For centuries, black seed oil has been touted as a remedy for many ailments. Its purported health benefits include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting properties, as well as heart health support, better digestion and healthy skin & hair. It was even found in King Tut’s tomb! While there’s still limited scientific research on these claims, some studies suggest that black seed may help treat conditions like eczema, asthma and diabetes.
Thymoquinone, the most active component of black seed oil, has been shown to cause apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells and to prevent cell growth. Researchers have also found that black seed oil has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and can help reduce swelling from rheumatoid arthritis.
Black seed oil has been used to treat inflammatory skin disorders, including eczema and psoriasis. One study found that a topical application of black seed oil was as effective as steroid cream in treating eczema symptoms, and that it had similar results for people with severe psoriasis.
In addition, black seed oil can help to naturally lower blood pressure, according to a 2019 clinical trial. However, if you take medications to lower your blood pressure, such as amlodipine (Norvasc), taking black seed oil could interfere with this medication.
When purchasing black seed oil in supplement form, look for 100 percent pure therapeutic grade or USDA certified organic options. The FDA does not test supplements, so it’s important to be vigilant about purchasing quality products.