Black seed oil has been used for health and wellness for thousands of years.In it, you’ll find vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and even compounds that improve cell growth. It’s been called a veritable fountain of youth.
1. Legendary Beauty Secret
There are a lot of benefits to putting black seed oil on your skin. Queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra are both said to have relied on it as a beauty tonic, for their skin and hair specifically.
Lots of teenagers (and, let’s face it, many adults too) struggle with acne and blemishes. Black seed oil is antibacterial, so it works to fight the bacteria that cause acne.
2. Have a Heart
Beautiful skin and hair don’t mean anything if you don’t maintain a healthy heart. Black seed benefits the heart and the cardiovascular system in a bunch of impressive ways.
Black seed is rich in unsaturated omega-6 & -9 fatty acids and phytosterols. These help to strengthen your heart and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It also assists in promoting healthy blood cholesterol levels.
A teaspoon a day is a great way to support your heart health in tandem with an otherwise healthy lifestyle.
3. Blood Sugar Benefits
There are a couple of things that black seed oil does for people with pancreatic health challenges.
I’m not going to claim that black seed oil cures pancreatic cancer (though it has been shown to be very effective against cellular changes in lab situations), but we do know that it has a direct effect on the way that beta cells function and are produced.
Beta cells are created in the pancreas, and they are responsible for insulin production. When you take black seed oil, it both increases beta cell production and heals those cells that might be damaged.
Black seed oil has also been shown to help support good blood sugar balance. It can help with keeping blood sugar numbers in check, with insulin release and with insulin sensitivity as well.
4. Boost Your Body’s Defenses
Black seed oil is beneficial to your immune system because it increases the number of white blood cells your body produces.
When you experience a cold, the flu, bronchitis or even pneumonia, your body always defends itself with white blood cells. Same with bacterial infections — white blood cells are your body’s defense against those too. White blood cells are why your body recovers from sickness.
While black seed oil increases white blood cell production in general, it also specifically helps your body to create more ‘natural killer cells’. These are a special type of white blood cell (in scientific terms, they are a type of cytotoxic lymphocyte) that are getting more and more attention in immunological research.