I've been getting lots of compliments on my skin lately. My beauty secret? Black seed oil! I have my trainer to thank for once again introducing me to a life-changing plant. Black seed comes from the plant Nigella sativa, also known as fennel flower and Roman coriander. It grows in Southwest Asia, the Middle East and Southern Europe. Black seed oil is expressed from the seeds found in the plant's fruit and is believed to treat a variety of conditions from skin problems to respiratory issues. Check out some of the potential benefits of this amazing oil.*
Black seed oil is high in antioxidants, particularly thymoquinone. Research shows antioxidants fight cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
MAY TREAT ASTHMA
The thymoquinone in black seed oil also has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Studies show it can open airways by fighting the swelling and muscle constriction associated with asthma.
MAY FACILITATE WEIGHT LOSS
Although it's unclear how, a study shows black seed oil may reduce body mass index (BMI) in people with obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. More research is needed on this potential benefit.
MAY LOWER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
People with diabetes risk future complications if their blood sugar levels are consistently high. Multiple studies show a small, daily amount of black seeds significantly reduces fasting blood sugar levels.
MAY LOWER CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD PRESSURE
Studies show consuming black seed oil may significantly reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure. More research is needed to determine the best dose.
Studies suggests the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil may treat acne, eczema and psoriasis. Since adding it into my diet, I've noticed my skin is softer and more hydrated. I used to slather on body lotion every day; now I don't even need it!
HOW TO USE BLACK SEEDS
I take two black seed oil capsules in the morning with breakfast. It also comes in liquid form. Some studies examined the benefits of powdered or crushed black seeds.
*There are concerns about potential health risks from black seeds, particularly from long-term use. Consult your doctor before adding black seeds to your diet if you have diabetes, kidney failure, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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