Often referred to as black cumin, black sesame, onion seed, black caraway, and Roman coriander, it is today primarily known as black seed. According to a research available on GreenMedInfo.com on black seed, it expresses more than 20 different pharmacological actions. They are as follows:
- Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
- Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
- Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
- Insulin Sensitizing
- Interferon Inducer
- Leukotriene Antagonist
- Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
Black Seed Research
Black seed has been researched for very specific health conditions. Some of the most fascinating uses include:
- Type 2 Diabetes
Only 2 grams of black seed daily led to reduced fasting glucose, increased beta-cell function, reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and decreased insulin resistance in human subjects.
- Helicobacter Pylori Infection
Black seed has clinically beneficial anti-H. pylori activity, comparable to triple eradication therapy.
Black seeds have anticonvulsive properties. According to a 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was refractory to conventional drug treatment, the extract notably reduced seizure activity.
- High Blood Pressure
Regular use of 100-200 mg of black seed extract, two times a day, for two months, was found to have blood pressure-lowering effect in those suffering from mild hypertension.
Thymoquinone, one of the key active compounds within Nigella sativa (black cumin), is far superior to the drug fluticasone. Another study discovered that boiled water extracts of black seed have a quite powerful antiasthmatic effect on asthmatic airways.
- Acute tonsillopharyngitis
This condition is characterized by tonsil or pharyngeal inflammation (i.e. a sore throat). It has been scientifically shown that black seed capsules (in combination with Phyllanthus niruri) relieve throat pain and reduce the need for conventional pain-killers.
- Chemical Weapons Injury
A placebo-controlled human study of chemical weapons discovered that boiled water extracts of black seed significantly reduced respiratory symptoms, pulmonary function, chest wheezing, and reduced need for drug treatment.
- Colon Cancer
It has been scientifically shown that black seed extract works similarly to the chemo agent 5-fluorouracil in the suppression of colon cancer growth. Animal research has found that black seed oil has a positive effect on colon cancer rates without the common side effects.
- Opiate Addiction/Withdrawal
According to a study on 35 opiate addicts, black seed served as an effective therapy in long-term treatment of opioid dependence.
A study discovered that black seed expresses potent -bacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.