Buy black seed oil, which is made from the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant, and you may get relief from allergies, inflammatory skin conditions, blood sugar and cholesterol problems, weight loss and more. But the evidence is limited, and side effects aren’t well-documented. Before you try it, talk to your doctor and mention any other medications or supplements you’re taking.
The plant contains thymoquinone, which may have cancer-fighting properties, and studies show it can help stop the spread of certain cancer cells in rats. But more research is needed to see if this benefits people, says Cleveland Clinic’s Chair of Wellness & Preventive Medicine Robert Saper, MD, MPH.
Black seed oil has a strong flavor that’s often described as similar to cumin or oregano, and it can be ingested in capsule form or used topically. Those who choose to swallow it should do so on an empty stomach. If you’re applying it to your skin, it’s best to mix it with another strongly flavored ingredient like honey or lemon juice.
If you’re combining it with blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin (Coumadin), black seed oil might interfere and cause bleeding. It’s also not recommended for children or pregnant women. It’s possible that it can interfere with some antidepressants and birth control pills, too. If you’re concerned, ask your doctor for personalized dosing recommendations. Buy black seed oil