Black Seed Oil

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted. I’ve had a mostly good autumn and have been busy homeschooling our three kiddos (Kinder, 3rd, and 5th grades). As far as treatments go, I’m taking Tukysa, a relatively new oral med that targets the HER2 receptors as well as going in for Herceptin injections every 3 weeks. The Tukysa caused systemic hives so I took a break and re-tried it and it’s going better this go around. My oncologist would like me to complete 3 months of it if possible and then re-scan to see if there’s still no evidence of disease.

In the meantime, I’m still going with my repurposed meds and supplements to treat any remaining cancer cells metabolically. One supplement I added in at the beginning of this year at the suggestion of Jane McLelland (author of How to Starve Cancer) that I wanted to highlight for you all is black seed oil. What is black seed oil? I’m glad you asked! Black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of Nigella sativa, a plant that is native to Southwest Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe. This shrub also produces fruit with tiny black seeds. Commonly referred to simply as black seed, N. sativa seeds go by many other names, including black cumin, black caraway, nigella, fennel flower, and Roman coriander. One of its key components is thymoquinone (TQ), a compound with antioxidant properties. Black seed oil has a long history of use dating back over 2000 years. Supposedly, both the oil and the seeds were even discovered in the Tomb of King Tutankhamen and it has been used as an “anti-cancer” agent by Unani, Ayurveda and the Chinese system of medicine for thousands of years.

So what do oils found in the tomb of a mummy have to do with me? As I already mentioned, the oil has potent antioxidant properties but studies have also shown it can help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and much more. As with any supplement, there is always a risk of it interacting with other medications or causing an allergic reaction so please speak to your trusted medical professionals and do your research before adding in any new supplements, regardless of how “natural” they are.

I found a number of promising medical journal articles regarding black seed oil and wanted to share them with you. If these articles overwhelm you, read the “abstract” at the beginning and “conclusion” at the end for the cliff notes versions!

Anticancer Activities of Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin)

Recent advances on the anti-cancer properties of Nigella sativa, a widely used food additive

the arrows indicate what cell signaling pathways black seed oil up or down regulates

Blackseed (Nigella sativa) Oil and its Active Ingredient, Thymoquinone, Suppress the Aggressive Phenotype of Breast Cancer Cells

Anti-tumor properties of blackseed (Nigella sativa L.) extracts

If you read through any of those links, you’ll realize the benefit black seed oil offer, specifically for cancers. This article highlights some of the other health benefits offered by black seed oil in addition to the anti-cancer benefits:

The Health and Beauty Benefits of Black Seed Oil

I’m sure your next question might be where to find it or what brand to buy. I’ve personally purchased three brands from Amazon and I have been incredibly pleased with all of them. I prefer the oil rather than gel capsules because I already take so many pills I’d rather just take a swig of the oil. HOWEVER, the oil is potent and I could see where it may cause some indigestion for people with very sensitive stomaches. I personally take a small swig then a sip of water and drink it down. I do have the capsules for when we travel because I don’t want to deal with a bottle of oil while traveling. So that all being said, the products below are all ones I have used and trust. If you do buy an oil, be sure it is in a GLASS container, preferably one with amber glass as it will degrade any plastic container and shouldn’t be in clear glass.

My personal favorite. This product offers one of the highest levels of TQ per tsp (you pay for what you get).

Another brand I’ve used and loved which also had higher levels of TQ than other brands.

Black seed oil capsules I use when I travel.

As always, I hope this information is helpful, informative, and gives you hope!

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