Benefits of ingesting Black cumin seed oil

Black cumin seed oil has so many amazing health benefits, that have been traditionally and scientifically proven and none of us should miss.

Yes, I would like to introduce to you this oil, which I came to know and use about 6 month ago.

I am delighted and grateful to God for showing me this oil because it helped  clear the psoriasis I had suffered for over 10 years. Even though my psoriasis symptoms greatly reduced by 80-90% compared with 8 years ago thanks to diet improvement, the remaining 10-20% seemed incurable until I knew black cumin seed oil. After a day drinking 2-3 teaspoons of black cumin seed oil for 2-3 weeks, I was so happy to see the psoriasis symptoms on my legs disappeared.

Reading that black cumin seed oil is anti-convulsant and can address insomnia, I tried using it to help my grand-daughter to avoid seizures during sleep. Now with just 3.5 ml before bed, she falls into sleep easily and sleeps well with no seizures – whether at night or in day time – a result that is impossible to achieve with medication and other natural therapies.

As black cumin seed oil is also a bronchodilator and anti-asthmatic, I introduced it to some acquaintances suffering from asthma. After about 1 week, they said it helped them breathe easier without having to use asthma inhalers as often as before.

I prescribed “black cumin seed oil” for some patients at Antara free clinic. The results were amazing  for a kid with asthma, a kid with allergy to cat and an adult with insomnia and depression.

In the following paragraphs, you may think that black cumin seed oil is said to have too many health benefits to be true. But I believe black cumin seed oil has so many health benefits partly because it helps heal and protect the digestive system. Scientific studies agree that all illnesses start from the gut or the digestive system. My skin disease did not go away because my gut was leaking – a condition when the tight junctions of the intestinal wall become loose, allowing bacteria and toxins to enter the blood stream. The looser these tight junctions become, a wider variety of toxins enter the blood steam.

It has not been proven that leaky gut is the cause of many skin diseases and autoimmune disease. However there is a close association between these diseases and leaky gut condition. Many people do not know this association and try to find topical medicine to suppress  symptoms of their skin illness without making an effort to change their diet and lifestyle to help restore the health of their digestive tract wall. The result is frustration.  Black cumin seed oil has the power to heal leaky gut with the support of healthy diet and lifestyle. That is how it helped heal my psoriasis symptoms.

What is Black cumin seed

Most of us have probably never heard of black cumin seeds or black cumin seed oil. Why? Because black cumin plants, Nigella sativa by scientific name, grow only in India, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East countries. Black cumin seed oil has been used by practitioners of herbal medicine in these regions for thousands of years to treat an extensive list of difficult health conditions. Its healing effects are said to treat any illness except death.

Since 1964 there have been about 460 scientific studies confirming the amazing therapeutic properties of black cumin seed oil.

Therapeutic activities

Black cumin seed oil is scientifically confirmed to have the following therapeutic actions:

  •  Anti cancer especially  leukemia , breast cancer , brain tumor , pancreatic cancer.
  • Boosting immune system function and response
  • antihistamines – anti-allergy
  • Analgesic (pain killer)
  • Anti-bacteria including anti biotic resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Anti-cholinergic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-hypertensive
  • antioxidant
  •  Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • a bronchodilator
  • Diuretic
  • Anti-diabetic (both type 1 and type 2 diabetes)
  • Balancing serum cholesterol
  • Hepato-protective  (Promoting liver health)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin sensitizing
  • A galactagogue ( increasing the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers)
  • An emmenagogue (stimulating menstrual periods)
  • Reno-protective (kidney protecting)
  • A tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
  • An immune system function and response booster
  • Reno-protective (kidney protection) •
  • A metabolism booster

Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil (BCSO)

Following are some of the many conditions reportedly treated with consistent ingestion of BCSO •

  • Cancer
  • Heart & cardiovascular disease
  • Poor hair growth and poliosis (early graying)
  • Poor bone marrow production
  • Allergies and sinusitis
  • Anxiety and nervous tension
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and flu
  • Colic (babies)
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches and migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Migraines
  • Parasites
  • Candida albicans
  • High serum cholesterol level
  • Inflammation in the cardiovascular system
  • Hardened and  blood vessel walls
  • Acne
  • Backache, arthritis and rheumatism
  • Burn
  • Eczema
  • Fungal and other infections
  • Joint pain
  • Psoriasis
  • Sore muscles
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Over-excited nervous system
  • Respiratory problems/symptoms •
  • Infectious disease •
  • Weakness •
  • Seizures •
  • Dermatitis •
  • Prostate issues •
  • Gallbladder stones •
  • Kidney stones •
  • Hemorrhoids •
  • Varicose veins •
  • Depression •
  • Difficult circulation and many other health problems •
  • Dry skin

Safety

BCSO is normally safe and well tolerated. There has been no reports about BCSO toxicity or adverse reactions. However, anything -including filtered water- in excessive use is unsafe. So it is better to start from low dose and stay within the dosage range suggested by experienced physicians and nutritionists.

If BCSO is used topically, its better to test it first or dilute it with coconut oil or olive oil before applying.

If you are taking prescribed medication, it is better to consult the doctor before using BCSO to avoid unwanted interactions, which may increase or reduce the efficacy of the drugs.

How to use BCSO:

The best way is to use cold pressed black cumin seed oil in bottles or as 500 mg capsules.

According to naturopathic doctors and nutritionists, the normal dose is 1 teaspoon (5 ml) twice a day on an empty stomach (morning and before bed) for treatment or once a day before bed for maintenance .

Capsules can be taken 2 to 5 capsules 2 times a day.

As the taste of the oil can be too strong for some people, it is best to mix it with water, hot tea and honey or orange juice before drinking.

In Vietnam black cumin seed oil may not be available locally, but can be purchased through fado.vn. It can be bought online in any country (e.g. purenature.co.nz in New Zealand or www.iherb.com worldwide). But remember to choose food grade oil. Some stores label BCSO as ” black seed oil”. At iherb.com you can buy with your local currency (not US dollars if not in the US) and they use DHL service at very low freight cost. Before purchasing please check that the oil must have scientific name, “Nigella sativa” to make sure the product is genuine BCSO. It also pays off to read Reviews to find good quality brand.

Please remember that while taking BCSO you still need to have healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits, avoiding as much as possible red meat, animal based products and simple carbs. You also need to relax and engage in adequate physical activities to enjoy the full benefits of black seed oil.

Disclaimer: This article is only for information and education and does not replace the advice from your physician.

References:

Ahmad, A. et al. (2013) A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 May; 3(5): 337–352.

Axe, J. (2018). 9 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits that Boost Your Health. https://draxe.com/black-seed-oil-benefits/

Clark, I. (2014) Back cumin seed oil: Your ultimate life elixir. Activation. https://www.activationproducts.com/blog/black-cumin-healing/

Shakeri, F. Gholamezhad, Z., Megarbine B., Rezace, R. & Boskabady, M.H. (2016). Gastrointestinal effects of Nigella sativa and its main constituent, thymoquinone: a review. Avicema Journal of Phytomedicine (AJP). Volume 6, No. 1, Jan – Feb 2016.

SHORT GUIDE TO PREVENTING AND REVERSING DEMENTIA

SHORT GUIDE TO PREVENTING AND REVERSING MEMORY LOSS 

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 Loss of memory affects more and more people in the world, especially the elderly. This evidence-based brief guide may help you confidently start and engage in the fight against memory loss with concrete and simple steps.

Risk factors:

There are many factors that may lead to memory loss – from short-term dementia to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

They include excess alcohol consumption, smoking, inflammation, depression, drug effects and interactions, lung problems, metabolic disease or abnormalities, diabetes, sleep problems, anxiety and/or depression, obstructive sleep apnea, stress, vitamin deficiency, abnormal thyroid function and metabolic syndrome involving abdominal obesity, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Evidences have accumulated that dementia symptoms clearly improve once these factors are well under control or reversed.

Dementia resulting from strokes and brain injuries that impair blood flow to the brain – called vascular dementia – is more difficult to improve or reverse. However, we can lower the chance of developing vascular dementia by controlling risk factors of heart disease and stroke.

The following changes in diet, lifestyles and medication have proven effective in improving and even reversing memory loss.

PART 1: Protecting and improving memory 

  1. If you have been experiencing fatigue, anxiety, depression or restlessness and irritability you may need high potency Vitamin B complex. Deficiency in B3 is often associated with loss of memory, dementia, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Deficiency in B5 involves restlessness and irritability. Deficiency in B12 is associated with dementia, memory loss as well as anxiety and irritability while B7 deficiency may also cause depression. In fact deficiency in any one of several different B vitamins can cause anxiety. If you have been taking anti-depressant, anti-psychotic and anxiolytic drugs, talk to your doctor because sometimes they contribute to memory loss, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Recommended dosage: 1 capsule of high potency B complex a day, 500 mg vitamin B3 three times a day.
  2. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and foods that cause diabetes, inflammation, obesity such as sugary foods, processed foods, vegetable oils (except coconut oil and raw olive oil), white bread, sugary cake, white rice.
  3. Eat a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein from low fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, occasional servings of eggs, poultry, and lean meats, olive oil and avocado oil.
  4. Increase daily consumption of special foods and herbs that can help protect memory:
  • 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day. Coconut oil contains 60% of medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which have been proved to increase 8-9 % of the brain energy with as little as 20-30 mg a day. Virgin coconut oil also helps reduce many dementia risk factors including inflammation, oxidative stress, inducing weight loss, increase metabolism, enhancing the immune system.
  • Edible and medicinal mushrooms such as Shiitake, Cordyceps , Veiled lady mushroom ( indusiata), Caterpillar fungus (C. militaris), Reshi, Lion’s mane, Maitakei or Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)

Research confirms these mushrooms are functional foods for the brain. Some of them can help regenerate damaged brain cells and stimulate nerve growth factor (Lion’s mane, Reshi, Hen of the woods). If fresh or dried mushrooms are not available in your region, they can be found as dietary supplements in powder and extract powder with instruction of use and dosage.

  • Teas made from brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Gotu kola, Ginkgo biloba, or ginseng. Clinical trials confirmed these herbs are tonic to brain and memory. In particular, bacopa can effective in alleviating cognitive decline and in enhancing cognitive function while Gotu kola can increase memory and cognition, repair and reverse damage to brain cells
  • One teaspoon of black cumin seed oil with 1 teaspoon of honey or some fresh orange juice before bed, especially if having enough good sleep is a problem.
  • Black cumin seed oil also has other health benefits for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, memory loss, kidney disease, enlarged prostate , fatigue, depression and anxiety.
  • Flax seeds, flax seed oil, fatty fish, fish oil, walnuts. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these foods help modulate the structure of nerve cell membranes to protect the central nervous system.
  1. Exercise to ensure adequate flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain areas responsible or learning and memory function. Table tennis and badminton games are perfect for this purpose as they involve eye-hand coordination, decision-making, rapid information processing and increased blood circulation. It benefits the brain to get fit by having at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week (e.g. walking, running, jogging, rope skipping, swimming, water walking, cycling…). Vary your activities to avoid boredom. Even household chores and gardening are good exercise.
  2. Be sure to have enough good sleep ( about 7 hours a day) by developing a healthy sleeping habit. A teaspoon (or a capsule) of black cumin seed oil with honey one hour before bed is beneficial for your sleep.
  3. Stay socially active to keep your brain active through having meaningful interactions with others. Make friends if you don’t have any friends.
  4. Stay mentally active by frequently engaging in mentally challenging activities such as reading news, playing chess, chinese chess or scrabbles, taking dance lessons, memorizing favorite quotes, scriptures or memorizing and singing favorite songs, hymns.

PART 2: REVERSING SEVERE MEMORY LOSS.

If you are the carer for a loved one of yours who has severe dementia (Alzheimer’s or Parkinsons) the following may stop the condition from getting worse and bring back the memory. These have been well researched and proved effective for many people even though not every one.

  1. Vitamin Bs: Serve our loved one with the following doses of vitamin Bs – used successfully in an Oxford University study to stop brain shrinkage : 0.5milligrams of Vitamin B12, 20 milligrams of B6, and 0.8 milligrams of folic acid (or B9) a day.
  2.  Herbal extracts: Serve the patient once a day : 300-500 mg of bacopa monnieri extract, 2000 IU Vitamin E and 1000-4000 mg of lion’s mane mushroom hot water extract (containing a minimum of 15% beta glucan).A clinically proven effective supplement called Redimind , containing bacopa monnieri extract, lion’s mane extract, ginkgo extract, alpha GPC and Huperzine A (firmoss) extract, is available online at https://www.nutreance.com/products/redimind/
  3. 21 day diet plan: Every 6 months, use  the following 21 day diet plan as recommended by Dr. Ron Goldman based on a study undertaken by the Yale University of Medicine. Foods in this diet plan provide the components of TC-2153 – a compound that improves the potential to reverse Alzheimer’s as discovered in the above study – and fall into 1 or several of the 4 main groups:
  • Group A contains foods rich in hydrochloric acid, alkaline foods and nitrogen, the mixing of which will give amine hydrochlorides, a component that has been found to benefit the fight against AD in the above study.
    • Hydrochloric acid subgroup includes apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, black olive, celery, spinach, apples.
    • Alkaline foods subgroup includes almonds, grapefruit, mushroom, soy beans, peaches, bell pepper, radish, pineapple, cherries, wild rice, strawberries, bananas, apricot, avocados, green tea, lettuce, celery, sweet potatoes, peas, egg plant, green beans, beets, blueberries, pears, grapes, kiwi fruits, melons, tangerine, figs, dates, mangoes, papayas, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, limes, seaweed, asparagus, kale, radish, collard greens, onion.
    • Nitrogen subgroup includes beef, pork, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, mussels, sardines, anchovies, scallops, crab, shrimp, lobster, oyster, cauliflower, spinach, green peas, asparagus, eggs, nuts, oats, milk, yogurt.
  • Group B contains Benzyl alcohols, which are needed to enable neurotransmitters to move freely around the brain. Foods in group B include beets, carrots, leafy vegetables, lettuce, raspberries, tea and essential oils (jasmine, ylang-ylang).
  • Group C contains the Catalyst or Iron nitrates, needed to “catalyze amine hydrochlorides and benzyl alcohols so that they can actually work within the brain”. Foods in this group include arugula, rhubarb, cilantro, butter leaf lettuce, basil, beet greens, oak leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, beet juice, spinach, dark chocolate (75% cocoa), coffee, raspberries, salmon.
  • Group T contains foods that induce Trifluoromethyl, a compound that helps reverse Alzheimer’s and can be promoted in the body through a diet that is rich in carboxylic acids. This group therefore consists of foods rich in carboxylic acids such as pickles, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, marinades, vinegar, apples, grapes, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, pineapple, lemons, lime juice, oranges, persimmons, green tea, beer, chocolate, rhubarb, artichokes, lettuce, apple juice, apple cider, oranges, red beans, lentils, cinnamon, thyme, cloves, vanilla, tomatoes.

Each day of the 21 days diet cycle, consume (yourself and your loved one with memory problem) a bowl of salad mix made up of foods/drink in all 4 groups. It is best to have it eaten within a 15 minute time period between 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening (or between 10 am and 11:30 am in the morning if taking coffee). You can make the salad mix /drink differently each day according to the following amounts of foods for different groups:

  • Group A: 1 ounce (or 30 grams) of foods in each subgroup’s list or 1 glass of milk, or 1 cup of yogurt, or 1 medium size boiled egg. E.g. 1 ounce (or 30 grams) of boiled sweet potatoes plus 1 ounce of roast beef (or pork or chicken..) and 1 cup of low fat yogurt.
  • Group B: 4 ounces or 120 grams of different products or a pint or a large glass (480 mls) of tea leaves infusion. E.g. 60 grams of carrots  plus 60 grams of beet or 480 mls of tea infusion
  • Group C: 1 ounce (or 30 grams) of an ingredient in the list or 1 cup strong coffee or 1 glass of juice. E.g. 30 grams of dark chocolate or 30 g of spinach
  • Group T: 2 ounces or 60 grams of different products or 1 glass of drink from the list. E.g. 2 ounces or 60 grams of tomatoes or 1 glass of apple juice.

It is best to plan in advance to save time in grocery shopping and food preparation.

It is not statistically known how effective  this plan works. But it is worth trying if you want to prevent or reverse memory loss because  it is very healthy, easy to follow & cheap.

Disclaimer: This short guide is for information only and does not replace the advice of the physician in charge.

Download PDF here Preventing and Reversing Memory Loss

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