush Jelly as a supplement! [link to testimonials]
For all of these benefits without the harmful chemicals found in other beauty products on the market today - it might be time to start incorporating this elixir into your daily beauty routine!
Blood Sugar Levels
Unfortunately for people with type 2 diabetes, blood-sugar levels can remain high long after meals. It can lead to a host of complications, such as kidney disease, eye disease, and stroke.
Coupled with overall good nutrition and exercise, black seed can be a powerful tool for helping people keep their blood-sugar levels in check.
Blood Pressure And Cholesterol
They say that time heals all wounds, but it can't heal an impending heart attack. That's why high blood pressure and high total cholesterol levels are important risk factors when it comes to developing coronary disease.
If you remember, earlier in this article we mentioned a study demonstrating that including black seed in your diet may help you lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
In another study conducted on 70 healthy adults over 8 weeks, participants who ingested black seed saw significant reductions in blood pressure levels, compared with those who took a placebo.
Before you take advantage of this herbal powerhouse for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels, it's always best to consult with a doctor before you begin any new supplementation regimen.
Neuroinflammation is an inflammatory response in the brain that can lead to a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s. From animal research, scientists have found that thymoquinone in black seed may lower your chances of developing these diseases. Its ability to reduce inflammation could be one reason for these effects, but more research is needed before we know anything conclusively.
Other surprising findings have shown that this powerful herb can significantly improve people's memory, attention, and cognition in as little as nine weeks! Now who doesn’t want that!
The benefits of black seed are vast and this article only scratches the surface. In short, it may be a powerful natural remedy that helps improve your skin, manage your weight, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, brain health and more!
If it still sounds too good to be true, why don't you try it out for yourself with Lush Jelly by Güzelim. It uses black seed extract as its main ingredient. Supplemented with a healthy routine, you might be surprised with your results in just a few short weeks!