Nigella Seeds - Cure All Disease Except Death

Black seed (Nigella Sativa) is popularly known as Kalonji in Indian homes. This herb has been traditionally known for its numerous healing properties. The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds. In addition to what is believed to be the primary active ingredient, crystalline nigellone, black cumin seeds contain: thymoquinone, beta sitosterol, myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous. According to an Arab proverb, nigella sativa is quoted as having the ability to cure all disease except death.

Anti-Cancer: Black cumin or Kalonji is also used in conjunction with cancer treatment. It has shown to increase bone cell marrow production by up to 250% and inhibit tumour growth by as much as 50%. Kalonji stimulates the bone marrow to increase the production of interferon, and protect the normal cells against harmful effects of viruses, destroy tumour cells and increases the number of anti-bodies that produce B cells. 
Researchers at the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory in South Carolina found that black cumin helps stimulate the activity of neutrophil granulocytes, the most abundant type of white blood cell in the body, which are responsible for targeting cancer cells and eliminating them before they can develop into tumors. 
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have discovered that an extract of nigella sativa seed oil, known as thymoquinone, can remedy one of the most virulent and difficult to treat cancers: pancreatic cancer. The extract does this by blocking pancreatic cell growth, and actually enhancing the built-in cellular function that causes programmed cell death, or apoptosis. 
Cell studies have found that black seed extract compares favorably to the chemoagent 5-fluoruracil in the suppression of colon cancer growth, but with a far higher safety profile. Animal research has found that black seed oil has significant inhibitory effects against colon cancer in rats, without observable side effects. 
Studies have shown that regularly taking black cumin or black cumin oil can help prevent the growth and spread of colon cancer cells, but the seed is also useful in preventing and treating many other types of cancer as well.

Asthma & Allergies: Kalonji is one of the best herbal remedy for respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies. It helps in the synthesis of prostaglandin E1 that suppresses the release of allergic messenger agents and boosts up the immune system. In a Munich study doctors had 70% of patients who had various allergies (including dust, mold, asthma, and neuro dermatitis) recover with no symptoms after using Black Cumin.  A study at Harvard University showed that you will see best results in the treatment of these problems with continued use of 3-4 drops of Kalonji per meal for six months or more.

Immune System: In 1986, Dr. El-Kadi and Dr. Kandil conducted a study with human volunteers to test the efficiency of black seed as a natural immune enhancer. The first group of volunteers were given black seed capsules (1 gram twice daily) for four weeks and the second group were given a placebo. A complete lymphocyte count was done in all volunteers before and four weeks after administration of black seed and the placebo which showed that the majority of people who took black seed displayed a 72% increase in helper to suppresser T-cells ratio, as well as an increase in natural killer cell functional activity. The control group who received the placebo experienced a net decline in ratio of 7%. They said, "These findings may be of great practical significance since a natural immune enhancer like the black seed could play an important role in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and other disease conditions associated with immune deficiency states." Many other studies have determined the effect of Kalonji in enhancing immune system especially in immune compromised patients.

Diabetes: According to College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, two grams of black seed a day resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects.

According to the reference page for black cumin, the seed has been scientifically confirmed as being:

• Analgesic (pain-killing)
• Antibacterial
• Anti-inflammatory
• Anti-ucler
• Anti-cholinergic
• Anti-fungal
• Anti-hypertensive
• Antioxidant
• Antispasmodic
• Antiviral
• Bronchodilator
• Gluconeogenesis inhibitor (anti-diabetic)
• Hepatoprotective (liver protecting)
• Hypotensive
• Insulin sensitizing
• Interferon inducer
• Renoprotective (kidney protecting)
• Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor