Black cumin seeds, known scientifically as Nigella sativa, are native to southwest Asia. These seeds are commonly used for culinary purposes in candy making and preparation due to its pungent bitter smell and taste. Black cumin seeds have been used for centuries for medical purposes. A study published by M. Buritz in "Phytotherapy Research" in August 2000 confirmed the presence of several chemicals in black cumin seeds black cumin seed exporter that offer antioxidant benefits, primarily the chemical thymoquinone. Antioxidants are chemicals that rid the body of free radicals that cause cell damage and promote disease. The consumption of black cumin seeds can offer health benefits due to the presence of thymoquinone. Consumption of black cumin seeds is considered an herbal, alternative treatment and should be taken under the direction of a physician.
Several scientific studies have been performed to examine the effectiveness of thymoquinone from black cumin seeds for cancer treatment. A study performed by S. Banerjee for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne black cumin seed supplier exporter State University in Detroit, Michigan, showed that thymoquinone promotes anti-inflammatory effects, inhibits cancer cell growth and proliferation and even causes cell death in cancer cells. This study was mostly performed in cell cultures, but the results encouraged further examination of thymoquinone in clinical trials involving the human population.
There is convincing scientific evidence stating that the consumption of black cumin seeds can have benefits for the immune system. A study performed by M.E. Assayed for the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at Menoufiya University-Sadat City Branch in Egypt evaluated the use of black cumin seeds on the immune black cumin seed exporter system of study subjects who were exposed to gamma radiation. The results of the study revealed that study subjects who were administered black seed oil orally encountered fewer immune system disorders as a result of the radiation exposure than study subjects who were left untreated. The results of this study indicate the oils from black cumin seeds offer immune system protection from radiation exposure.