First off, let’s clarify what black seed oil is for those who may not be familiar. It is the product of seeds from the black cumin plant (also known as black caraway and fennel flower). The oil itself is referred to in other ways – including black cumin seed oil, Kalonji oil, and Nigella sativa oil, according to VeryWell Health.
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The same source explains that the “slightly bitter” seeds are typically used for flavoring in Middle Eastern or Indian dishes, while the oil is also useful in cooking – while also carrying a range of health benefits thanks to antioxidants including thymoquinone. In fact, the source claims that the oil has been used a remedy for common conditions for more than 2,000-years (and is now backed by some scientific evidence).
Let’s take a look at some of these benefits…
According to Healthline, this oil is apparently useful for those who suffer from asthma, a chronic respiratory illness. The source explains that the antioxidant thymoquinone has been shown through research that it can help reduce inflammation and relax airway muscles.
It notes a study of 80-adults with asthma found that consuming 500-mg of black seed oil capsules twice daily for about a month led to “significantly improved asthma control.” However, it adds that more research is needed to assess the effectiveness and long-term safety of the oil in the treatment of this particular condition.