What Is Black Seed Oil And Can It Help You Lose Weight?

Well, it might help you poop more…

Black seed oil is basically the new apple cider vinegar.

Lately, health and fitness bloggers have been raving about the stuff, touting its effectiveness in helping you shed pounds.

Take this excerpt from the blog Paleohacks, for example, which praises black seed oil as a weight-loss remedy:

“While oils aren’t the first substances that come to mind when we think of weight loss, it turns out that black seed oil could play a role in fighting obesity. Researchers believe its ability to improve glucose tolerance, enhance liver health, decrease inflammation, and regulate glucose levels all play a role in helping the body return to a normal weight.

What is black seed oil?

Black seed oil, sometimes referred to as black caraway or black cumin, is made from the fruit seeds of the flowering nigella sativa plant, which is part of the ranunculales family (think: buttercup flowers).

You can cook with the seeds or oil, but be warned that they will affect the taste of your food. The seeds have a slightly bitter onion flavor, according to Smithsonian magazine, and the oil is spicy/peppery.

Black seed oil can help with weight loss?

Black seed oil’s three claims to weight-loss fame include that it “melts away” belly fat, boosts your metabolism, and curbs your appetite—all of which are unsubstantiated, says Brigitte Zeitlin, R.D., owner of BZ Nutrition. No one thing can do any of that stuff, she adds.

One 2014 study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, did show better weight loss results with a combination of oil supplementation and aerobic exercise.

Black seed oil may help you maintain a healthy weight, according to Zeitlin. “Black seed oil has antioxidant properties,” she says. And, because antioxidant-rich foods are often plant-based and unprocessed, focusing on those foods will add more fiber, vitamins, and minerals into your diet, which can play a role in healthy weight maintenance, adds Zeitlin.

Zeitlin says that black seed oil may also improve your overall digestive health and prevent bloating, which might make you feel skinnier. “Black seed oil can help with GI motility and moving your bowels more frequently will help flush out excess waste that may be backed up and causing belly bloat,” she says.

You can reap these benefits by taking 1/2 teaspoon, twice a day after meal, of Byherbs Black seed oil supplement.

Regardless, you should always check with your doctor first if you’re on any medication (that advice applies to all supplements).