The seed that is dating back to approximately 3,300 years ago, found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen and known as the “seed of blessing” in the Arabic cultures, is the black seed. It is also known as black sesame, Roman coriander, black caraway, black cumin, and onion seed. There is a belief that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said that the black seed is “a remedy for all diseases except death.” It is also stated by certain studies that the black seed’s oil can hinder the cancer cell’s activity and can heal some type of cancer cells efficiently. However, it was not recognized by the modern medicine until recently. We will try to explain in this article why this seed is subdued by the drug industry and the political pressures that may be holding back tests on humans will be examined as well.
According to two studies conducted in China and Saudi Arabia in 2011 which reviewed literature on the use of the oil as a cancer treatment, the black cumin seed oil has been used as a natural cancer remedy for millennia. The oil and its extract have also been used against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and more.
The scientists also noted that the mechanism behind the anti-cancer properties of the black cumin seed oil is not understood. Some think that it’s all due to the antioxidant effects of thymoquinone and its ability to reinforce the immune system, but this claim hasn’t been supported by scientific evidence. Studies have shown that the oil induces apoptosis in cancer cells besides controlling the Apk pathway, which means that it controls cell survival throughout the body. And, although the oil has been used for millennia, modern medicine has only learned about it in the past few decades.
Black cumin seed oil and honey work together
The effect of honey and black cumin seed oil on oxidative stress and cancer has been studied by Egyptian scientists.They exposed 4 groups of rats to a strong carcinogen. Some rats were fed with black cumin, some were fed with honey and only one group was fed with a combination of the two ingredients. After 6 months, those groups of rats that were fed only with black cumin seed had 80% protection against oxidative stress and cancer formation but those rats that ate black seed and honey combined together had 100% protection against oxidative stress, inflammatory response, and cancer formation.
Black seeds oil is great for radiation treatment
A 2014 Turkish study researched how the oil can help to people on radiation treatment for cancer. They learned that many of these patients experience severe side effects during and after the treatment. The study explored the effects of the oil 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. When the data was analyzed, it showed 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.
In 2012, an Indian study explored the effects of the oil on mice exposed to gamma radiation. For the test, a group of normal and a group of tumor bearing mice were researched. The mice were given black seed extract before the radiation (100 mg. per 1 kg. of body weight). The black seed oil protected the spleen, liver, brain and intestines from the harmful effects of the radiation in both groups. This confirmed the protective effects of black cumin seed oil against radiation damage and biochemical alterations. The effect was due to the antioxidant properties of the seeds and their ability to hunt free radicals. This way, the black cumin seed extract can be used on human cancer patients who are receiving cancer radiation therapy, to subdue the harmful side effects, protect against oxidative stress in the normal issues, and essentially improve the life of the patients.
Black seeds inhibit uncontrolled cell growth and kill liver cancer cells
Another study conducted in India in 2013 examined the effects of thymoquinone in 2 groups of rats – the first group received 0.01% of thymoquinone water, while the other one was given plain water. In only 16 weeks, the liver cancer nodules, injury markers and tumor markers were significantly decreased in the first group, and the rats didn’t develop new cancer nodules as well. This confirms thymoquinone’s amazing role in treatment of liver cancer and its powerful ability to prevent the proliferation of cancer cells.
The black seed oil kills lung cells
It is well-known that black seed oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and because of that is used for treating many diseases in the traditional medicine. According to a group of Saudi Arabian scientists, black cumin seed oil and extract can be used for treating lung cancer. In a laboratory, they exposed the cancer cells to 0.01 mg/ml of the oil and 1mg/ml of the extract and evaluated the cells’ viability afterward. The results showed that the population of the living cancer cells was considerably reduced and their cellular morphology was changed. It was also concluded that the greater concentration of the oil or extract increased the level of cell death. The cells changed and become smaller.
Brain Cancer Cells Stand No Chance? Against Black Cumin Seed Oil
An Ohio State University from 2013 suggested that glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor in humans. The scientists stated that there’s need for additional therapies for glioblastoma, and the study focused on thymoquinone due to its powerful anti-cancer properties. Thymoquinone targets the cancer cells specifically without harming the healthy cells.
The study also looked at how thymoquinone inhibits the cancer cells of the brain and spinal cord and make clones of themselves without harming the normal cellular activity in the brain. The black cumin seed extract inhibits autophagy as well. Autophagy in cancer cells allows them continued growth by maintaining their cellular energy production, so when this get cut off, cancer cells are no longer able to grow. This shows that thymoquinone and black cumin seed oil are indeed a potential natural cancer cure.