Nigella sativa, also known as black cumin, black seed, kalonji and haba al-barakah has been in the news lately due to being advertised as a weight-loss miracle oil. Nigella sativa was never meant to be used primarily for weight-loss, it is a miracle herb for MS, diabetes, migraines, asthma, hair loss and even as a parasite cleanser, but "weight-loss?" However Nigella sativa does have anti-inflammation properties and will increase your metabolism and even has some anorexia properties.
Nigella Sativa for Weight-Loss
Prophet Mohammad stated, "There is healing in Black Seed for all diseases except death.” Although when most think of this very important statement, few think of weight-loss as a disease, but it could be and is for many.
Various Recipes Available on the Web for Weight-Loss Using Nigella Sativa
If you believe first that Nigella sativa is a miracle herb and can heal all disease except death, then why is any other ingredient necessary? I will show you a few recipes people are using and then show you the case studies and how they helped people lose weight.
1. The man with the 6 pack abs and the woman on You Tube both used the same exact recipe.
He states to take this mixture 1/2 hour before breakfast and before sleep. This is exactly RIGHT! The directions here I agree with, but why cinnamon? What benefits does cinnamon have to increase your likelihood of success or is the cinnamon just used to improve the flavor of the drink?
The truth is cinnamon has many benefits and can be used to stabilize blood sugar and thus help with weight-loss. Read: Benefits of Cinnamon
2. Another website has a recipe they want you to use and I feel more and more are trying to step the recipe up a notch to ensure weight-loss and sell their own products. In this website, they are asking you to drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning and then swallow 3 to 5 mg of kalonji seeds. After that you are asked to eat some honey. Kalonji is a native seed to India. The best honey to use is raw honey and the best type of honey is Manuka honey, but not required.
Case Studies Involving Nigella Sativa and Weight-Loss
When considering which plan will grant you the ultimate weight loss consider what educational or government studies have reported. Sadly there are very few case studies on the effect of Nigella sativa and weight-loss. There were two studies reported -- One was in Jordan and another one in Indonesia. The one in Indonesia reported:
A double blinded, placebo controlled experimental clinical trial was carried out in Indonesia, on adult men with central obesity which aimed to study the efficacy of Nigella sativa in central on serum free testosterone, body weight, waist circumference, blood sugar, lipid, uric acid, adiponectin, hs-CRP, and side effects . A dose of 1.5 gm powder of Kalonji (in two capsules) was given twice a day for three months, which resulted highly significant reductions in body weight, waist circumference and systolic blood pressure, however reductions in fasting blood sugar, serum free testosterone, diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol-HDL, SGOT, SGPT, uric acid and hs-CRP were not significant probably due to smaller dose of Nigella sativa used in this trial.
The study used 1 1/2 grams of the seeds or approximately 3/4 teaspoons of ground seeds. In this group, no water, no cinnamon and certainly no lemon juice was used.
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