Black cumin oil may boost sleep quality, help with stress

INDIAN researchers say that supplementation with a standardized oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa) may significantly improve sleep quality in people with sleep problems.

In a new study from India, researchers reported a significant improvement in sleep quality with a reduction in sleep latency and enhancement in deep sleep duration with an overall reduction in sleep disturbances pointed towards the promising role of BCO [black cumin oil] in sleep disorders. There was also a significant reduction in stress and anxiety severity scores

The study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine indicated that 200 mg per day of the thymoquinone-rich black cumin oil increase of 29 per cent increase in REM sleep and an 82 per cent increase in Non-REM sleep. Improvements in measures of stress and anxiety were also achieved.

They attributed the beneficial effects of BCO in the present study mainly to its volatile oil composition, mainly the TQ (thymoquinone) content.”

The seed and oil of black cumin have been used extensively in traditional medicine in many Middle Eastern and Asian countries for the treatment of a range of conditions, including some immune and inflammatory disorders.

For the study, the researchers recruited 15 healthy people with sleep problems to participate in their single-arm, open-label, pilot study. All participants consumed 200 mg of the thymoquinone-rich (5% w/w) black cumin oil (Akay Natural Ingredients) for 28 days.

The results suggested that, in addition to the improvements in sleep efficiency measured as REM and Non-REM sleep, consumption of the black cumin oil also significantly improved the total sleep time and sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), with improvements measurable after only seven days of supplementation. Specifically, sleep latency decreased from an average of 27 minutes at the start of the study to 20 minutes at the end of the study.

In addition, significant decreases in measures of anxiety and stress were recorded after 28 days, linked to significant reductions in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

While the results are suggestive of sleep-related improvements, the researchers called for “future studies with black cumin oils containing low levels of TQ are recommended to confirm the role of TQ in the sleep-inducing effect of BCO.”

INDIAN researchers say that supplementation with a standardized oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa) may significantly improve sleep quality in people with sleep problems.


In a new study from India, researchers reported a significant improvement in sleep quality with a reduction in sleep latency and enhancement in deep sleep duration with an overall reduction in sleep disturbances pointed towards the promising role of BCO [black cumin oil] in sleep disorders. There was also a significant reduction in stress and anxiety severity scores

The study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine indicated that 200 mg per day of the thymoquinone-rich black cumin oil increase of 29 per cent increase in REM sleep and an 82 per cent increase in Non-REM sleep. Improvements in measures of stress and anxiety were also achieved.

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They attributed the beneficial effects of BCO in the present study mainly to its volatile oil composition, mainly the TQ (thymoquinone) content.”

The seed and oil of black cumin have been used extensively in traditional medicine in many Middle Eastern and Asian countries for the treatment of a range of conditions, including some immune and inflammatory disorders.

For the study, the researchers recruited 15 healthy people with sleep problems to participate in their single-arm, open-label, pilot study. All participants consumed 200 mg of the thymoquinone-rich (5% w/w) black cumin oil (Akay Natural Ingredients) for 28 days.

The results suggested that, in addition to the improvements in sleep efficiency measured as REM and Non-REM sleep, consumption of the black cumin oil also significantly improved the total sleep time and sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), with improvements measurable after only seven days of supplementation. Specifically, sleep latency decreased from an average of 27 minutes at the start of the study to 20 minutes at the end of the study.

In addition, significant decreases in measures of anxiety and stress were recorded after 28 days, linked to significant reductions in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

While the results are suggestive of sleep-related improvements, the researchers called for “future studies with black cumin oils containing low levels of TQ are recommended to confirm the role of TQ in the sleep-inducing effect of BCO.”

INDIAN researchers say that supplementation with a standardized oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa) may significantly improve sleep quality in people with sleep problems.

In a new study from India, researchers reported a significant improvement in sleep quality with a reduction in sleep latency and enhancement in deep sleep duration with an overall reduction in sleep disturbances pointed towards the promising role of BCO [black cumin oil] in sleep disorders. There was also a significant reduction in stress and anxiety severity scores

The study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine indicated that 200 mg per day of the thymoquinone-rich black cumin oil increase of 29 per cent increase in REM sleep and an 82 per cent increase in Non-REM sleep. Improvements in measures of stress and anxiety were also achieved.

They attributed the beneficial effects of BCO in the present study mainly to its volatile oil composition, mainly the TQ (thymoquinone) content.”

The seed and oil of black cumin have been used extensively in traditional medicine in many Middle Eastern and Asian countries for the treatment of a range of conditions, including some immune and inflammatory disorders.

For the study, the researchers recruited 15 healthy people with sleep problems to participate in their single-arm, open-label, pilot study. All participants consumed 200 mg of the thymoquinone-rich (5% w/w) black cumin oil (Akay Natural Ingredients) for 28 days.

The results suggested that, in addition to the improvements in sleep efficiency measured as REM and Non-REM sleep, consumption of the black cumin oil also significantly improved the total sleep time and sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), with improvements measurable after only seven days of supplementation. Specifically, sleep latency decreased from an average of 27 minutes at the start of the study to 20 minutes at the end of the study.

In addition, significant decreases in measures of anxiety and stress were recorded after 28 days, linked to significant reductions in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

While the results are suggestive of sleep-related improvements, the researchers called for “future studies with black cumin oils containing low levels of TQ are recommended to confirm the role of TQ in the sleep-inducing effect of BCO.”

INDIAN researchers say that supplementation with a standardized oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa) may significantly improve sleep quality in people with sleep problems.

In a new study from India, researchers reported a significant improvement in sleep quality with a reduction in sleep latency and enhancement in deep sleep duration with an overall reduction in sleep disturbances pointed towards the promising role of BCO [black cumin oil] in sleep disorders. There was also a significant reduction in stress and anxiety severity scores

The study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine indicated that 200 mg per day of the thymoquinone-rich black cumin oil increase of 29 per cent increase in REM sleep and an 82 per cent increase in Non-REM sleep. Improvements in measures of stress and anxiety were also achieved.

They attributed the beneficial effects of BCO in the present study mainly to its volatile oil composition, mainly the TQ (thymoquinone) content.”

The seed and oil of black cumin have been used extensively in traditional medicine in many Middle Eastern and Asian countries for the treatment of a range of conditions, including some immune and inflammatory disorders.

For the study, the researchers recruited 15 healthy people with sleep problems to participate in their single-arm, open-label, pilot study. All participants consumed 200 mg of the thymoquinone-rich (5% w/w) black cumin oil (Akay Natural Ingredients) for 28 days.

The results suggested that, in addition to the improvements in sleep efficiency measured as REM and Non-REM sleep, consumption of the black cumin oil also significantly improved the total sleep time and sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), with improvements measurable after only seven days of supplementation. Specifically, sleep latency decreased from an average of 27 minutes at the start of the study to 20 minutes at the end of the study.

In addition, significant decreases in measures of anxiety and stress were recorded after 28 days, linked to significant reductions in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

While the results are suggestive of sleep-related improvements, the researchers called for “future studies with black cumin oils containing low levels of TQ are recommended to confirm the role of TQ in the sleep-inducing effect of BCO.”



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