Black seed oil, sometimes better known as nigella sativa, is not only renowned for its potential health benefits but also flies under the radar compared to many other natural supplements.
Typically this site focuses on more common foods and supplements that you can find on most store shelves (when they’re not empty – see here for more on that) but black seed oil seems to have so many potential benefits that it is worthwhile to take a look into them.
COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive lung disease that typically manifests in symptoms such as shortness of breath and coughing. COPD is a long-term respiratory ailment and, as such, is frustrating at the least and debilitating at the worst.
It is known as a treatable disease, so the question is: can black seed oil help in a treatment program?
Researchers from Al-Ayen University in Iraq and Zagazig University, Menoufia University, and University of Sadat City in Egypt collaborated on a randomized, controlled double-blind study to examine whether or not the addition of black seed oil to a COPD treatment program would result in any benefits to the COPD patient.
Their results, published in the journal Heliyon in August 2020, shed light on some potential benefits to COPD sufferers.
They sought to determine whether black seed oil would have a beneficial impact on three markers in COPD patients: pulmonary function tests (PFTs), inflammation, and oxidant-antioxidant markers.
To do so, they randomly divided a group of 100 COPD patients into two groups. Both groups would receive standard medication, but one group would receive black seed oil in addition to the medication.
The good news for black seed oil fans is that all three areas showed improvement in the black seed oil group over both the control group who received the medication only, as well as over the baseline.
This includes not only improvements in PFTs versus the control group and baseline, but also significant decreases in both inflammation and oxidants, which are obviously important for most people, not just those with COPD.
So while this is great news, you may not want to run out and stock up on black seed oil just yet.
For one thing, as with all studies, replicating the results is always helpful and/or necessary. Additionally, while it is great that this was a randomized, controlled, double-blind study, the number of patients studied could be considered somewhat small. So a larger group covering a cross-section of patients across a wide variety of age, gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds would also be very helpful in establishing these results.
With all that said, this was a randomized, controlled, double-blind study which is considered the gold standard so its results should be taken seriously. Serious enough to talk with your doctor to see if black seed oil supplementation might be a safe and helpful addition to your COPD treatment plan.
It cannot be stressed enough that this article does not posit black seed oil as a cure for COPD or anything else. This is food for thought and discussion with your licensed health care practitioner only. That is where it should be determined what should or shouldn’t be be added to your treatment plan, what is safe, and in what amounts. No such recommendations are being made here.
So if you suffer from COPD, be sure to take this information to your doctor and see if black seed oil might be right for you!
Here’s to your pursuit of great!
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