Natural Health News – A mixture of black seed oil and honey can help relieve symptoms of indigestion and fight Helicobacter pylori infection.
In a recent placebo-controlled 8-week study Iranian researchers divided 70 men and women with chronic dyspepsia (indigestion) into two groups.
The first group received a daily dose of cold-pressed oil of black cumin seeds, honey and water in a ratio of 1: 1: 1. The placebo mineral oil was mixed with honey and water in the same proportion. To give color and flavor comparable to placebo, small amounts of chlorophyll and red chili pepper fruit extract was added to mineral oil.
All patients were taking the drug famotidine, which inhibits the production of stomach acid.
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“ seed Black has been a mainstay of traditional Persian medicine for more 1000 years. It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Honey and it has a long history of use and both are traditionally used to soothe upset stomachs.
“ In a recent study of a daily mix of black equal parts of seeds, honey and water produce a rapid improvement of dyspepsia and also helped reduce degree of H . pylori infection
“ The researchers suggest anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the mixture may be behind its beneficial action.
A traditional remedy
seed Black ( Nigella sativa ) oil is a traditional Persian medicine used for over 1000 years as a remedy for many ailments. In animal studies has been shown to have gastroprotective properties as well as antibacterial activity against clinical infections Helicobacter pylori .
Honey has similar gastrointestinal benefits and has also demonstrated anti- H. pylori and the anti-inflammatory activity.
The researchers assessed participants throughout the study and were looking mainly for beneficial changes in the severity of dyspepsia However, we also evaluated the participants on the quality of life (QOL) and the degree of H . pylori infection, which may be present and produce uncomfortable symptoms, without necessarily eliciting an ulcer.
Although dyspeptic symptoms improved in both groups by the mark 8 weeks, decreases in symptoms assessed at 2, 4 and 8 weeks They were significantly higher in the treatment group compared to placebo. The improvements were in all areas; there were no significant differences in benefits between men and women, nor improvement differ depending on the age of the person.
At the end of the study, the rate of H . pylori infection was significantly lower in the treatment group compared to the placebo group. QoL scores were also significantly higher in the treatment group than in the placebo group in all measurements, including vitality, general health perception, physical functioning, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning, social role functioning, pain physical and mental health.
Adverse effects were mild and mainly included in both groups were nausea and bloating, and in the treatment group, a burning sensation.
Generally, the mixture of oil of black cumin seeds and honey has proven to be a safe and effective treatment of dyspepsia and H. pylori infection.
Researchers speculate on several actions, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits and a reduction in acid secretion above that from medication.
suggest that large well-designed studies of longer duration would help confirm these findings.