HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE BLACK SEED OIL

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Cates rec­om­mends buy­ing a high- qual­ity, food- grade oil de­signed for in­ter­nal use, which can also be used top­i­cally. ( Never in­gest an oil in­tended only for ex­ter­nal use.) She cau­tions that black seed oil can turn ran­cid and should be stored in a cool place, in a dark- col­ored bot­tle. The usual dose is Tbs. daily. Both the oil and seed ex­tracts are also avail­able in pills. Black seed oil is also called black cumin oil, or by its Latin name, Nigella sativa.

The chief ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in the oil is thy­mo­quinone, a sub­stance that has demon­strated an­ti­cancer ef­fects in lab and an­i­mal stud­ies. Some oils are for­mu­lated to have a higher per­cent­age of thy­mo­quinone, and spec­ify so on the la­bel.

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