A quick search online will reveal a lot of bloggers and vloggers touting the weight-loss benefits of black cumin seed oil. While the seeds (Nigella sativa) themselves aren’t all that exciting, the oil is rich in many important nutrients and boasts a host of anti-inflammatory properties that could help you slim down while reducing inflammation in your body.
Nigella sativa, also known as black cumin, is an ancient plant that produces the seeds you’ll find in black cumin seed oil. It’s native to Southwest Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean region and was even found in the tomb of King Tut.
In addition to its traditional use as an herbal remedy and condiment, the oil is praised for its many therapeutic and skin-protective properties. Among its most notable is its ability to treat fungal infections and blemishes, stimulate the immune system, soothe inflammation and promote skin cell regeneration.
When applied topically, the oil is reputed to hydrate and smooth the skin with a nourishing effect. It’s also known to address rheumatism and ease joint pain and muscle aches.
The antioxidants in the oil are believed to reduce the risk of certain chronic illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, as well as cancers like blood and lung cancers. The oil’s anti-inflammatory effects are also linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.