Author: Faheema Mahomed Ali
Date: 14 October 2022
abbat Al Barakah- Seed of Blessing
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said; “Black seed is a cure for all diseases except death.” (Al Bukhari).
Black seed contains over 100 healing components. Black seed has immunomodulatory properties and can act as an antihistamine. This helps in the management of chronic allergies. Black seed is particularly effective in treating respiratory ailments such as asthma. Black seed is also a powerful antioxidant and successfully protects the body against free radicals.
Black seed also improves digestion and metabolism. It has anti-bacterial, anti- viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties and can be used as a natural de-wormer. Its consumption helps in disposing worms and parasites from the digestive tract.
Black seed is also a good source of essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids cannot be produced in our bodies and must be obtained from our diets. Black seed contains various vitamins and minerals. These together with essential fatty acids are important for the functioning of the nervous system, hormone production, regulation of blood pressure and supports healthy skin.
Black seed and its oil contains sterols which inhibit cancer cell activity. Studies have shown that thymoquinone, a phytochemical compound found in black seed, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can assist the immune system in fighting against a variety of cancers. It has also been discovered in a 2011 scientific study that these anti-inflammatory properties can be used to manage pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Black seed has also been found to assist in lowering blood glucose levels in diabetic patients and efficiently regulates blood glucose levels. Black seed also regulates blood pressure. The health and medicinal properties of black seed are numerous and is currently one of the most researched plants in the scientific and medical community.