12 Health Benefits Of This Little Black Seed (We Are Crazy About #8!)

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This little black seed we are going to talk about in this article shouldn’t be confused with any other seed. We are talking about nigella sativa, commonly referred to as simply black seed. However, some people call them black caraway, Roman coriander (not plain coriander), onion seeds, or even kalonji. Occasionally people confuse black seed with chia seeds, cumin seeds or cilantro seeds.  When you go to purchase black seeds — and we are certain that you will after reading this article — be sure that you are getting nigella sativa!

Black seed has a bitter, peppery flavor and smells something like oregano. These are commonly used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Besides cooking, however, these seeds have been used since ancient times to heal the body with virtually no side effects. Black seeds have anti-ulcer, carminative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antispasmodic compounds. All of that, packed into one tiny little black seed! It’s almost like Mother Nature designed her own fix-it-all pill.

The health benefits in black seeds come from three main compounds: Thymol, thymohydroquinone (THQ), and thymoquinone (TQ).  Black seeds also have fiber, iron, calcium, protein, carbs, and potassium, and healthy fats. Hippocrates has called these seeds “the cure for everything but death.” He might have been on the right track, as these tiny seeds have health benefits that we are only just beginning to really understand.

Keep reading and find out the top 12 research-backed reasons you should be eating more black seeds.


1. Parkinson’s Disease

In a study published in Neuroscience Letters, an extract from black seeds, thymoquinone, was shown to protect the neurons in the brain from toxicity associated with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.


2. Post-Surgical Scar Prevention

If you have ever had surgery of any kind, you know that the scars it can leave behind are terrible. Black seed has been found to protect skin surfaces from the typical scarring or adhesion formation that occurs after surgery.


3.  Helps with Hypertension

Black sees have been shown to have an anti-hypertensive effect, according to a 2008 study published in the Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology Journal. Daily use of black seed extract over the two month study period had significant blood pressure lowering effects for those subjects who had mildly high blood pressure.  This might be due to the seeds’ ability to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and improve overall heart health. To reduce hypertension, ask your doctor if 100 to 200 g of black seed extract twice a day might be right for you. Never stop taking your regular medication or take any supplement without consulting your doctor.

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