Nigella oil inhibits the activity of cancer cells and can even kill certain types of cancer cells. Scientific research has shown that black cumin oil (Nigella sativa) is an effective treatment for cancer in animal studies, and can be as effective as anti-cancer drugs for certain types of cancer.
Thymoquinone, the active principle of seeds of black seed, has considerable virtues for various inflammatory diseases, including liver cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, cancer of the cervix, cancer of the neck, breast, bone cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, prostate cancer, colon cancer and brain cancer.
Despite several decades of very positive research on the use of oil nigella against cancer, researchers have rarely advanced their work in human clinical trials, although the benefits are innumerable and the risk of negative side effects are extremely low.
The use of oil nigella for the prevention and treatment of cancer is effective against many forms of cancer. However, black cumin oil has still not been recognized as beneficial by conventional medicine.
The seeds of nigella have been used to treat cancer for thousands of years
In two separate studies in 2011, Chinese researchers and Saudi researchers claimed that black cumin oil has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Nigella oil and thymoquinone are effective against many diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular complications, diabetes, asthma, kidney diseases, etc. Thymoquinone is a safe and effective agent against cancer of the blood, lungs, liver, prostate, breast, cervix and skin.
These researchers have noted that the molecular mechanisms behind its anti-cancer role are not yet well understood. However, some studies have shown that thymoquinone plays an antioxidant role and improves the body’s defense system. Nigella oil induces apoptosis, which means that it helps the body systematically eliminate old cells, unnecessary cells, and diseased cells (such as cancer cells) without the release of toxins into the body. It also controls the process that manages cell survival for normal and cancer cells.
Nigel seeds and honey, a remedy of oriental folk medicine
Egyptian researchers have studied the protective effect of honey and seeds of nigelle on the oxidative stress and cancer that was created by the exposure of rats to a strong carcinogen. Once the four groups of rats were exposed to the carcinogen, some groups received seeds of Nigel or honey, and another group received black seeds and honey. The rats were evaluated after 6 months. Rats that ate seeds of Nigel had 80% protection against oxidative stress and cancer formation. While rats who ate a daily dose of honey and black seeds were 100% protected against oxidative stress, inflammatory responses, and cancer formation.
Nigel seed is an important aid to radiation treatments
In a 2014 study, Turkish researchers reported how oil of nigella could be useful for people who receive radiation therapy for cancer. They reported that many cancer patients treated with radiotherapy have severe side effects during and after treatment. This study examined the effects of irradiation and the addition of nigella oil on the liver tissues of irradiated rats. Data analysis shows that Nigella oil reduces markers of oxidative stress and has anti-oxidant effects, which also increase the antioxidant capacity in the liver tissue of rats. Thus, the use of oil Nigel before radiotherapy, and for 10 days after, protected rats from some of the harmful effects of radiation.
In another 2012 study in India, scientists investigated the effect of using a black seed extract on mice exposed to gamma radiation. A group of normal mice and a group of tumor-bearing mice were tested. This experiment was performed to mimic the human clinical setting where the normal tissues of cancer patients are exposed to the harmful effects of radiotherapy.
The mice received seed extract from Nigel before being exposed to gamma radiation. They received 100 mg of black seed extract for 1 kg of body weight. The results showed that seed extract from Nigel protected the liver, spleen, brain and intestines from gamma irradiation damage in both normal and tumor-bearing mice. The researchers concluded that the liquid seed extract of Nigel has protective effects against radiation-induced damage and biochemical alterations. They attributed this protective effect to the ability of the extract to trap free radicals and its antioxidant properties.
Thus, seed extract from Nigel could be used with human cancer patients who undergo radiation therapy to protect them against oxidative stress in normal tissues, and mitigate other undesirable side effects of radiotherapy. This could improve the quality of life of cancer patients.
Nigella seeds interfere with the uncontrolled growth of cells and kill liver cancer