I didn’t know anyone that had diabetes when I was growing up.
Today it’s a different story.
I have friends and some family members that suffer from the disease. I even know a couple children who have it…
Shoot, I know someone that was just diagnosed who is thin as a rail and works out like a madman… yet type 2 diabetes is typically known as a lifestyle disease and has increased lock stock and barrel with our national waist size. The risk of having blood sugar problems for all ages is going up.
And with that rise of blood sugar problems comes the rise of the number of people on common diabetes drugs. Sadly these drugs often come with unwanted side effects like stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, weakness, muscle pain, headache and even upper respiratory infections and more.
It stands to reason folks with blood sugar concerns, including those with pre-diabetes, might be looking for a natural solution to help support healthy blood sugar. Well you’re in luck…
Nigella sativa regenerates pancreatic cells
Scientists at the Desert Medicine Research Center (Indian Council of Medical Research) set out to test the performance of the seeds of an ancient plant that’s been traditionally used for centuries to treat what was known as “sweet urine.” Today we know it as blood sugar imbalance.
The plant is Nigella sativa, and it’s often used in pickles as a spice.
Here’s what they found…
One of the active compounds found in the Nigella sativa plant, thymoquinone (TQ), induced what they called “antidiabetic activity.”
Specifically, the study showed it helped reduce appetite, glucose absorption in the intestines, blood glucose level, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, body weight and could help simulate the secretion of insulin from beta-cells in the pancreas.
But as they say on those old commercials… wait, there’s more.
It also helped improve glucose tolerance while showing no significant adverse effects.
And to top it off, it was shown to stimulate partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells. Those are the cells in your pancreas that actually store and release insulin and produce hormones that slow the rate of sugar entering your bloodstream to better control your blood sugar levels.
In other words, the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant appear to provide natural support for healthy blood sugar.
How to use Nigella sativa
So what is this Nigella sativa plant, how do you find it and how can you use it?
Here are the answers…
Nigella sativa is also known by a number of other names you may recognize. These include:
- Black cumin
- Black sesame
- Onion seed
- Black caraway
- Roman coriander
It’s also simply referred to as “black seed” or in the case of the oil, “black seed oil.”
The oil itself is actually a golden color and has been used for health purposes since the time of the Pharaohs and is even referenced in the bible.
You need to find a source of the Nigella sativa oil that gives you 2,000 mg of pure oil pressed from organic black Nigella sativa seeds. That organic factor is something I always look for in any plant-based supplement, as you don’t want to take the risk of polluting your body with the toxins that come from conventional farming methods.
Now, if you’re currently experiencing blood sugar concerns don’t stop taking any medication you’ve been prescribed. But long before a type 2 diabetes diagnosis is made, most people enter a stage called pre-diabetes. That’s when it’s imperative you make changes to your lifestyle, including eating a sensible diet, regular exercise, boosting your CoQ10 and perhaps giving this ancient plant — Nigella sativa — a try. And of course this is good advice even if you’ve been diagnosed.