Black Seed Oil
Recently oil of black seed has sparked the attention of many natural supplement users. What has caused the oil of black seed phenomenon? Oddly enough word has spread organically. Unlike other product category spikes endorsed by a celebrity that have quickly risen and declined, oil of black seed is different. This ancient flower found predominantly in the Middle East possesses benefits that far exceed those found in any other substance in nature. In fact, oil of black seed is so unique in its abilities that by taking it daily it can help with cardiovascular health, respiratory response, inflammation, pain, digestive system, skin and hair, to name a few. Oil of black seed consists of these active ingredients: thymoquinone, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and B, plant sterols and natural omega-3s, -6s, and -9s. The cold pressed synergistic formula of oil black seed is vital for overall health and has been used for thousands of years.
The primary active ingredients that support heart health are plant sterols, thymoquinone and omega-3s, 6s, and 9s. These main ingredients are known for their biological activity, which supports heart health and cell membranes. The sterols help the heart by reinforcing elasticity within the blood vessel walls. This can also help prevent thrombus, which is a blood clot that forms within the vascular system and could interfere with blood flow to and from the heart. One of the biggest reasons for heart attacks is chronic inflammation, and oil of black seed is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Not only does it reduce inflammation, but it also lower cholesterol at the simultaneously.
Anti-inflammatory and Pain
When it comes to pain, it is easy to pop a painkiller, but this can lead to stomach, kidney and liver damage and also lead to addiction. The pain relieving active ingredients in oil of black seed are tryptophan and phenylalanine, which help moderate pain. Tryptophan and phenylalanine are both essential amino acids, which can help build protein in the body. Inflammation which causes pain in the body can be relieved with oil of black seed, by taking a teaspoon or by applying topically to the back, joints and muscles. Oil of black seed does contain anti-inflammatory agents, which are a great alternative to painkillers, ibuprofen, narcotics, and opiates.
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways for you to be able to breathe. When the bronchial tubes are inflamed, it can cause difficulty in breathing. Oil of black seed can help with the inflammation while working as a bronchodilator. This can work for congestion in the chest and bronchitis. A few teaspoons may be ingested or it can also be rubbed on the chest.
Recently it was discovered that oil of black seed is a dense source of the rather rare pigment melanin. Found in the outer coats of the seeds, this pigment is one of the most powerful natural medicines known and is, in particular, a potent antioxidant. It can be used as a daily moisturizer and for sunburns. This makes sense, since black seed has the capacity to protect skin cells against the harshness of ultraviolet radiation. Melanin also has hormone-like powers. The high density of melanin may explain its historical use by the ancient Egyptians for skin health. It is great for toning and texture by making the skin smooth.
When it comes to the digestive system, oil of black seed can help with relieving constipation, diarrhea stomach aches and bloating. It can help calm and soothe the tract and help protect the stomach from toxins. Thmoquinone is the active ingredient that helps protect the stomach lining. When the oil of black seed is taken daily, it can help provide significant protective actions for the digestive organs: esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, gallbladder, liver and colon.
For hair growth or dryness, oil of black seed comes to the rescue. Heat or constant pulling can result in hair loss. Oil of black seed is rich in sterols and fatty acids, which are rich in nutrients such as vitamins E and B. They are a big influence on hair growth follicle cells. Strengthening the hair follicles can also result in boosting scalp hair growth. When it comes to strengthening the hair, oil of black seed may be applied for 30 to 60 minutes on the scalp to promote stronger hair growth.
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Briana Mercado is an alumna from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Mercado graduated with a degree in broadcasting and communication. She has worked in multimedia outlets from print, broadcasting and social media. She found a passion in Ayurvedic medicine in college, and continues her work serving as the Marketing Coordinator for North American Herb & Spice. On her off time she likes to try new recipes and stay as active as possible.
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