Cancer has become the plague of modern day and millions of people are dying every year due to this disease. Scientists are constantly on the lookout for new, alternative ways of treatment which may eventually lead to a cure and this time they may be on the right track. According to recent studies, black cumin seed oil (nigella sativa) has the ability to hider cancer cell activity and has proven effective in the treatment against cancer. These results are still limited to animal studies but the researchers are hopeful it will be effective in humans as well. The studies showed that black cumin seed oil and its extract thymoquinone can be used effectively in the treatment against liver cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, bone cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, prostate cancer, colon cancer and brain cancer.
Even though numerous studies have shown promising results, scientists still haven’t made any progress in human clinical trials. Scientists are wondering why, since they know it has virtually no unwanted side-effects. Modern medicine has yet to approve the benefits from black seed oil in cancer treatment even though it’s proven effective against multiple cancer types. This article is going to do an in-depth analysis into this oil’s benefits and discuss the possible reasons why the pharmaceutical industry wishes to keep its amazing powers a secret.
This oil has been used as cancer treatment for millennia
In 2011 two different studies were conducted in China and Saudi Arabia which came to the same conclusion. They discovered that this oil has been used as a traditional natural remedy against many diseases, including cancer, for centuries. Both studies confirmed its anti-cancer properties. It’s not just cancer that this oil is effective against; it can help eliminate a long list of other diseases as well, such as cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and kidney disease and so on.
Even though there have numerous studies into the health benefits of black seed oil, scientists still haven’t been able to determine what exactly triggers its cancer-fighting properties. According to some, its active ingredient thymoquinone acts as an antioxidant and boosts the immune system. What is certain about this amazing remedy is that it causes apoptosis in cancer cells without damaging the immune system. We’re just surprised by the fact that modern medicine has only recognized its abilities in the last few decades, even though it’s been around for centuries.
Traditional medicine is right – black cumin seed and honey work together
It was also proven that black cumin seed oil is even more effective in combination with raw honey. This was discovered by a group of Egyptian scientists who had been studying the effect of this combination on oxidative stress and cancer by exposing rats to a strong carcinogen. They divided the rats into four groups, of which three were fed just black seed oil or honey and just one group was fed the combination of honey and black seed oil. 6 months later they compared results and discovered that the groups that was exposed to just black cumin seeds had 80% protection against oxidative stress and cancer while the group that was exposed to black cumin seeds and honey had 100% protection against oxidative stress, cancer formation and inflammation.
Black seeds oil is great for radiation treatment
Another study, from 2014, was conducted regarding the effects of black cumin oil on patients undergoing radiation therapy for cancer and came to amazing results. It’s known that many patients suffer serious side-effects from this treatment and the researchers wanted to learn if this oil can help them eliminate at least some of the side-effects. They conducted experiments on irradiated rats. The rats were first exposed to a single dose of gamma radiation. One group was given a gram of the oil an hour before radiation and received a 10 gr. dose for the next 10 days. The other group was given a saline solution. The control group was not irradiated. After the control period the researchers examined the data collected. It was discovered that black cumin seed oil reduces the oxidative stress markers and has potent antioxidant effects, augmenting the antioxidant capacity in the liver tissues of rats. So, administering the oil before radiation and for 10 days afterwards protected the rodents from the harmful radiation effects. The black seed oil protected the spleen, liver, brain and intestines from the harmful effects of radiation. The study proved that black cumin seeds oil can be effectively used for protection against radiation damage and biochemical alterations in patients undergoing radiation as part of their cancer treatment. It protects the immune system by eliminating free radicals and also serves as a powerful antioxidant. The scientists are hopeful that the oil can soon be used on humans as well and improve their quality of life.
The Black seeds interfere with uncontrolled cell growth and kill liver cancer cells
A study was conducted in 2013 in India examining the effects of black seed oil on liver cancer in rats. The rats were divided into two groups; one was given water with 0.01% thymoquinone while the other group drank just water. 4 months later they measured the liver cancer nodules, injury markers and tumor markers and compared results. The group which drank thymoquinone water had their tumor markers significantly shrunk and they hadn’t developed any new markers either. This study confirmed that black seed oil can be very effective against liver cancer, preventing cancer cells proliferation.
The black seed oil kills lung cells
Scientists from Saudi Arabia conducted a study in 2014 on the effects of black seed oil and its extract in lung cancer treatment. They exposed cancer cells to 0.01 mg/ml of the oil and 1mg/ml of the extract and compared results afterwards. It was discovered that both the extract and the oil significantly reduced the population of the living cancer cells and changed their cellular morphology.
Black Seed Components Kill Malignant Brain Cancer Cells
According to a study from 2013, published by a group of researchers from the Ohio State University glioblastoma was determined to be the most aggressive and most common type of malignant brain tumor in humans. Hence, they discovered the need for further and more extensive research into finding a better treatment strategy and possibly even a cure for this type of brain tumor. Since they were familiar with the powerful anti-cancer properties of black cumin seed oil their study was mainly focused on this natural remedy as a possible alternative therapy for glioblastoma. They discovered that thymoquinone, the active ingredient in black seed oil, has selective cytotoxic properties, which means that it has the ability to eliminate cancerous cells leaving healthy human cells intact.
The study focused on the inhibitory properties of thymoquinone and discovered that it can prevent cancer cells multiplication in the brain and spinal cord, while allowing the healthy cells to function properly. Black seed extract can also prevent the continued growth of cancer cells causing the tumor to regress and increasing the chances of survival of the affected organs.
All of these studies show promising results and pave the way towards new and exciting methods of cancer treatment. We just need to be persistent and not give up; the cure may have been right in front of us this entire time!