What is Black seed.
For those of us who are tired of going to the Doctors to get a prescription that we do not understand and does not actually help us black seed oil could well be the answer.
Black cumin seed oil is so highly revered from the Holy Prophet (SWS) "Hold on to the use of the black seed for indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death." This may seem a bit much for those who are not familiar with the Holy Prophet. However taditional use has a huge list of remedies ad now scientific research is begining to recognise black seed as the most important herb known to mankind.
When we look at the incredible amount of healing components that are crammed into this tiny herb, we recognise a huge gift from nature sent for our optimum health.
Black Seed oil contains over 100 components which work together synergetically. When we include this healing product in our every day diet we are supplied with an endless list of components that are required for vitality and good health. 20% protein, 35% carbohydrates, 35-45% vegetable oils and fats, Omega 3 and Omega 6, essential oil 0.5-1.5%, trace elements and enzymes.
Fatty acid analysis of the extracted oil:-
56% linoleic acid,
24.6% oleic acid,
12% palmitic acid,
3% stearic acid,
2.5% eicosadienoic acid,
0.7% linolenic acid,
0.16% myristic acid.
Omega 6 and 3
For a perfect balance in the body the omega 6 and omega 3 should be in a ratio of 3:1 respectively. While black seed does not maintain this ratio it has the same desired effect of creating the production of Prostoglandin E1. Studies have determined this is probably brought about by the component thymoquinone.
Thymoquinoneis an antioxidant, which inhibits the formation of undesirable prostoglandins, is anti-inflammatory and has a pain killing effect. It has a choleretic effect (stimulates the production of bile) and is good for fat metabolism and detoxification.
Has a bronchodilating effect, is protective against asthma attacks.
It has been reported that it inhibits the secretion of histamines and could be a true alternative to cortisone based therapies for certain allergy sufferers.
Thymoquinone is proven to be a natural anti-oxidant, when oxygen isn't broken down completely in the cell membrane, which can be due to alcohol intake, drugs, bad diet and environmental pollution which results in the formation of free radicals.
This can lead to:- cataract, heart disease, weakened immune system, parkinsons disease, rheumatoid arthritis, alzheimers disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer.
Production of Prostaglandin E1
The Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded for research done on prostoglandins in 1982. The fatty acids are up to 50% polyunsaturated and therefore essential for human beings. Blackseed oil can be compared to Borage and Primrose oil for this high essential content yet it has further healing components and is more versatile. It is the essential fatty acids combined with the volatile oil that play the vital role of forming prostoglandin E1 that harmonizes the immune system.
· Has a regulating effect on the brain functions, nerve conduction, and release of transmitter substances and messenger substances.
· Contributes to lowering the blood pressure and vasodilation and prevents the clumping of the
little blood platelets (thrombocytes)
· Regulates the immune system and activates the T-lymphocytes, which are essential for the body's
defense against illness.
· Inhibits allergic processes
· Normalizes inflamed skin
· Has a bronchodilating effect
· Increases hormonal secretion for the thyroid hormone and insulin, for example.
· Regulates the female sexual hormones, above all during the corpous-luteum phase of the
cycle, pregnancy and menopause.
· Has an anti-inflammatory effect by preventing the release of certain enzymes that participate in the creation of inflammations.Prostoglandin E1
has a regulating and harmonizing effect on the immune system. This creates a calming effect when there is an over reaction, as is the case with allergies and asthma, which Blackseed oil's thymoquinone also supports the anti-inflammatory, bronchodilatory, and secretagogic effect of prostoglandinE1.
Similarly,Black Seed oil
also regulates the weakened immune system by increasing its capability of eliminating free radicals, tumours and cancerous cells.
Also bronchodilatory has an antispasmodic and warming effect therefore can treat respiratory disorders such as asthma and whooping cough. Research has also confirmed it has anti- histamine qualities comparable to thymoquinone.
Saponin Melathin (Anti Parasite) has strong cleaning properties and is used as a laxative and for destroying parasites. It is suitable for destroying parasites in infants where most herbal remedies would be too extreme, for example, a common herbal treatment is wormwood, a severe cleansing herb and cannot be used in sensitive applications.
In food it promotes the absorption of nutrients. It increases secretion and is considered mucolytic and expectorant providing liquefication of bronchial secretion and quick removal of bronchial mucous.
It supports the bitter principle nigellin's curative effect on metabolism for stimulating the appetite and as a digestant aid (this is due to the increased secretion of gastric juices). It promotes intestinal cleansing and encourages an overall eliminating action.
Beta-sisterol known for sinking cholesterol level and aids secretion.
Essential oils have the holistic effect by smells triggering release of hormones and messenger substance. Also they are digested directly through the lymphatics clearing any congestion in the lymphatic system, which then leaves it free to perform it's function of purifying the blood (essential during any illness).
Vitamin B2 Is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) One of the B complexes. It plays an important role in helping the body convert carbohydrates and fat into energy. It is essential for normal growth and development and helps to maintain proper functioning of the heart and the nervous and digestive systems.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) Another B complex is essential in the breakdown of fats and protein. It maintains muscle tone along the digestive tract and promotes the health of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver.
Selenium Some studies indicate that mortality (death) from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with higher selenium blood levels or intake.Antioxidant selenium is believed to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent blood clots, to be antiviral, anti-bacterial and inhibit chromozone damage. It is also said to counteract toxins and heavy metals.
Selenium is used for standard external preparations for skin problems to experimental and theoretical applications in nutrition and internal medicine. Naturopaths use selenium supplements to treat asthma, acne, tendinitis, infertility problems in men, and postmenopausal disorders in women.
Some studies indicate that mortality (death) from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with higher selenium blood levels or intake.
B-Carotene B-Carotene is converted by the liver into vitamin A, the vitamin known for its anti-cancer activity.
Arginine which is essential for infant growth.
Fifteen amino acids make up the protein content of the black seed, including nine of the nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesised within our body in sufficient quantities and are thus required from our diet.
The Black Seed is also a source of calcium, iron, sodium, and potassium. Required only in small amounts by the body, these elements' main function is to act as essential cofactors in various enzyme functions.
By taking a spoon of this oil daily we are supplying ourselves with the vitamins and components our body needs to operate at its best.
In this time when the modern farming mehods create depleted value in our foods the value of black seed oil cannot be underestimated.
By Daniel Goodwin ITCT Diploma
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