Let us briefly introduce you to Nigella Sativa, Black Cumin, or what most people know as, Black Seed Oil. Nigella Sativa has been used for thousands of years… Some say 3,000 years, other’s say far more, no one truly knows but most can agree that traces of the earliest usage date back to Ancient Egyptian civilizations.
To put that into perspective, people have been using black seed oil medicinally since:
- Far before the Persians conquered Egypt
- A couple hundred years prior to the birth of Aristotle or Alexander the Great
- And nearly 6 centuries Before Christ (bc).
A long standing history indeed, especially for a plant that most of modern society is still unfamiliar with. Does this seem normal? A plant revered so highly by our ancestors for all its healing properties, yet unexperienced by many today?
More recent attention by the medical community has paved the wave for new scientific research around the efficacy of Nigella Sativa and its many powerful compounds which are presumed to impact an array of biological functions such as:
In January 2015 a study was published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology regarding Nigella Sativa, the research group evaluated the therapeutic potential of a liquid extract of Nigella sativa seeds against CCI4 induced liver damage in rats (emulating the characteristics of alcohol induced human liver disease). After only 48 hours, not only did the Nigella Sativa seed extract detoxify the toxicity administered, it also reversed:
- Lipid peroxidation (LPO)
- Serum protein changes
- the decrease of Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT).
** These all being key indicators in blood tests performed to analyze liver damage.
As a result, this scientific experiment helps provide validity to the use of Nigella Sativa Seed (Black Seed Oil) as a Hepatoprotective agent (Hepatoprotective = the ability to prevent damage to the liver). A great step forward in the solidification of science based evidence for a plant that’s been "aiding" us for thousands of years! Check back for more ground breaking research surrounding Nigella Sativa Seed Oil.
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Disclosure: While Kevin Terrero is certified by the NCCPT as a Personal Trainer, this article is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice. If you are in need of medical advice, please seek the appropriate medical counsel.