Black Seed Oil’s Benefits for Older Adults
History of Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil, also known as black cumin seed oil or nigella sativa has been a natural medicine for over 2000 years. The oil was also discovered in King Tut’s tomb and in Islamic belief it’s called “panacea,” a universal healer. It has been used to treat parasites, infections, headache, toothache, intestinal worms, arthritis and many diseases and symptoms. It’s also been used as a skin and beauty oil since ancient times. Queen Nefertiti was a devoted black seed oil user.
One of the benefits of black seed oil is that it’s high in antioxidants. Especially thymoquinone found in black seed oil is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance. Antioxidants have been proved to reduce inflammation, protect cells against free radical damages, and prevents heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
Improves Brain Health
Thymoquinone, rich in black seed oil, may also promote brain health, improve memory, reduce neuroinflammation that causes Parkinson’s disease. After taking black seed oil capsules twice a day for 9 weeks, memory, attention and cognition are shown to be improved in a study consists of 40 older adults.
May help relieving asthma symptoms
Black seed oil also helps with breathing problems such as asthma. Asthma is a condition where the lining of the airways swells and the muscles around them constrict making breathing difficult.
Black seed oil, especially thymoquinone, reduces inflammation and relaxes the muscles around the airway and relieves the symptoms of asthma. It also improves wheezing, coughing, and lung function.
May help lower blood pressure
High blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels can lead to hear diseases. Studies show that 2-3 grams of black seed oil taken orally for 8-12 weeks significantly reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels in 90 adult women.
May help treating cancer
Antioxidants are known to help preventing cancer in both in vitro and animal studies. When applied along with chemotherapy in humans, black seed oil shows a potential ability to reduce the side effects in patients with brain tumors who are on chemotherapy. Thymoquinone in black seed oil brain cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy, boosting the efficacy of treatment.