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Blessed Sunnah Black Seed

Black Seed could play an important role in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and other immune deficiency states.

Effects on the Immune System

Several studies point to the effect of black seed and thymoquinone on the immune system by modulating the levels of pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators. Thymoquinone has also been shown to inhibit inflammation and oxidative stress in cells. The seeds have been shown to produce an increase in the ratio of helper to suppressor T cells and enhance natural killer cell activity in healthy volunteers. Because thymoquinone has dual anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, it may be an instrument which not only prevents the direct harmful effects of oxidants, but it may essentially alter the underlying inflammatory processes that play an important role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.

In the field of AIDS research, human clinical trials conducted at the Department of Biological and Medical Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia showed that Black Seed enhanced the ratio between helper T-cell by 55% with a 30% enhancement of NK cell activity. These findings suggest that Black Seed could play an important role in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and other immune deficiency states.

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Houghton PJ, Zarka R, de las Heras B, et al. Fixed oil of Nigella sativa and derived thymoquinone inhibit eicosanoid generation in leukocytes and membrane lipid peroxidation. Planta Med. 1995 Feb;61(1):33-6.

Mansour MA, Nagi MN, El-Khatib AS, et al. Effects of thymoquinone on antioxidant enzyme activities, lipid peroxidation and DT-diaphorase in different tissues of mice: a possible mechanism of action. Cell Biochem Funct. 2002 Jun;20(2):143-51.