Black Cumin Seed and COVID

Dr Weeks’ Comment: COVID kills by suffocation (blood clots and impaired delivery of oxygen to target tissues. Omega 6 seed oils which have NOT been oxidized (made rancid) actively transport oxygen so eating organic non-GMO seed meal is optimal but one seed, the black cumin seed is so powerful an anti-inflammatory agent that is has already been tested against COVID. Let’s read the science:

Complement Ther Med. 2021 Aug 15;61:102769.

 doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2021.102769. Online ahead of print.

Nigella sativa for the treatment of COVID-19: An open-label randomized controlled clinical trial

Abdulrahman E Koshak 1Emad A Koshak 2Abdullah F Mobeireek 3Mazen A Badawi 2Siraj O Wali 2Husam M Malibary 2Ali F Atwah 4Meshari M Alhamdan 5Reem A Almalki 2Tariq A Madani 2


Background: Effective treatment for Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) is under intensive research. Nigella sativa oil (NSO) is a herbal medicine with antiviral and immunomodulatory activities, and has been recommended for the treatment of COVID-19.This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of NSO treatment in patients with COVID-19.

Results: A total of 173 patients were enrolled for RCT. The average age was 36(±11) years, and 53 % of patients were males. The control and NSO groups included 87 and 86 patients respectively. The percentage of recovered patients in NSO group (54[62 %]) was significantly higher than that in the control group (31[36 %]; p = 0.001). The mean duration to recovery was also shorter for patients receiving NSO (10.7 ± 3.2 days) compared with the control group (12.3 ± 2.8 days); p = 0.001.

Conclusions: NSO supplementation was associated with faster recovery of symptoms than usual care alone for patients with mild COVID-19 infection.These potential therapeutic benefits require further exploration with placebo-controlled, double-blinded studies.

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