Black Cumin, or as some call it Black Seed Oil, is an oil that most people have never heard of. When most people talk about Black Cumin they ask if it is more distilled as a carrier oil (cold-pressed) or more like an essential oil (steam distilled). It wasn’t until recently that we learned that CO2 extraction would be ideal for Black Cumin Seeds because it will take from the entire chemical compound range. With this supercritical fluid CO2 extraction, we get BOTH properties of these two desired versions of the plant. The total extraction allows us to pull more compounds from the plant without degrading the plant material. The “carrier oil” side of Black Cumin shows to have a lot of Linoleic and Oleic acid. Linoleic acid is an Omega 6 fatty acid which is widely used in the cosmetic industry for its benefits to the skin. Meanwhile, Oleic acid is an Omega 9 fatty acid found in Olive oil and is thought to be linked to reduced blood pressure, and decreased LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
The Essential Oil Components of Black Cumin
Black Cumin CO2 as mentioned before, also has properties of the steam distilled compounds. These compounds include a few special compounds only found in Black Cumin. These compounds include Thymoquinone and Thymohydroquinone these two compounds work in concert with one another to create some of the profound anti-inflammatory affects that we observe. 1
These compounds are ketones, and act similarly to Tumerone, or Italidione (found in Turmeric and Helichrysum respectively) as they go in and play key roles to many anti-inflammatory pathways identified by the medical industry. The affects have even been linked to a few new cancer studies and should continue to be studied in the coming years. 2
Super Resistant Bacteria Stand No Chance
A large problem in our western medicine approach seems to have come about from creating too many synthetic solutions to combat our big medical problems. By that I mean anti-bacterial resistances that lead to “super bugs” or “super viruses.”
These very scary bacteria can identify that an “unnatural” species has entered the body (i.e. a synthetically crafted antibiotic compounds) and quickly become alert that it need to evolve or adapt in a way that causes the antibiotic to be irrelevant.
Basically, overtime, medical researchers have become astonished at the sophistication of these “superbugs” and the species ability to learn.
With Black Cumin, a recent study has shown that it is affecting 97/144 strains of bacteria tested were still affected by Black Cumin (to be clear these bacteria were INHIBITED by black cumin or modulated). Most of these 144 total strains were antibiotic resistant and researchers has sort of hit a dead end.