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BLACK SEED OIL NIGELLA SATIVA

BLACK SEED said to be a miracle oil - used for centuries in middle east north Africa and India - it is said in ancient texts that Muhammad stated it can cure all diseases, except death (!) and was placed with Tutankhamun in his tomb!

 

Black seed oil has a positive therapeutic effect on

 

  • Stomach and intestine

  • Kidney, Liver and Bile

  • Muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons

  • Fertility and immune system

  • Skin and hair

  • Oral cavity, pharynx, throat, nose

  • Bronchus and lungs

  • Heart & Circulation

  • Blood and blood vessels

Concerning the following diseases Black Cumin Oil finds its effective therapeutic use:

 

  • Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungus - destroys pathogens

  • Liver and kidney disease, counteracts hepatic injury

  • Inflammation - post injury it is a powerful anti-inflammatory  and treats general systemic inflammation (often pathogen induced)

  • Stomach problems like gall weakness, gallstones

  • Gynecological problems like menstrual problems, pregnancy symptoms

  • Acidification of the organism and the musculature

  • Muscle cramps

  • Epilepsy (decreases the frequency of seizures)

  • Joint problems like osteoarthritis, arthritis (joint inflammation), arthralgia

  • Rheumatism

  • Inflammation as gingivitis

  • Cancer prevention and reduction of side effects of chemotherapy/Kills pathogens associated with synthesis.

  • Diabetes

  • Thrombosis

  • Metabolic disorders such as hyperhomocysteinemia (too much homocysteine), reduction of cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose levels in the blood

  • Infections and infections such as flu infection / equine influenza

  • ADHS (calming for Hyperactive children)

  • Insomnia

  • HEART health  and circulatory problems

  • Skin problems such as bad skin, acne, oily or dry skin, psoriasis (psoriasis), eczema, atopic dermatitis, skin fungi (eg candidiasis), warts / Equine sarcoid in horses also, itching, scaly, dry skin, and wounds

  • Hair problems such as hair loss, dandruff, fungal infestation, in case of dogs horses: dull, rough coat

  • Allergies with respiratory or skin reactions such as hay fever

  • Respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, lung diseases, for horse as well: heaves, rhinitis (runny nose, nasal catarrh), sinusitis (sinus infection), inflammation of the nasal mucosa, tonsillitis, pharyngitis (sore throat), colds

  • Stomach / intestinal diseases such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), stomach ulcers (also preventively), bloating, diarrhea, diarrhea, colic, stomach cramps, stomach pain, and stomach discomfort generally, indigestion

  • Parasites in fur of dogs/horses - (endo- and ectoparasites), such as worms, ticks, fleas, mites, lice, and defense against insects

  • Immunodeficiency, regulation of immune deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, strengthens the body's defenses

  • Tumors and ulcers

  • Hypertension

  • Vertigo / inner ear issues

  • Elevated blood lipids

 

 

  • bronchodilator

  • hypoglycemic

  • antioxidant (against free radicals, which attack the cells and cause damage)

  • liver and kidney protection

  • antithrombotic (against blockage of blood vessels by blood clots)

  • antispasmodic

  • antibacterial

  • analgesic (painkilling)

  • antiinflammatory

  • antiviral

  • antitumoral

  • antifungal (acting against fungal infections )

  • antiseptic

  • antiviral (herpes)

  • antidiabetic (gluconeogenesis inhibition)

  • Favoring Interferon formation (immune stimulant, antitumor and antiviral proteins or glycoproteins)

  • digestive

  • antiparasitic (antiviral)

  • insecticidal

  • breast milk enhancing

  • diuretic

  • detoxifying

 

Allergies

Particularly black cumin oil is repeatedly in focus because of its ability to attenuate the tendency to allergies. Allergic diseases such as hay fever, asthma and skin problems (dermatitis), which are caused by allergies, were partially even cured by taking black seed oil..

Reason for an allergy is usually a disturbance of the synthesis of gamma-linolenic acid, prostaglandins PGE1 / PGE2 and arachidonic acid, which is why it is assumed that this is an enzyme defect. The fatty acids contained in black seed oil counteract allergic diseases.

Gastrointestinal problems

Black seed oil has an antibacterial effect and therefore it can also combat the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which is a so called rod-shaped bacterium that colonizes the stomach and can cause stomach cramps and stomach ulcers. 

Inflammation

Black seed oil contains linoleic and gamma-linolenic acid, e.g. E1 (hormone-like substance) that allows a synthesis of immunoregulatory substances, such as the prostaglandin, which in turn affects inflammations. Moreover, the linoleic acid has a stabilizing effect on cell membranes. Research found that the black cumin oil inhibits the production of nitric oxide (NO) where its metabolism is involved in inflammatory reactions.

In addition test-tube experiments could detect that thymoquinone, being a very important ingredient of black seed, inhibits the formation of leukotrienes (endogenous signal substances that play an important role in the pathogenesis of asthma and inflammation) in the blood cells. Also the enzyme 5- lipoxygenase, which is involved in the formation of leukotrienes is restricted by the black seed oil in its production.

The black cumin oil has a special role in all inflammatory processes in the organism, such as joint inflammation, but black cumin oil also acts against gingivitis.

 

Cancer and Tumors

Scientists now believe that the thymoquinone contained in black seed oil can inhibit the occurrence of the tumor. Moreover, it improves the liver function. Studies have also found out that the volatile content of black seed oil can inhibit the formation of colon cancer and breast cancer. Moreover, black seed oil acts against oxidative stress, which promotes the development of cancer and tumors. Oxidative stress meaning that the body can no longer adequately absorb free radicals by antioxidants. Free radicals are oxygen free radicals, or derivatives of oxygen from the breathing. Approximately 1-3% of our breathing air is converted in our bodies to very aggressive and damaging oxygen radicals. Free radicals as aggressive, reactive molecules cause oxidize proteins and fats and accelerate aging and injury, respectively the tumorous degeneration of cell structures.

Moreover, US scientists from South Carolina found out that black cumin can activate neutrophils. These are increasingly occurring white blood cells. They fight cancer cells and destroy them before tumors can build up.

Thymoquinone - Has been studied in labs in Europe comparing Pharmaceutical Cancer Drug -Mesalazine and Thymoquinone in Black Seed - Thymoquinone had an almost identical positive effect in reducing tumour growth in mice but with no side effects - only a multitude of immune strengthening/health boosting side effects!. 

 

https://youtu.be/Ym7EPze4eFc

Elevated homocysteine levels (hyperhomocysteinemia)

The hyperhomocysteinemia is a metabolic disorder in which the homocysteine levels are elevated in the blood consequently the risk of diseases of the coronary increases, cerebral and peripheral blood vessels. In research with black cumin oil it furthermore was found that especially thymoquinone prevents pathological reactions or at least those can be significantly reduced.

Stress, ADHD, insomnia

Symptoms that are based on that no peace can be found - this can be alleviated with the help of essential oils contained in black seed oil, because they are relaxing, calming and have a balancing effect on the nerves and the psyche. In addition, the anti-inflammatory property of black cumin oil also counteracts the inflammatory process of nerves which is adopted together with the synaptic transmission of stimuli in the brain as a trigger for hyperactivity in children.

Skin and hair

The fatty acids contained in black seed oil can promote the further active cell formation and cell growth, which means, conversely, that a lack of essential fatty acids induces a slowdown or disruption of metabolic processes, thus causing skin and hair problems in the combination. If the skin and each hair follicle is supplied with all the necessary nutrients, the hair grows strong and shiny and the skin remains healthy and elastic.

Especially the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) has a great importance for the cell structure. It facilitates the protection of cell membranes, the inflammatory balance and builds a healthy skin and hair structure. In addition to this sulfur-containing amino acids can promote hair growth and make the hair shine. Fish Oil - by the very process of extraction tends to contain a magnified potency of mercury even though products will be  registered as mercury free -  therefore not recommended. 

Blood lipids and Blood clotting

Studies have found the effect of Nigellamin as reducing the fat (triglyceride) amount in the liver. Nigellamin proved in its activity even comparable to a drug, the lipid lowering agents. Furthermore, the substances contained thymol and carvacrol in the study that focused on the research platelet aggregation and blood clotting. They proved to have an over 30 times stronger activity than the thrombosis drug aspirin.

Liver and kidneys

As detoxification organs, the kidneys and liver are repeatedly confronted with toxins that can damage the organs. However, scientists discovered in laboratory tests that a renal toxicity triggered by the antibiotic gentamicin actually was alleviated when given an oral dose of black cumin oil, respectively that the toxic effect of the drug was significantly weakened.

Immune System

US scientists from South Carolina found out that black cumin may promote the formation of immune cells as well as bone marrow. Black cumin oil also enhances the formation of interferon, forms antibody-producing B cells, destroys any type of tumor and provides protection for normal cells against harmful effects of bacterial diseases and viral infections.

Laboratory Analysis finds the following - Active ingredients

 

The seeds of black seed include:

  • 32 to 35% carbohydrates

  • 30 to 35% of fatty oil (up to 40% triglycerides)

  • 20% proteins

One of the main components of the seed is the fixed oil, which is known as "oleum Nigella sativae". It contains the following fatty acids:

  • Monounsaturated fats:   approximately 20 to 25%

  • Saturated fatty acids:      approximately 15 to 17%

  • 55 to 60% linoleic acid

  • 22 to 25% oleic acid

  • 12 to 14% palmitic acid

  • 2 to 4% stearic acid

  • 0.1 to 0.4% myristic acid

  • 0.1 to 0.4% arachidonic acid

  • 0.1 to 0.4% palmitoleic

  • 0.1 to 0.4% linolenic acid

  • 0.1 to 0.4% eicosenoic

 

Other ingredients are:

  • Essential and non-essential amino acids: alanine, arginine, cystine, lysine, asparagine, aspartic acid, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, proline, tryptophan, threonine, tyrosine, valine, methionine, phenylalanine, serine, glutamic acid, glycine

  • Vitamins: A, B1, B2, C, D, E

  • Minerals and trace elements: iron, potassium, calcium, niacin, sodium, selenium, zinc and biotin

  • Phytosterols: beta-sitosterol, cholesterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, alpha-spinasterol

  • Essential oils (1.4%): Nigellone, p-cymene, thymoquinone, thymol Hydroquinone, thymoquinone, thymol, p-cymene, alpha pinene, carvone (monocyclic monoterpene ketone), Artemisia Ketone, camphor (bicyclic monoterpene ketone)

  • Alkaloids (containing only traces): Nigellin (gives the black cumin oil its typical odor), Nigellimin N-oxide, Nigellicin, Nigellidin, isoquinoline alkaloids

  • Saponins: Triterpene Saponins as alpha-hederin, Melanthin, hederagenin, Hesperidin

  • Triterpene Alcohol: beta- amyrin, cycloartenol,

  • Flavonoids and polyphenols: kaempferol, quercetin's triglycerides

  • Tannins:

  • Resin

  • Bitter principles

  • Ash

  • Enzymes: lipase

  • Glucose

 

Also included are: thymoquinone, alpha-pippen, beta-pippen, sabinenes, sabinenes, myrcenes, limonene, 1,8-cineoles (one of the bicyclic epoxy-monoterpenes, precisely the Limone oxides), alpha-terpinene, linalool, beta -Thujone, bornyl acetate, Boneol, carvacrol

DIET

With Blackseed Oil  (very important key function in keeping pathogens in balance and eliminated) 

IT IS ALWAYS ADVISED THAT THE DIET IS ESSENTIALLY A LIVER PROTECTIVE DIET - AS NATURAL UNPROCESSED AS POSSIBLE AND LOW FAT & DAIRY/EGG FREE. 

Many of the high fat diets promoted today do not recognise the crucial role of the liver and the burden high fat places on this organ and in turn the Pancreas - long term high fat likely debilitates the body to perform vitally important functions and leads to disease states. Remember to keep your liver in check with the following guidelines.

The body is like an Aquarium. It needs to be treated with care to keep it in balance -  feed it pure food as possible and it requires continual cleansing to keep it pure. Detoxing is important to avoid development of disease and chronic inflammation (largely from pathogens) .  The Liver is the centre filter that keeps everything in check. Liver is made sluggish by too many processed type foods and especially too much fat (this includes too much nut butter / seeds / nuts / butter/ dairy / animal fat  as well - the liver is compromised with infestations of pathogenic populations. 

Good food fats - Avocado / Coconut Oil / Black Seed

Diet summary

LIVER VITALITY LIFESTYLE DIET  

For a healthier body ANTI DISEASE long term

FOCUS ON LOTS OF NATURAL FRUITS - FROZEN MANGO / BERRY COMBINATIONS ARE A SAVIOUR IN SMOOTHIES THROW IN SOME SPINACH THIS PROVIDES LOTS OF PHYTONUTRIENTS TO ASSIST THE BODY  -  NATURAL FRUITS SHOULD NOT BE A CONCERN IN TERMS OF NATURAL SUGARS - THE BODY IS IN NEED OF GLYCOGEN EVERY TWO HOURS - ESPECIALLY THE BRAIN - FRUITS ARE LOADED IN PHYTONUTRIENTS THAT THE BODY NEEDS FOR HEALTH AND VITALITY. 

VEGETABLES (PHYTONUTRIENTS)  

UNPROCESSED SEAFOOD / 

SPARINGLY LEAN UNPROCESSED MEATS / 

AVOID DAIRY / EGGS / (CREATES MUCUS IN THE BODY - HEAVY PATHOGEN FEEDERS)

AVOID GLUTEN WHERE POSSIBLE (PATHOGEN FEEDER) - GLUTEN FREE BREADS ARE OK AS LONG AS PLENTY OF FRUITS / VEGS ARE ACCOMPANIED IN DIET

VERY SMALL AMOUNTS (SPRINKLING) NATURAL NUTS & SEEDS  - TOO MUCH FAT REGARDLESS PLACES BURDEN ON THE LIVER EITHER VEGETABLES DERIVED OR ANIMAL CREATES SLUGGISH LIVER)

GOOD FAT =COCONUT OILS / AVOCADO / 

HUMMUS / made with EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil IS A GREAT SNACK

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (AVOID CANOLA OIL = TOXIC TO HUMANS OVER TIME)

AVOID ALL VINEGARS - INSTEAD USE CITRUS JUICES and olive oils mustard and raw honey for dressings /

AVOID SOY UNLESS IT IS FERMENTED (TEMPEH)

Good Grains - BROWN RICE / QUINOA / MILLET / BUCKWHEAT

STEVIA / MAPLE SYRUP / RAW HONEY FOR SWEETENING

DO DAILY SMOOTHIES TO BOOST GREENS/FRUITS IN DIET AND KEEPS HEALTHY CHEMICAL BALANCE IN BLOOD (FAVORITE BREAKFAST BOOST SMOOTHIE 

FOR EXAMPLE - LARGE HANDFUL BABY SPINACH / some KALE / 1-2 BANANA / 1 tsp RAW HONEY / 1 CUP COCONUT MILK (ALPRO brand) / HANDFUL FROZEN BERRIES (OR MANGO) , 1 TSP CINNAMON- BLEND TILL SMOOTH)

Look at international foods for inspiration - often Asian food and Middle Eastern food is loaded in nutrition and they often cook using absolutely healthy ingredients in traditional recipes - they provided countless examples of how to enjoy delicious meals without compromise!

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