How Healthy is Black Seed Oil – Vigorous Herbs
Black seed oil (Omega Rich) is said to relieve allergies and lower cholesterol. How healthy is it actually. And: could it help against the corona virus?
Black seed oil (Omega Rich) against corona – study
Thymoquinone or thymoquinone, an important component of black seed oil, could have the potential to be used preventively against infection with the coronavirus or even as a support for COVID-19 disease. The substance in the oil also has an antiviral effect. In a recent literature study, Dr. Andrei P. Sommer from the Institute for Micro- and Nanomaterials at the University of Ulm, chemist Horst-Dieter Försterling and urologist Kurt G. Naber compared the effects of thymoquinone with the malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. The active ingredient from black seed oil is superior to the other two active ingredients in terms of its antiviral effect, the scientists write. And don’t have their side effects either. The reason for the investigation: Andrei P. Sommer treated his COVID-19 disease with black seed oil in February 2020.
The scientists suggested further clinical studies and hope that nanomedicine will develop carrier substances with the help of which thymoquinone could reach the affected organs directly.
What is black seed oil
The oil is obtained from the seeds of the real black cumin, the name of the plant family is “Nigella sativa”. The real black cumin originally comes from Asia, but you can also grow it here. Incidentally, black cumin is neither related to our caraway nor to cumin, rather it belongs to the buttercup family.
Black cumin as a spice
The small seeds of black cumin from flatbreads or from oriental dishes are known as spices. They look a bit like sesame in black and the taste is a bit reminiscent of cumin.
Black cumin as a natural remedy
In the Orient, black seed oil has been a traditional remedy for thousands of years, which is supposed to strengthen the immune system and is used against digestive complaints. It is also used there as a home remedy for skin and hair care, taken internally and also used externally.
The fact is that black seed oil contains high levels of healthy, unsaturated fatty acids. And a high content of various secondary plant substances, such as saponins, tannins, and essential oils, above all thymoquinone, which has an antibacterial and germicidal effect. The anti-inflammatory effect of thymoquinone was proven in 1995 by researchers at King’s College in London.
“Studies in patients with bronchial asthma, hay fever and atopic eczema point to the anti- asthmatic and anti-allergic effects of black cumin”, writes Prof. Dr. Sigrun Chrubasik-Hausmann, University Clinic Freiburg, in an overview of the study situation on black cumin.
Black seed oil also appears to have beneficial effects on blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The intake of black seed oil can also be helpful with gastrointestinal complaints. However, some of the studies have so far been carried out with a small number of test persons over a short period of time.
Buy black seed oil as an edible oil
If you want to buy black seed oil, you should make sure that it is cold-pressed. “Black seed oil is very sensitive. It lasts a maximum of three months,” says Daniela Krehl, nutritionist at the Bavarian Consumer Center. Her tip for buying oil: “You can only tell that a vegetable oil is ‘cold-pressed’ by the fact that it is written on the bottle. If this is missing, you can assume that the oil has been heated.” Black seed oil is expensive as a cold-pressed variant. You can get it in health food stores or organic markets, sometimes in well-stocked supermarkets.
Black seed oil in the kitchen
The oil has its very own, intense taste – it tastes like the seeds of the plant, slightly hot, a bit bitter, and peppery. So incorporating black seed oil into your daily diet will not be easy for everyone. If you are only looking for particularly healthy vegetable oil with a high number of unsaturated fatty acids, you can also use linseed oil or walnut oil, says Daniela Krehl.
Black seed oil for dogs – protection against ticks
Ticks don’t like the blood that smells like black seed oil. This was found out in 2014 by the Regensburg high school student Alexander Betz. He himself took black seed oil against his allergies and also mixed it in his dog Filou’s food. Since then, neither of them has been bitten by ticks on their walks. In a series of tests, he was able to prove that ticks avoid blood that was mixed with black cumin oil. He presented his results at the Bavarian state competition organized by “Jugend forscht” and received a prize for his research.
Many dog owners swear by black seed oil for coat care and allergies. Horses are also treated with black cumin oil in veterinary medicine, and an oil mixture with black cumin oil is often rubbed into the fur as protection against parasites. Read More