Black Cumin (also known as jinten hitam) possesses a number of health benefits under its name. This traditional herb is popular, even dating back as far as the times of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. Hippocrates was fond of using it for digestive troubles, while Prophet Muhammad deemed it as “a cure for any disease except death”. That is why, we also opt for this herb to be featured in our Relief Sari line, as its benefits are surely rewarding to your health. Below, we have listed a number of benefits this traditional herb can do to your health if consumed routinely.
1. Supports and boosts immune health
Black cumin is unique in its way of supporting the immune system. It contains antioxidants, beneficial acids and B-vitamins and supports the immune system, but acts different than herbs like elderberry or echinacea that require caution for those with autoimmune disease. Black cumin seem to balance the immune system; increasing immune function but not encouraging immune reactions against the body’s healthy tissue. It also has been used in alternative HIV protocols for years.
2. Relieves asthma and allergies
Multiple studies have found that black cumin has anti-asthmatic effects and depending on the cause of asthma, it was sometimes more effective than conventional treatment. Black cumin dilates the bronchial tubes, which helps improve asthma and other lung and bronchial-based health concerns. The same properties make it beneficial for relieving allergies for many people.
3. Defends against cancer
Black cumin has been impressive in the treatment of cancer. It appears that Thymoquinone takes the lead as the most powerful anticancer and antitumor component of this oil, as it boosts the ability of key immune cells to identify, hunt down, and destroy infected or cancerous cells. A study actually showed a significant increase in the activity of the immune cells responsible for searching out and killing cancer cells after black cumin supplementation.
4. Decreases inflammation
Inflammation is often caused by free radicals. Luckily, antioxidants found in nutrients protect us from cell damage caused by them. Black cumin is a powerful antioxidant that scavenges the free radicals, leading to less inflammation, less chance of disease, and slower aging.
5. Strengthens the gut and aids digestion
Black cumin lowers acid levels in the gut and strengthens the delicate layer of mucus that lines the stomach, preventing ulcers and protecting from damaging toxins like alcohol and stress. It also decreases inflammation in the gut, which prevents leaky gut, bloating, stomach pain, and other digestive issues. Black cumin is also sometimes used as remedies for intestinal parasites.