What is Black Cumin Seed Extract?
Black Cumin Seed Extract is a synergistic blend of tocotrienols (a type of vitamin E) and black cumin seed oil (Nigella sativa). The seeds of Nigella sativa have been used for thousands of years as a traditional remedy for a wide range of health concerns, including support for digestive function, promotion of proper blood pressure, and healthy skin. Research suggests that tocotrienols may offer some defense against oxidative stress (cell damage), help maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, promote healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, and facilitate a healthy inflammatory response.
What are the benefits of Black Cumin Seed Extract?
The primary compound in black cumin seed oil (thymoquinone) has antioxidant properties that may support a proper inflammatory response, promote a healthy immune system, and improve digestive function. It may also support skin health, and the maintenance of liver, kidney, and bone health. Research suggests that tocotrienols play a role in protecting cells from damage, providing defense against oxidative stress, and may help to maintain healthy cholesterol, triglyceride, blood sugar and insulin levels.
What is the recommended dose?
The recommended dose is two capsules, twice per day.
When should I take it?
This supplement should be taken with meals, at breakfast and dinner.
Can it be taken with thyroid medications?
Black Cumin Seed has been found to reduce TSH.* (2) Testing your thyroid hormone levels every 30-90 days to see if a medication adjustment is needed, is recommended. Black Cumin Seed Extract should be taken at least 30 to 60 minutes away from thyroid medications.
How long can I take Black Cumin Seed Extract for?
Black Cumin Seed Extract can be taken for three months to two years.
Are there any side effects that I should be aware of when taking Black Cumin Seed Extract?
Black Cumin Seed Extract may cause abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and increase the risk of bleeding.
Consult with a physician before use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Discontinue use at least two weeks prior to undergoing surgery.
For best results, this product should not be taken within six hours of taking a vitamin E supplement containing D-alpha tocopherol.
Avoid if taking the following medications: alkylating agents, anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs, antitumor antibiotics, blood thinners, cyclosporine, cytochrome P450 substrates (3A4), and/or selumetinib.
- Natural Medicines Therapeutic Research Collaboration. https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/. Accessed March 1, 2022.
- Farhangi M, Dehghan P, Tajmiri S, Abbasi M. The effects of Nigella sativa on thyroid function, serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)-1, Nesfatin-1 and anthropometric features in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2016; 16: 471. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1432-2