Black Cumin: The Blessed Seed
From Indian Ayurveda to Chinese herbalism to ancient Egyptian, Islamic and Greek herbal practices, Black Cumin Seed (a/k/a Nigella Sativa or “Black Seed”) has long been used in nearly every major health tradition. Because of its common use and perceived health benefits, it has also been called, “The Blessed Seed.” Today, both the seed powder and its oil are available to consumers as dietary supplements.
Research suggests that Black Seed contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which are said to assist your body’s immune system directly, giving it aid wherever needed. It has been in use for several thousand years, and has been mentioned in many ancient texts, including the Bible. There is also a passage in the Koran which states, “In the black seed is healing for every disease except death.” Archaeologists even found a bottle of it in King Tut’s tomb!
Muslims have been using and promoting the use of the Black Seed for hundreds of years, but the western world is just beginning to recognize its curative properties. It is rich in nutritional values, and its uses range from stomach aches to asthma, cancer to coughs, and the traditional use as a spice. (Note: Caution should be taken when using Black Seed by pregnant or potentially pregnant women, as high doses of this product could induce spontaneous abortions).
Most illnesses arise because of an imbalanced or dysfunctional immune system which cannot perform its primary function of defending the body optimally. This is where Black Seed may help. Research has shown that Black Seed may be beneficial for the following conditions (and this is a short list):
Asthma & Bronchial problems; Backache & other kinds of Rheumatism; Diabetes; Diarrhea; Dry Cough; Flu & Nasal Congestion; Hair Greying; Hair Loss; Hay Fever; Headaches; Healthy Complexion; Hypertension; Laziness and Fatigue; Memory Improvement; Muscular pains; Nervous Tension Stress; Sexual Impotency; Sleeping Disorder; Toothache & Gums; Ulcers.
You can read about the numerous research studies done on Black Seed at http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/black-seed-remedy-everything-death,
If you’re looking for a high-quality supplement, I highly recommend DEVA™ Black Cumin Seed Oil. It’s organic, cold-pressed, unrefined, and comes in non-animal capsules with completely vegan ingredients. All DEVA™ products are 100% vegan and are registered by the Vegan Society, the non-profit organization that actually invented the word "vegan".
*Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and DEVA™ products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.
About the writer: John Chetcuti
John Chetcuti is a vegan of 30 years and owner of Atom’s Green Market, a natural products wholesaler. He was president and co-founder of the Michigan Vegan Society and has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Retailers, for wholesale information, call (313) 300-7709