When most people think of seed oils, they think of obesity, heart attacks, and cancer. Funny enough, there is one called black seed oil that has many health benefits.
Seed oils are generally bad for you, however, this specific type has been shown to provide medical benefits.
Black seed oil is an extract from the Nigella Sativa, a plant native to Southwest Asia.
These seeds have been used in traditional medicine all around the world for all sorts of sicknesses and diseases, such as skin disorders and digestive issues.
1: Reduced High Blood Pressure
Blackseed oil has been shown to help lower high blood pressure. A 2016 study cited four studies that supported this claim.
Another study from 2013 showed that adults who took .5 of a teaspoon of black seed oil twice a day showed a significant improvement in high blood pressure in 8 weeks.
Scientists don’t know why black seed oil lowers blood pressure, however, the general suspicion is due to its high thymoquinone content.
2: Reduces Acne
You don’t have to just drink this oil, you can rub it on your skin to reduce inflammation and acne.
A skin cleanser containing just 20% black seed oil extract has been found to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating acne breakouts.
In a 2010 study, 97% of participants who used a skin cleanser with 20% black seed oil extract saw a little over half of their acne disappear, compared to benzoyl peroxide users (a common skin cleanser).
In the study, the black seed oil group also reported fewer negative side effects such as itching and irritation when compared with the benzoyl peroxide group.
3: Helps With Weight Loss
Research has found that black seed oil may also help reduce your bodyfat. It aids with weight loss well, and should help you burn fat. It’s not clear to scientisits why this occcurs.
In a 2015 study, obese women took 3 grams of black seed oil every day in addition to a low calorie caloric defecit. These women lost more weight than the placebo group who followed the exact same caloric deficit diet.
A 2018 study of black seed oils effects on weight loss showed that the supplement can help you lose an average of 4.4 pounds, or 2.1 kilograms.
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4: Lowers Cholesterol
Black seed oil has been shown to reduce cholestorol in our bodies. This is becasue it is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which lowerst the bad kind of cholestorol in our bodies, and boost the good kind.
The same study as mentioned earlier of obese women who took 3 grams of black seed oil per day, showed that their bad cholestorol (or LDL’s) were significantly lower when compared with the placebo group. Note that these groups were all following the same low calorie deficit.
Another 2015 study shows that diabetic participants (type 2) who took 3 grams of black seed oil per day also saw a great reduction in their LDLs.
5: Increases Fertility In Men
Some research shows that black seed oil can also improve sperm count in men diagnosed with infertility. A 2014 study shows that infertile males who took 2.5 ml of black seed oil every day for two months saw a huge increase in sperm count.
Black seed oil quite literally makes you more of a man. Of course, there are other things you should be doing such as lifting weights and getting jacked, along with eating testosterone boosting foods. Those will improve your testosterone and fertility more than black seed oil, but every little bit helps. Check out a list of other supplements that will help take your gains to the next level.
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