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Black cumin seed oil is obtained from a small plant that comes from Southwest Asia, the Middle East, southern Europe, and North Africa. This plant produces tiny fruits from which oil is extracted and it has been used for more than 2,000 years due to its multiple benefits.

This plant is rich in antioxidants that are extremely important for health as they help protect cells against damage caused by unstable molecules called cell free radicals.

Moreover, antioxidants have been shown to help reduce inflammation and protect the body against illness such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, as this oil is rich in thymoquinone, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Besides, this oil can protect brain health and help in the treatment of different types of cancer since it strengthens the immune system.

Black seeds and black cumin seed oil may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatments for different types of cancer, as they contain different active nutritional ingredients such as thymoquinone, which has been tested in patients and in laboratory studies. One of the main benefits of this seed is the reduction of fever and infections due to low neutrophil count in pediatric brain cancers, the reduction of toxicity side effect related to methotrexate (chemotherapy) in leukemia and a better response in patients with breast cancer treated with tamoxifen therapy.

Due to its high concentration of thymoquinone, omega 3 and carotenoids, cumin seeds could work as complementary foods that help us prevent cancer. These essential nutrients help protect cells against damage caused by oxidative stress and also help remove toxins. Therefore, they can also be useful to reduce the risk of suffering some cancers such as lung, kidney, prostate, liver, colon or skin.

When our body is attacked by cancer, it is important to start immunotherapy treatments and start adapting different lifestyles to improve our health. For example, regarding a new diet, it is advisable to supplement the diet with some natural products such as black cumin seed oil, which is an excellent helper in the fight against cancer because it is one of the natural supplements that has extensive preclinical data in cancer cell lines and animal models.

In the same way, it is advisable to consult with an immunotherapy specialist on issues related to the consumption of this product, since it is important to personalize nutrition for cancer treatments and specific treatment to obtain the benefits of nutrition.

Reference: Cogle, C. R, 2022, 15th June, Aceite de semilla negra: aplicaciones en cánceres tratados con quimioterapia y efectos secundarios, https://addon.life/es/2020/11/23/black-seed-chemo-side-effect/

 – McGrane, M. K. S.,2021, 27th September, Aceite de semilla negra: Beneficios, dosis y efectos secundarios. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/es/aceite-de-semilla-negra

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