People traditionally use black seed oil to improve inflammation, allergies, immune defense, and weight loss. Despite being touted as a “miraculous herb,” many of its traditional uses have not been validated by proper scientific studies. Read on to learn more about the purported benefits of black seed.
Nigella sativa, commonly known as black seed, is a flowering plant native to South Asia.
Altough black seed is also sometimes called black cumin (or black cumin seed), it shouldn’t be confused with regular cumin (Cuminum cyminum) that belongs to an entirely different plant family.
Any mention of black seed or black cumin in this post refers specifically to Nigella sativa.
Black seed has been traditionally used for various health conditions, but most of its purported benefits lack scientific evidence and rely only on findings from cell culture or lab animals.
Additionally, black seed supplements have not been approved by the FDA for medical use. In general, dietary supplements lack solid clinical research. Regulations set manufacturing standards for supplements but don’t guarantee that they’re safe or effective. Speak with your doctor before supplementing.