Several scientific studies examine the effectiveness of thymoquinone from black cumin seeds for cancer treatment. A study in the 2010 issue of “Nutrition and Cancer” shows that thymoquinone promotes anti-inflammatory effects, inhibits cancer cell growth and proliferation and even causes cell death in cancer cells. This study was mostly performed in cell cultures, but the results encouraged further examination of thymoquinone in clinical trials involving the human population.
Black cumin seeds can offer benefits as an anti-bacterial One study examined the effects of black cumin seeds against the bacterial infection of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA. This study, published in the July-August issue of the “Journal of Ayub Medical College,” showed that black cumin seeds offered an inhibitory effect against several strains of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
There is scientific evidence stating that administration of black cumin seeds can offer anti-convulsive benefits. According to a study published in the “Medical Science Monitor,” more than 15% of childhood epilepsy cases are resistant to treatment even though anti-epilepsy medications are widely available.
According to Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, just two grams of black seed on a daily basis could result in reduced fasting blood sugar levels, along with decreased insulin resistance and increased beta-cell function in the pancreas.
Extract from black seed has been shown to possess heart-protective qualities, dampening damages associated with heart attacks and boosting overall heart health.
A few studies have linked a thymoquinone extract from Nigella sativa to reduced breast cancer tumor growth and increased apoptosis (cell death) in breast cancer
A study published in Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology indicates black seed is able to dampen and reverse damage to the brain sparked by lead toxicity.