If we look at the hundreds of scientific peer-reviewed articles published on the benefits of this black seed oil, one fact is clear - cumin helps the body overcome numerous health problems. It is therefore not surprising that this promoter of psychophysical well-being has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
With almost no side effects, the healing power of black cumin oil is actually quite amazing, so it's surprising that most people have never even heard of it. The secret is in its fantastic medicinal composition and method of pressing. The oil must be freshly cold-pressed and packed in dark glass bottles, so that its healing essences remain stable and preserved. Black cumin oil is produced from the seeds of the black cumin plant (lat. Nigella sativa) which belongs to the ranunculus family (lat. Ranunculaceae). It originates from southwest Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa.
The most promising research conducted indicates the power of black cumin in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria (antibiotics). This is a really big deal because these "superbugs" are becoming a significant risk to public health.
Antimicrobial-resistant strains of bacteria and viruses (including HIV, staph, tuberculosis, influenza, gonorrhea, candida, and malaria) become almost impossible to treat. Between 5% and 10% of all hospital patients develop superbug infections. People infected with superbugs usually spend longer in the hospital, require more complicated treatment, and do not recover well. In such cases, high-quality cold-pressed black cumin oil can help effectively and without any contraindications.
The key to understanding the health benefits of black seed oil lies in the presence of three key natural phytonutrients: thymoquinone (TQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ) and thymol. These amazing phytochemicals lead to enviable benefits necessary for our health.
Cr or cumin and allergies
Allergy and related diseases are some of the most common conditions for which patients seek medical help. Starting at an early age, an allergic attack can manifest itself as a food allergy and progress to eczema. Soon after, patients develop seasonal and year-round allergies, which unfortunately can later lead to asthma. The most effective treatments are those that help reverse the course or prevent the progression of the disease, rather than just removing the symptoms.
It is also important to start such therapies early so that children do not carry the burden of atopic skin conditions and asthma for life. When treating and treating allergies, the goal should always be to reduce the use of antihistamines and steroids. It's not often that a powerful plant like Nigella Sativa attracts the attention of sufferers. Its safety profile is impeccable, and its many pharmacological properties suggest that it could be an ideal addition to anti-allergy protocols.
Numerous studies have shown improvement in allergic disorders with oral intake of black cumin oil. When 15 ml of the oil was administered orally to allergy patients for 30 days, there was a significant reduction in sneezing and itching, hypertrophy and congestion of the nasal concha, and pallor of the mucosa. It has also been shown to cause a decrease in eosinophils in the blood. Many studies used 500 mg (5 ml) of the oil 3 times a day¹ ². It is important to emphasize that black cumin also helps with asthma in children and adults³. Already after 4 weeks of daily use, 2x 5 ml daily dose, asthma symptoms are significantly reduced.
Black cumin in the treatment of other diseases
A Pub Med literature search over the past 5 years has revealed in vitro and in vivo research/trials of black cumin oil on a number of disorders, including:
- Diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia
- Asthma, allergies and eczema
- Milk production in nursing mothers, mastitis and mastalgia
- Improving the quality and production of sperm in infertile men
- Generalized oxidative stress
- Liver damage
- Neuropathic pain
- Mood and anxiety
- Cancer of various types, including cervical, breast, lung, neuroblastoma, colon cancer and leukemia
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Interestingly, the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders published a study that systematically reviewed the literature on medicinal plants that have anti-obesity properties and found that black cumin seed oil is among the most effective natural remedies in the world⁴. Supplementation has been shown to reduce body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. It is also important to note that there were no serious side effects from black cumin supplementation in any of the studies.
What's the catch?
One might think that this "wonder plant" or its cold pressed oil is too good to be true! However, it is truly extremely healing, yet safe to use. In recent years, we have witnessed the sudden popularity of the "superfood" category of food and nutritional supplements, whose plan is to promote the idea that individual foods can have huge, dramatic effects on our health.
Matičnjak, as a producer and processor of medicinal herbs, strictly adheres to proven traditional medicinal herbs, which are proven to systematically help health. Therefore, it very cautiously expands its range, and it is best known for its medicinal cold-pressed black cumin oil. This company witnesses positive feedback from its customers every day, which motivates them even more to persist with their conservative idea and exceptional quality in terms of assortment. What is the catch with black cumin oil that it is not present in every home pharmacy? The answer is - taste. It has an extremely strong, spicy taste, and it is precisely in this taste that all its medicinal properties are hidden. So, whoever can "endure" that strong taste two to three times a day, has done his body and organism a huge service, which he will soon become aware of.
Quality is key with black seed oil
Due to the relatively high price of black cumin seed oil compared to other vegetable oils, there is a risk that part of the oil on the market will be diluted or completely replaced by cheaper oils, such as palm, corn, sunflower or soybean. Also, it is important that the oil is as fresh as possible so that thymoquinone and other components remain preserved. Many oils are imported in barrels and filled as needed, which means that it can take a year or more from pressing to the shelves of pharmacies and health food stores. Matičnjak's black cumin is pressed on a weekly basis, every Thursday, so you can always find fresh and high-quality black cumin oil with them.
¹ Ahmad A, Husain A, Mujeeb M, Khan SA, Najmi AK, Siddique NA, Damanhouri ZA, Anwar F. A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 May;3(5):337-52. doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(13)60075-1. PMID: 23646296; PMCID: PMC3642442.
² Nikakhlagh S, Rahim F, Aryani FH, Syahpoush A, Brougerdnya MG, Saki N. Herbal treatment of allergic rhinitis: the use of Nigella sativa. Am J Otolaryngol. 2011 Sep-Oct;32(5):402-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2010.07.019. Epub 2010 Oct 13. PMID: 20947211.
³ Koshak A, Wei L, Koshak E, Wali S, Alamoudi O, Demerdash A, Qutub M, Pushparaj PN, Heinrich M. Nigella sativa Supplementation Improves Asthma Control and Biomarkers: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Phytother Res. 2017 Mar;31(3):403-409. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5761. Epub 2017 Jan 17. PMID: 28093815.
⁴ Hasani-Ranjbar S, Jouyandeh Z, Abdollahi M. A systematic review of anti-obesity medicinal plants - an update. J Diabetes Metab Disord. 2013 Jun 19;12(1):28. doi: 10.1186/2251-6581-12-28. PMID: 23777875; PMCID: PMC3914705.