Black Cumin Seed - One of The Most Scientifically Powerful Herbs In The World & Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sleep On It
Black cumin or more commonly known as Habbatus Sauda, but also referred to as nigella sativa, black seed —comes from the fennel plants of Southeast Asia. This seed has been commonly used for its medicinal characteristics for centuries throughout Asia, the Middle Eastern and other parts of the world. It's beginning to be widely used in the health and wellness industry due to its healing powers.
What is Habbatus Sauda/ Black Cumin?
Habbatus Sauda or nigella sativa comes from fennel flowers that are native to Asia. Research evidence shows that nigella sativa was used for both culinary purposes—especially in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines—as well as medicinally. In addition, the medicinal benefits of black cumin were recorded as early as the year 980 by the Persian Muslim physician, Avicenna, who stated that ingesting the seeds of the habbatus sauda plant was a treatment for dyspnea—shortness of breath.
Today, black cumin seeds are used as an alternative medicine for a variety of ailments, including diabetes, congestion, digestive problems and more. Here are some benefits you can get from black cumin.
Benefits of Black Cumin
One of the most notable benefits of black cumin is its anti-inflammatory properties. Considering a number of diseases and conditions develop from chronic inflammation in the system such as ulcerative colitis, asthma, ulcers, diabetes, heart disease, and in some cases even cancer—it’s important to take steps to reduce chronic inflammation when possible.
While human studies are limited to participants with specific conditions, several institutions have found that oil from blacck cumin is effective in reducing inflammation within the body. A study of 42 participants suffering from rheumatoid arthritis showed that taking 1,000mg of black cumin oil a day for eight weeks reduced inflammation and oxidative stress which commonly caused the imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals within the body.
Additionally, black cumin seeds are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants which helps in digestion, helps to control blood sugar level, aids in controlling high blood pressure, improves immune system, helps to reduce risk of infection and helps in managing weights.
- Improves Cognitive Function
Due to black cumin’s anti-inflammatory properties and rich antioxidants, research has shown various brain benefits from this seed, including improved memory and cognitive function.
It is also a promising herb that could aid in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as it’s been shown to help protect neuron degeneration in several parts of the brain and improve cognitive function.
- Antimicrobial benefits
Black cumin has been found to have antimicrobial properties for fighting off bacteria and certain infections, from ear infections to pneumonia to staph.
Research studies in Pakistan have shown black cumin to be effective at inhibiting the growth of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a fatal and notoriously difficult-to-treat staph infection, as well as other bacteria strains. While much more research is needed, the existing data on antimicrobial and antibiotic properties of black cumin shows it’s huge potential in the pharmaceutical industry and medicinal usage.
- Beauty benefits
Problematic skin? Black cumin oil can also be used for a variety of skin conditions to improve skin health. A research done by the Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery found that adding black seed oil to participants’ skin routines helped to reduce acne within eight weeks. It’s also been shown to reduce psoriasis flare ups and support accelerated wound healing due to its antibacterial properties.
In addition, since black cumin improves our gut health, it can also be a very good prebiotic that helps to improve our gut flora that results in better skin health.
How to Consume Black Cumin / Habbatus Sauda
These seeds can be eaten raw, toasted, ground and added to dishes, applied as topical oil treatment, or grind until they become a powder form (like our Life Faxtor Prebiotic Rice Bran Powder!) and pack into a capsule taken as a supplement or encapsulated into soft gel.