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.
This oil has been used as cancer treatment for millennia
The anti-cancer properties of the black seed’s oil were confirmed by two separate studies in 2011(Chinese and Saudi Arabian).While reviewing the literature on the usage of black seed oil as a cancer treatment, they found out that this seed has been used as traditional cancer remedy. The oil and its extract can effectively treat many diseases, including various types of cancer, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, cardiovascular issues etc.
Scientists can not completely understand how this seed heals cancer. It is suggested by some studies that the immune system is reinforced by the thymoquinone which has an antioxidant role. It is known for sure that it induces apoptosis in cancer cells, without compromising the immunity. It has control over the Akt pathway, which means that it controls the cell survival of all cells in the body, healthy and cancerous.
Traditional medicine is right – black cumin seed 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
People that are exposed to a radiation treatment for cancer, during and after the treatment, experience severe side effects. Because of the anti-cancer properties of the black cumin seed oil, in 2014, Turkish scientists made a research in which they showed how this seed can help in the radiation treatment for cancer.
The effects of the oil were explored on irradiated rats. First, they were exposed to a single dose of gamma radiation. One group received a gram of the oil an hour before radiation and was given a 10 gr. the dose for the next 10 days. The other group received a saline solution.
The control group was not exposed to a radiation. After analyzing the data, it was noted that black cumin seed oil can reduce the oxidative stress markers and has powerful antioxidant effects, increasing the antioxidant capacity in the liver tissues of rats.
An Indian study, conducted in 2012, confirmed that the black cumin seed has protective effects against radiation damage and biochemical alterations.
Black cumin seed oil was given to normal and tumor bearing mice before they were exposed to gamma radiation(100 mg. per 1 kg. of body weight). In both groups, this oil, because of its antioxidant properties, protected the brain, intestines, spleen and liver from the harmful effects of the radiation.
This way, the black seed oil can improve the life of the human cancer patients who are receiving cancer radiation therapy because it will subdue the harmful effects of the radiation
The Black seeds interfere with uncontrolled cell growth and kill liver cancer cells
According to a study, conducted in 2013 in India, thymoquinone is very beneficial in the treatment of liver cancer and in the prevention of proliferation of cancer cells. That was proven by conducting an experiment with two groups of rats.
The first one was given to drink plain water and the second one was given 0.01% thymoquinone water. The group that drank water with thymoquinone had decreased tumor markers and did not develop new cancer nodules as well, which confirmed the beneficial role of thymoquinone.
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.
Black Seed Components Kill Malignant Brain Cancer Cells
According to a study conducted by scientists at the Ohio State University in 2013, the most aggressive and most common type of malignant brain tumor in humans is the glioblastoma. It was concluded that , for the treatment of this type of brain tumor, there was a need of thymoquinone – a natural phytochemical with strong tumor killing abilities.
It has selective cytotoxic properties for human cells, which means that it kills the cancer cells and leaves the normal ones untouched.
Thymoquinone is able to selectively inhibit the cancer cells of the brain and spinal cord to make clones of themselves, while not impeding the normal cell activity in the brain and spinal cord. The black seed extract can also hinder autophagy genes in cancer cells.
Autophagy in cancer cells keeps the cellular energy production thus enabling the continued growth of cancer cells. If the energy production is inhibited it will result in regression of the tumor and will extend the survival of the tumor affected organs. All things considered, thymoquinone provides a new exciting strategy for cancer treatment.