Many people know it by different names: Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed. Today it’s primarily known as black seed. Black seed oil, in fact, was found in Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb, dating back to approximately 3,300 years ago. In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing.” It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said of it that it is “a remedy for all diseases except death.” The black cumin seed oil has the ability to inhibit cancer cell’s activity and it can even kill some types of cancer cells.
A recent scientific study has show that black cumin seed oil has been effective in the cancer treatment for cancer cells in animal studies. And they also claim that it can be as effective as some anti-cancer drugs for some types of cancer.The black seed oil extract – thymoquinone has powerful properties against many inflammatory issues, such as: liver cancer, melanoma skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, bone cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, prostate cancer, colon cancer and brain cancer.
In the last few years, researchers have rarely advanced their study work on human subjects. But, they still claim that the benefits of the black seed oil are strong and the risks of negative side effects are extremely small. In this post, we are going to discuss about the latest research findings that were made for this amazing and super-healthy black seed oil. We will discuss the use of black seed oil for cancer prevention and its treatment has been proven to be a powerful strategy for many forms of cancer.
Black Seeds Interfere with Uncontrolled Cell Growth and Kill Liver Cancer Cells
According to a recent study, a group of researchers in India have studied the use of compound thymoquinone for killing liver cancer cells. The researchers had two groups of rats with liver cancer. They give water that contained 0.01% thymoquinone to the first group of rats, and the other group of rats was given plain water. They measured the liver cancer nodules, liver injury markers and tumor markers in both groups after 16 weeks. The group of rats that didn’t receive thymoquinone had substantial increases in their liver tumor size. And the rats who received 20 mg of thymoquinone per kilogram for body weight got their tumor markers decreased. Also, this group of rats didn’t develop liver cancer nodules, and the amount of new tumor formation was much less than the untreated group. Another study, conducted by group of researchers in Egypt had discovered the anti-tumor effects of bee hone and black seed oil on human liver cancer cells. The researchers found that the honey and black seed oil were extremely beneficial in reducing the liver cancer cells and they also improved the antioxidant status of cells and induced cancer cell death by apoptosis.
Black Seed Oil Kills Lung Cancer Cells
A group of researchers in 2014 have investigated the anti-cancer activity of black cumin seed oil when used in the treatment of lung cancer cells in the laboratory. The medical experts exposed lung cancer cells to black seed oil or black seed extract for one day. The researchers used 0.01 mg/ml of the black seed oil or the extract in this experiment. The cancer cell viability was assessed after the exposure. According to the study results, the black seed oil and the black seed extract significantly reduced the population of living cancer cells and altered the cellular morphology. They also found that the greater the concentration of oil/extract that was used in the cancer cell treatment, the greater the level of cancer cell death. They also made the cancer cells to lose their typical appearance and made them smaller in size. So, the medical experts concluded that black seed extract or oil significantly reduced the existence of human lung cancer cells.
Black Seeds Kill Leukemia Cells
A recent study, conducted by group of medical experts in Malaysia, in 2013, has found that the use of naturally occurring compounds from traditional medicine has great anti-cancer potential. Black seed is one of these natural anti-cancer plants. We mention before that the most effective anti-cancer compound found in black seed oil or extract is thymoquinone. The anti-cancer effect of thymoquinone, via the induction of apoptosis resulting from mitochondrial dysfunction, was assessed in an acute leukemia cell line. The medical experts also found that treatment of leukemia cells with thymoquinone resulted in leukemia cell death. So, these results were incredible and promising that the thymoquinone from black seed oil could be a useful “fighter” against the leukemia cancer cells.
I was asking myself this same question: if the black seed oil has so many anti-cancer properties, that have been shown and proven by many different researchers, and it also has been proven to not be toxic to healthy human cells – then why are scientists are still doing laboratory researchers and they don’t do human trials yes? Well, when it comes to cancer treatment, this natural remedy is still stuck in the laboratory as if it were a dangerous unproven toxic substance. But, don’t forget that black seeds and black seed oil are foods and they are completely edible. People use them for thousands of years. They used them for flavoring food, as daily tonics and for making homemade remedies. And, now when it’s clear that the thymoquinone in black seed oil is extremely effective against cancer cells – then it’s time for human trials.