The Natural Way
One of the enjoyable benefits of having time to talk with people is getting new information about obscure supplements. On the big national level, Dr. Oz is doing this with his television show.
On the local level, folks read, study and talk with each other, advancing healing knowledge in the process. I love this aspect of living in Eureka Springs; we all have more time and space to become whatever we value.
Recently, a local chatted with me about an obscure supplement called Black Seed (Nigella sativa L), i.e., Black Cumin Seed.
This jack-of-all-trades and master of some has not made it into the big time yet. It is difficult to find on the wholesale side, as a market has yet to be developed. People don't know about it, so they don't ask for it, therefore wholesalers don't stock it.
Additionally, some people question the purity of the oil made from Black Seed. I think the powdered supplement should be okay, as white papers have to be filed after testing. White papers are required by our government to prove potency and purity at time of import.
What does this supplement do that is so beneficial? It has been in use for hundreds of years in the Middle East for a wide variety of ailments. This list includes blood pressure, immune system building, anti-cancer, dropping allergies, asthma and many others.
Historically, Black Seed was the go-to medicine when healing needed to be done and allopathy (western medicine) was unavailable Science has shown its benefit for reducing inflammation, immune-modulation benefits and as a strong antioxidant. Most of these studies have been done in animals and specialized rats, so if you're an animal or an unusual rat, then read on (you know who you are).
To summarize, the strongest science indicates people who are at risk for heart attack/stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis (either rheumatoid or osteo), irritable bowel or colitis and allergies or asthma may benefit. Our modern science simply hasn't been used extensively on this ancient remedy from an ancient area that has been under battle and war conditions continually even to present day.