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Black seed oil benefits -- bowl of black cumin seeds and bottle of oil

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Black seed oil (from the seed of black cumin, Nigella sativa) is promoted as a healthy, alternative oil for use on salads and other foods but it tends to be more expensive than other oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil, and has a strong taste that some people find unpleasant.

Clinical studies, conducted primarily in parts of Asia, suggest that black seed oil, in liquid or capsule form, as well as black seed powder, may modestly lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. There is also preliminary evidence that black seed oil may modestly reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, and it may help with asthma. For certain conditions, the efficacy may depend on which form is used (oil or powder).

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Richard22570
May 13, 2021

After starting blackseed oil (500 mg x 2) I may have reduced both blood pressure numbers by around 10 points. Based on just one blood pressure check though...

Joan K22568
May 12, 2021

Have been using berberine capsules for 3 years now, following dx of pre-diabetes; fasting sugar now running 70-90 and A1C 5.3.

amy20259
June 26, 2020

I read that the thymoquione in balck seed oil decreases TPO antibodies and improved free T3 levels in Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients-in What you must know about Hashimoto's by Hnederson and Futterman. Would be curious if there has been anyone that found this oil to be helpful in resolving symptom's of Hashimoto's.

Pamela23219
August 23, 2021

After starting 500 mg of black seed oil, my levothyroxine dose went from 100 mg to 88 mg/day, and may drop further. However, black seed may have a blood pressure lowering effect in my case, so I can't try a higher dose.

Leila18534
October 16, 2019

I tried taking the pills but got really bad acid reflux, had to stop.

Maria23598
October 22, 2021

Try freezing them. Then take them frozen. I take mine with food which helps. Try a different brand, that may also help. Good luck!

Robert17498
January 27, 2019

According to the spice seller I purchased them from, Nigella Sativa seeds are also known as Charnushka, and are used in various cuisines around the world. For example, they are often added to Slavic sausages, used atop Jewish rye bread, and they are part of the Indian spice blend garam masala. They can be used to make a tea also.

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