Payam Javan: Black seed oil, which can be consumed or applied topically, has been recommended as a treatment for anything from COVID-19 to obesity and headaches. Nigella sativa, a plant originally from the Middle East and Eastern Europe but currently grown throughout a much wider region, is used to make black seed oil. Nigella sativa has a long history of use in both food and medicine. For instance, it was traditionally used to treat menstrual cycle issues in the region that is now Iran; gastrointestinal issues in India; and sleeplessness, dizziness, and bronchial illnesses in China.
Omega-6 fatty acids and phytochemicals, particularly thymoquinone, which is found in very high amounts in Nigella sativa, are thought to be the primary mechanisms underlying many of its medicinal actions.
Black seed oil has a dearth of major research, and many of those that do utilise it combine it with additional all-natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil. It is challenging to separate the effects of black seed oil from those of the other substances in these research, which is an issue.
The black seed oil group experienced an average weight loss of 6% and a 6.9% decrease in waist circumference after eight weeks. The control group, on the other hand, only experienced an average weight loss of 3.6 percent and a 3.4 percent decrease in waist circumference.
Additionally, black seed oil has shown antiviral action against the COVID-19-causing SAR-CoV-2 virus. Thymoquinone and other elements of the oil have a strong affinity for the ACE2 receptor in the lungs and can successfully block virus binding and cell entry. Additionally, it has the ability to bind a toxic uremic byproduct produced by the virus, which is known to occasionally cause kidney failure due to infection.
Twenty participants from each test group used the therapy twice daily for four weeks. According to the findings, Eucerin performed worse than both black seed oil and betamethasone cream at relieving the signs and discomforts of eczema. According to research, black seed oil is about as effective as betamethasone cream, which has been used for years to treat the symptoms of eczema.
In conclusion, black seed oil is generating a growing list of recognised medicinal properties even though it may not be the panacea some claim it to be. Given the oil’s extremely low levels of toxicity, it could be a useful addition to the toolkit of any doctor or health-conscious person.