Black seed oil has a long history both medicinally and spiritually dating back 3000 years ago. This powerful seed and the oil it contains has been used and spoken about from Hippocrates to Cleopatra and has also been referenced in some of the oldest herbal books in history, as well as, the Bible. Black seed oil was also found in Tutankhamen’s tomb because it was believed to be important in the afterlife. When the tomb was resumed there were seeds found in the tomb preserved in honey and it was said to still be edible. This powerful seed not only has the history but the modern science to back it up.
Black seed is a member of the buttercup family and its seeds are dark, thin, and crescent shaped with approximately 100 chemical constituents present (some have not been identified yet). One of the constituents that has been studied by modern science as a major player in this food is thymoquinone. Some of the other identified constituents are beta sitosterol, myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous. Since 1959, black has been the subject of more than 200 different studies at universities and laboratories.
The compounds in black seed are a unique mixture that may have multiple supportive effects. Antioxidants which may support the body’s ability to reduce oxidation, support antioxidant systems on a cellular level and possibly prevent damage caused by free radicals. Compounds that may support the body’s ability to have a healthy inflammation response. It may do this in 3 possible ways. First, by possibly aiding in the suppression of NF-KappaB which is a master regulator of inflammation by preventing inflammation pathways from becoming over stimulated. Next, it may possibly support the inhibition of a variety of enzymatic systems that produce leukotrienes and prostaglandins like 5-LOX and COX1. Finally it may possibly support the reduction of a precursor of molecular inflammation called 5-HETE. Black seed oil may have a possible direct effect on the body’s ability to have a healthy immune response by inciting an acute inflammatory response to infection.
It has been said that if you nourish what is on the inside it will show on the outside as well. It is believed that Cleopatra’s beauty came from the use of this powerful seed oil. Rich in nourishing compounds, vitamins and minerals necessary for the possible repair and recovery of one’s hair, skin and nails. Science has said that many of today’s skin issues have a direct connection to autoimmune issues. Much of the science with black seed oil and skin health goes back to its ability to support the body in having a healthy inflammation and immune system response. This may be one of the links that puts it all together. Another possible connection is the very impressive essential fatty acid profile having 26 different fatty acids present with majority being the following: 8.51% palmitic acid, linoleic acid 42.76%, oleic acid 15.59%, epa 5.98%, dha 2.97% and eicosatrienoic acid 4.71%.
Here are a couple of interesting study results using black seed oil for a variety of different issues, yet, all related to the body’s inflammation response. In one human study, 40 women with rheumatoid arthritis had a one month washout period where they took a placebo twice daily. This was followed up with one month of using 500mgs twice daily of the black seed oil. The study used a standard 28 point scale to assess their results which showed improvement across the board. A total of 42.5% of the patients showed overall reduction in symptoms. Another study showed that animals that were supplemented showed improvement in both the lowering of LDL and raising of HDL levels.
Due to the variety of ways this food may support human health and the impressive body of science and history backing it up, we would not be surprised if you see much more to come from this powerful superfood. We strongly encourage you to make this an everyday staple in your life.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Black Seed Oil may include:
● May support a healthy immune system response
● May support a healthy inflammation response
● May support a healthy antioxidant response
● May support the health of hair, skin, and nails
● May support a healthy histamine and allergy response
● May support healthy digestion
● May support cardiovascular health
● May support healthy response to invading bacterial infection
● May support a variety of different regulatory pathways in the body
● Possible anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties
● Complex fatty acid profile
● Complete body of science and history supporting its ability to nourish the body
Constituents of Black Seeds include:
● Tricyclene, Camphene, β-Pinene, 2,4, nigellone, Dithymoquinone, Sabinene, β-Myrcene, 1,8-Cineole, α-Terpinene, Limonene, γ-Terpinene, cis-Sabinene hydrate, allo-Ocimenol, Linalool, Terpinolene, trans-Sabinene hydrate, Terpinen-1-ol, 1,5,8-p-Menthatriene, Nonane, Borneol, RI, MS, Pinocarvone, trans-Dihydrocarvone, Dihydrocarvone, Ocimenone (E), Thymoquinone, Thymol, Carvacrol, 2-Undecanone, n-Octyl isobutyrate, α-Longipinene, Citronellyl acetate, Thymohydroquinone methyl ether, Cyclosativene, tanethole, α-Longicyclene, 4-terpineol, beta sitosterol, (10)-Thujadiene, myristic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, Oxygenated monoterpenes, Sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, Oxygenated sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes, Alkane, Alkenes, Fatty acids, Fatty acid esters, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous, Epa, Dha, α-Copaene, α-Longifolene, (Z)-Caryophyllene, β-Caryophyllene, Thymohydroquinone dimethylether, RI, MS, Aromadendrene, Thymohydroquinone, Davanone, 8-Heptadecene, Dihydrofarnesyl acetate, Pimaradiene, Palmitic acid, Pimara-8(14),15-diene, Octadecanoic acid, Quinones, Monoterpene
Typical smell and flavor profile: Smoky and earthy flavor.
Common appearance and texture: Black oil.
Suggested Use: For internal use mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) with honey, cold or warm dishes, or pure before meals. For external use apply to dry skin, acne, eczema, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, minor wounds, rashes, bedsores and other minor skin irritations.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic turmeric root powder and piperine extract powder.
Botanical Name: Nigella sativa L.
Other Names: Nigella seed, Great pignut, Kalaunji, upakunchika, nigella, Kalonji, Black cumin seeds, kala jeera, Susavi, Sthulajiraka, Blackseed, Upakunci, Black Cumin, Nigella seed, fennel flower, black caraway, nutmeg flower, black seeds, haba barakah, Roman coriander, Black caraway seeds.
Parts Used: Black Seed (oil only).
Ingredients: Raw Black Seed Oil.
Origin: Grown and cold pressed in India. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Organic Raw Black Seed Oil is USDA Certified Organic and passes our strict quality assurance which typically includes testing for botanical identity, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Raw Organic Black Seed Oil packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable glass bottles for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Organic Raw Black Seed Oil in a cool, dark, dry place.
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