With such an impressive pedigree, its no wonder that Black Seed has also been the subject of a great deal of scientific scrutiny. Over the past 50 years, the seed and its oil have been investigated in more than 800 scientific studies.
Research published to date in the fields of gastroenterology, immunology, respiratory health, obesity and blood sugar management suggest that Black Seeds historical reputation as a medicinal plant with the potential to aid many different health problems is well founded.
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Antioxidants, such as those found in Black Seed Oil, play an essential role in the body as they scavenge for and neutralise free radicals. This limits the cellular damage they can cause and ultimately assists to maintain the health of tissues and organs. Laboratory studies indicate that Hab Shifa Black Seed Oil has more than double the antioxidant capacity of superfoods
like blueberries and pomegranates and more than triple that of goji berries4.
The chemical composition of the black seed is unique and diverse. The Black Seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients working together in perfect synergy. The most researched active components are Thymoquinone, Nigellone and Fixed Oils. It also contains a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
Research suggests that Black Seed Oil supports the functioning of the immune system and has antihistamine-like effects and therefore may aid the management of allergic conditions such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and atopic (allergic) eczema5.
Black Seed Oil also supports the health of the skin, liver and cardiovascular systems and may help healthy people maintain normal, healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
It may aid the treatment of fluid retention, relieve gastritis symptoms, and help reduce the severity of colds, flu and other mild upper respiratory tract infections6.
Thymoquinone (TQ)–has not been found anywhere else in nature except for the Black Seed. TQ has been extensively studied around the world for its role in assisting to alleviate a range of health conditions found in the modern world.
Research suggests that TQ may be responsible for Black Seeds protective effects on the liver, mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system. For a detailed overview of the benefits of Black Seed and its oil, click here
4 Compiled exclusively for Hab Shifa Australia by Plant science Analytical Research Laboratory, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia
5 Ramadan MF. Nutritional value, functional properties and nutraceutical applications of black cumin (Nigella sativa L.): an overview. Int J Food Sci Tech 2007;42:1208-18
6 Salem ML. Immunomodulatory and therapeutic properties of the Nigella sativa L. seed. Int Immunopharmacol. (2005)
Black Seed herb contains over naturally-occurring 100 constituents (many of which still remain to be discovered).
It is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids and contains about 35% oil, 21% protein, and 38% carbohydrates. More than 50% of the oil are essential fatty acids. Its linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid content help form Prostaglandin E1, which helps the body to inhibit infections, balances the immune system, and regulates allergic reactions. Gamma-linolenic acid also helps stabilize the cell membrane. Black Seed also contains about .5-1.5% volatile oils including Nigellone and Thymoquinone which have been researched for anti-histamine, anti-oxidant, anti-infective, and broncho-dilating effects.