Nigella sativa, or black seed, fights the inflammation and oxidative stress that is behind many diseases

More and more, research is exposing inflammation and free radical damage as the root causes of mental and physical illness. This increasingly exciting seed masters both.

The exciting seed is known as Nigella sativa or, more popularly as black cumin seed or just black seed for short. We have previously written about it for asthma, cholesterol and diabetes, osteoarthritis and COVID. It also helps fight high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, H. pylori, epilepsy, kidney stones and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Behind several of these conditions—and several others—lurk inflammation and free radical damage. A new systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 studies of black seed or black seed oil has now confirmed that black seed effectively fights both. Specifically, it found that black seed significantly reduced high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and tumor necrosis factor-alpha, which are two important markers of inflammation, and malondialdehyde, which is an important marker of oxidative stress, or free radical damage. It also found that black seed significantly increases total antioxidant capacity as well as superoxide dismutase, or SOD, one of the important antioxidants manufactured in your body.

This study explains some of the reasons why black seed is such a valuable herb and lends even more support for its use as a supplement.


J Food Biochem 2021 Apr;45(4):e13625


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