Two new studies show that black seed (nigella sativa) provides multiple health benefits for aging women by protecting them against the ill-effects of metabolic syndrome and accelerated bone loss.
Black seed has been used for hundreds of years both as a food and medicine. The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt. In fact, black seed oil was found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as the seed of blessing and ‘a remedy for all diseases except death’.
And now, a growing body of modern scientific research is confirming that black seed has beneficial medicinal value in over 40 different health conditions.
In the first study, 30 menopausal women aged 45-60 years were randomized into two experimental groups and given either a placebo or 1,000 mg capsules daily of black seed powder after breakfast for a period of two months. Women consuming black seed saw significant beneficial changes in many health parameters including total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, HDL ‘good’ cholesterol and blood glucose levels, relative to the control group.
These results show that black seed therapy protected the health of these aging women by improving their lipid profile and blood sugar levels, both of which are at a higher risk of being elevated during the menopausal and postmenopausal period.
In the second study, black seed was shown to reverse the adverse changes associated with the removal of the ovaries of female rats in the so-called 'ovariectomy-induced animal mode of osteoporosis.' Female rats whose ovaries had been removed tend to lose bone mass. However, if they are treated with black seed, they experience a near-complete reversal of all adverse physiological changes.
In other words, black seed shows promise as a safe and effective therapy for osteoporosis - which study authors attributed to “its high content of unsaturated fatty acids as well as its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties."
Given the many health benefits of consuming black seed as a powder or oil - why not speak to your physician or caregiver about adding it to your diet as a protective agent?