Never get radiation therapy without this seed


Acta Sci Pol Technol Aliment. Jul-Sep 2019;18(3):257-268.

 doi: 10.17306/J.AFS.0671.

Effect of microwave radiation on the antioxidant activity of black cumin seed

Jewel Hossen 


Background: Black cumin seed contains considerable amounts of bioactive phenolics that have physiological activity and antioxidant potency, which may be boosted by microwave radiation.The core objective of the study was to evaluate the influence of microwave radiation on the antioxidant activity of cumin seed as a function of pretreatment time and extract concentration.

Results: Microwave pretreatment significantly reduced the TFC with the pretreatment time. Antioxidant activity increased with increasing pretreatment time and extract concentration in all extracts.Aqueous methanolic extract from radiated seeds appeared to display the highest effectiveness. The results from FT-IR of ex- tracts indicating the existence of multiple functional groups were comparable to those obtained from multiple antioxidative assays. The antioxidant effectiveness of the samples was ranked: CMW > CEW > CME > CEE.

Conclusions: Both treatment duration and extract concentration were found to be critical factors in determining the overall quality of the product. The present study revealed important information for using black cumin seed in developing food products with high antioxidant potency.


Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2010 Jun;32(2):284-96. doi: 10.3109/08923970903307552.

Radioprotective effects of black seed (Nigella sativa) oil against hemopoietic damage and immunosuppression in gamma-irradiated rats

Mohamed E Assayed 1DOI: 10.3109/08923970903307552


Background and aim: Sixty male Wistar rats, divided into 4 groups, 15 each, were designed as I-control rats, II-rats orally intubated with Nigella sativa oil (1 ml/kg b.wt./day) for 5 days/week, III-whole body gamma irradiated rats with the estimated LD50/30 (4 Gray) and IV-rats daily intubated with Nigella sativa oil then subjected to whole body gamma irradiation, to investigate the radioprotective potential of Nigella crude oil against hemopoietic adverse effects of gamma irradiation.

Results: Irradiation resulted in significant reduction in hemolysin antibodies titers and delayed type hypersensitivity reaction of irradiated rats, in addition to significant leukopenia and significant decrease in plasma total protein and globulin concentrations and depletion of lymphoid follicles of spleen and thymus gland. Furthermore, there was a significant increase in malondialdehyde concentration with a significant decrease in plasma glutathione peroxidase, catalase and erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activities were recorded. Oral administration of Nigella sativa oil before irradiation considerably normalized all the above-mentioned criteria; and produced significant regeneration in spleen and thymus lymphoid follicles.

Conclusion: Our results strongly recommend Nigella sativa oil as a promising natural radioprotective agentagainst immunosuppressive and oxidative effects of ionizing radiation.


Oncol Lett 2017 Jul;14(1):1147-1151.doi: 10.3892/ol.2017.6189. Epub 2017 May 17.

Effect of thymoquinone on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells in vitro: Synergism with radiation

Ulana Kotowski  


Thymoquinone (TQ) is the main bioactive constituent present in black seed oil (Nigella sativa); it has shown anti-inflammatory and anti-neoplastic effects in various cancer cell types.The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of TQ on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines, on its own and in combination with radiation and cisplatin, respectively. The SCC25 and CAL27 HNSCC cell lines were treated with TQ alone and in combination with cisplatin or radiation, respectively. Proliferation assays and clonogenic assays were performed. Apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry. TQ exhibited dose-dependent cytotoxicity via apoptosis in the investigated cell lines. In combination with cisplatin, TQ resulted in no significant increase in cytotoxicity.Combined with radiation, TQ significantly reduced clonogenic survivalcompared with each treatment method alone. TQ is a promising agent in the treatment of head and neck cancer due to its anti-proliferative and radiosensitizing properties.However, the combination of TQ with cisplatin showed no therapeutic benefit in vitro.

J Craniofac Surg. 2018 May;29(3):e279-e282.

 doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004314.

Evaluation of the Effect of Topical Application of Nigella sativa on Acute Radiation-Induced Nasal Mucositis

Hasan Çanakci 1, DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004314


The goal of this study was to demonstrate the effect of radiotherapy (RT) on nasal mucosa in rats and to evaluate the radioprotective effects of the topical application of black seed oil (Nigella sativa [NS]) to treat acute radiation-induced nasal mucositis. A total of 18 rats were randomized into 3 groups, with 6 animals per group. The rats in group 1 were topically administered saline in the nasal cavity after sham irradiation. Group 2 received saline at the same dose after irradiation. Group 3 was given NS after irradiation. The rats in groups 2 and 3 were irradiated with a single dose of 40 Gy to the nasal and paranasal area. Only one drop of saline (0.05 mL) was applied to each nostril in the first, second, and third days after RT in groups 1 and 2. One drop of cold press NS (0.05 mL) was applied to each nostril in group 3. Fourteen days after irradiation, the nasal mucosal tissues were excised for histopathological evaluation. Vascular dilatation, inflammatory cell infiltration, superficial erosion, and formation of exudates were classified according to the severity. No evidence of mucositis was observed in group 1. Of all the parameters the only statistically significant difference between groups 2 and 3 were observed for “superficial erosion’ (P < 0.05). Overall microscopic observations in the NS-treated group were better than in group 2.The preliminary results of our study have shown that local application of NS to the nasal mucosa may be an effective treatment of acute nasal mucositis due to RT.


Cell Biol Int. 2011 Oct; 35(10):1025-9.

 doi: 10.1042/CBI20100701.

Radiosensitization in human breast carcinoma cells by thymoquinone: role of cell cycle and apoptosis

Reelma Velho-PereiraDOI: 10.1042/CBI20100701


TQ (thymoquinone), the bioactive constituent of black seed (Nigella sativa), has been shown to inhibit the growth of various human cancers both in vitro and in vivo. This study reports the radiosensitizing effect of TQon human breast carcinoma cells (MCF7 and T47D). TQ in combination with single dose of ionizing radiation (2.5 Gy) was found to exert supra-additive cytotoxic effects on both the carcinomas as measured by cell proliferation and colony-formation assays. Annexin V binding and FACS analysis revealed the role of enhanced apoptosis and cell cycle modulation in the mechanism of TQ-mediated radiosensitization, thus supporting TQ as an adjuvant for preclinical testing in cancer chemo-radiotherapy.


Indian J Pharm Sci. 2012 Sep;74(5):403-14. doi: 10.4103/0250-474X.108415.

Radioprotection by Macerated Extract of Nigella sativa in Normal Tissues of Fibrosarcoma Bearing Mice

Reelma Velho-Pereira 


The current study was undertaken to study the effect of a macerated extract of Nigella sativa seeds in normal as well as in tumour bearing mice against gamma radiation-induced cellular damage to normal tissues. This was done to mimic the clinical setting where in, normal tissues of cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy are exposed to the deleterious effects of radiation. The protection of cellular DNA was analysed in peripheral blood leucocytes of whole body irradiated mice following pretreatment with macerated extract of Nigella sativa seeds (100 mg/kg), using alkaline comet assay, and also estimating biochemical and blood parameters such as levels of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and protein oxidation in organs such as spleen, liver, brain and intestine haemoglobin and total leucocyte count, respectively. The results showed that the macerated extract of Nigella sativa seeds protected the liver, spleen, brain and intestines both in normal as well as tumour bearing mice. This study concludes that macerated extract of Nigella sativa seeds has protective effects against radiation-induced damage and biochemical alterations which could be attributed to the ability to scavenge free radicals and its antioxidant properties.Hence macerated extract of Nigella sativa seeds, could be used in combination with radiation to protect against oxidative stress in normal tissues and improving the quality of life of cancer patients by mitigating unwanted side effects of radiation in normal tissues.

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