POWER OF SEEDS – SUPERSEED NUTRITION
Since ancient time, human believe in the power of seeds as the essence and foundation of life. Imagine a small seed can be transformed into a huge fruit-bearing tree whereby each fruit bears many seeds. A seed is like nature’s treasure chest that contains 20 times more nutrient than its fruit. Research has shown that seed is the source of fibers, antioxidants, minerals (Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, P, K, Mg, Se), enzymes, vitamins (A, B-complex, D, E, K), amino acids, omega-3 & omega-6 essential fatty acids. A seed is protected by a hard shell called husk that is packed with antioxidants that protect the very precious plant’s DNA from oxidative stress.
RAW SEEDS – ARE SUNFLOWER & PUMPKIN SEEDS OVERRATED SUPERFOOD?
Many seed advocates promote eating a variety of raw seeds as a well-balanced diet like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and much more. Those seeds are rich in fiber, proteins vitamins, and polyunsaturated fatty acids but beyond providing good nutrition, they don’t offer additional benefits. There is a new group botanical seeds that are both powerful antioxidants and have medicinal quality polyphenols and oils which boost immunity and helps fight infection and cancer.
BLACK CUMIN SEED – A NEW REALM OF SUPERSEED
Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) has been used widely as a medicinal plant for generations since ancient times. It is ranked among one of the most studied evidence-based herbal medicine.
MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL
Among the studied health benefits are antidiabetic, anticancer, immunomodulator, analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, bronchodilator, hepato-protective, renal protective, gastro-protective, antioxidant properties(R) and the list keeps growing. One of its potent ingredients is thymoquinone, an essential oil. Consuming thymoquinone oil greatly improves the body ability to counteract oxidative stress, particularly in the liver, kidney, and brain and reduces inflammation.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL FOR CANCER
Thymoquinone (TQ) oil affects cancer cells through the activation and upregulation of tumor suppressor gene P53 and PTEN and suppression or downregulation of AKT/PI3K signaling pathway. TQ induces proapoptotic factors Bak/Bax and downregulation of antiapoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL that cause the cancer cells to die. TQ plays an important role in the management of head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, hepatic cancer, breast cancer and skin cancer (R), (R).
Thymoquinone encourages down-regulation of antiapoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and up-regulation of proapoptotic factor Bax causing an increased number of cellular DNA breaks in treated cells resulting in mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis (programmed cell death) in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (R). Thymoquinone also demonstrates anti-leukemic effects on Murine Leukemia WEHI-3 Cells through up-regulation of the anti-apoptotic protein, Bcl2, and down-regulation of the apoptotic protein, Bax In Vivo and In Vitro (R). In addition, this study also showed a high reduction of the spleen and liver weight, and significant histopathology study of spleen and liver further confirmed thymoquinone inhibited WEHI-3 growth in the BALB/c mice (R).
BENEFITS OF BLACK CUMIN ON BONE MARROW AND CHEMOTHERAPY
Numerous studies showed Black Cumin Seeds significantly increased Red Blood Cell (RBC), hemoglobin, and hematocrit concentrations (R). Nair et al., 1991; el Daly, (1998) showed that treatment with black cumin extract signiﬁcantly protects against cisplatin-induced decreases in leukocytes counts, hemoglobin levels, mean osmotic fragility, and hematocrit increase. Hossam et al. (2011) reported that Black Cumin Oil increased the number of cells in bone marrow that reached advanced developmental stages and improved acceleration effect on the cellular respiratory mechanism.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL FOR DIABETES
TQ significantly reduces liver blood glucose production and glycated hemoglobin levels (R) and significantly improves the antioxidant status and reduces lipid peroxidation in blood (increase in high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), total protein, glutathione reduced form (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), adiponectin, hemoglobin), liver, pancreas and kidney tissues of diabetic treated rats through its anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and antiperoxidative properties (R).
BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL BENEFITS DIABETIC PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
TQ may help to reduce the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) through facilitating the proliferation of Schwann cell that involves in the repairing process of the nerve-insulating coat called myelin sheath (R).
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL FOR ASTHMA
Asthma is a chronic disorder characterized by the narrowing of airway smooth muscles causing airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness, and an underlying inflammation that contributed to histamine release from mast cells. Inflammatory cells like eosinophils, mast cells, macrophages, and neutrophils are largely involved in causing airway inflammation. Thymoquinone (TQ) has been used in folk medicine to treat asthma. Pretreatment with TQ mitigated most of the detrimental inflammatory changes that occurred in response to endotoxin LPS, a major component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria that have the tendency to trigger proinflammatory response to the human body. TQ reduced inflammatory cell infiltration into respiratory airways, suppressed lipid peroxidation generated oxidative stress and increased GSH levels (a powerful endogenous antioxidant) and decreased LPS induced TNF-α and IL-1β production (inflammatory cells) (R). TQ inhibited mast cell-mediated histamine release that caused immediate-type allergic reactions. TQ improves oxygenation to the lungs. (R). TQ may have potential health beneficial effects in the prevention or treatment of asthma and many allergic diseases (R).
BLACK RASPBERRY SEED – NOT YOUR TYPICAL ANTI-CANCER FOOD
Black raspberry (Rubus Occidentalis) has extremely dark pigment among all berries which gives one of the highest antioxidants among fruits and berries. Black raspberry (BRB) should not be confused with more commonly consumed black berries which can be differentiated from its fuller bulging center as compared to black raspberry which has a hollow center. BRB seed is the emerging superseed with astonishingly even higher antioxidant than its fruit. Black Raspberry (BRB) seed oil is highly anti-inflammatory, improves liver function and lipid metabolism (R). Freeze-dried black raspberry powder demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in ulcerative colitis (R). BRB seed oil showed a chemopreventive effect on colon cancer cells (R). BRB seed showed a protective effect against oxidative damage to DNA, protein, and lipid (R).