Ivermectin has been one of the buzzwords of the last two years, and rightly so.
Although famous for treating parasitic infections, studies show it reduces c19 symptoms.
However, in early 2020 as the C19 narrative erupted, Ivermectin (alongside HCQ) was banned by the major western economies even though both products have a long history of award-winning safe use.
It is still possible to access Ivermectin overseas, from countries like Mexico (where it is available in airport vending machines) to India and Africa.
In India, the cost is about £0.70 since it's been subsidised by the government.
In Egypt, it's £2.50 a packet.
In the UK it is available at a premium price on the black market at about £60-£90
Ivermectin is more readily available for veterinary use and many purchase horse ivermectin (about £10) for an oral syringe that uses a dosing guide worked out per kilo of body weight. Some have doubted the safety of horse ivermectin, however since racehorses seem to out-value most humans, my guess is the purity and safety of a product that might be used on a multi-million dollar animal can be respected just as much as one destined for humans–even if it might be apple flavoured!
So, with these promising studies on Ivermectin, many (including the respected Dr Tess Lawrie's Bird Group) continue to push Ivermectin as a possible C19 symptom solution.
It certainly seems to be.
But, what is the point of having a protocol, if most people can’t access the very remedy that's needed?
The good news is that there is a natural, cheap and safe and easy-to-access alternative that works just as well, if not better.
The Ivermectin replacement is Nigella Sativa, known more commonly as Black Seed Oil.
I've divided the article into the following 9 sections
Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil -studies
Cautions and warnings
What is it?
Black seed oil is a 100% natural product derived from the plant Nigella sativa, which is native to Eastern Europe and Western Asia (Source).
What is it traditionally used for?
Black seed oil is a natural remedy that people use to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
high blood pressure
Numerous studies demonstrated the seed of Nigella sativa and its main active constituent, thymoquinone, to be medicinally very effective against various illnesses:
neurological and mental illness,
inflammatory conditions, and
various infectious diseases due to bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections. SOURCE
See more on the potential healing properties below
The Prophet Mohammed had described the curative powers of the black seed as
“Hold on to use this black seed, as it has a remedy for every illness except death”
Can Nigella Sativa help with C19 symptoms?
As shown below, Nigella Sativa (black seed oil) seems to have the potential to outperform vitamin D, ivermectin and even hydroxychloroquine for C19.
Please note these studies involve early treatment... which is how any problem from car rust to medical issues should be dealt with,- EARLY
"A stitch in times saves nine"
The 'all-mortality' figures show a greater efficiency.
How does it work and is it safe?
Dr Andrew Goldworthy, Imperial College Biological safety officer and lecturer (retired) wrote to me with his thoughts on the action of Black Seed Oil.
"....There is increasing evidence that Black Seed Oil is also effective against COVID-19 since it disrupts the fat-soluble capsid membrane around the virus. There is also evidence that it may be effective against Long Covid, where this can, at least in some cases, be due to the COVID reactivating other viruses such as Epstein Barr to cause chronic fatigue and other symptoms.
My own two-pence worth is to start with a low dose and work upwards since it may also attack your own cell membranes. But viruses have a much greater surface area to volume ratio and should be more susceptible to any given concentration of the thymoquinone than you are. You just have to hit the sweet spot where, on balance, the adverse effect on the virus exceeds the adverse effect on you.
So, If you take Black Seed Oil, do not exceed the recommended dose and, if you have any adverse effects, stop taking it or reduce the dose...."
Where can I get it?
You can easily buy it over the counter for under £10 for a small bottle in many middle eastern shops.
However, as with Olive oil, quality varies dramatically depending on the sourcing and production process.
Since we are interested in the full medicinal benefits., we need the very best.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of a two-hour chat with Dr Cass Ingram regarding his production of Oregano oil.
I learnt that his company North American Herb and Spice go to extraordinary lengths to source the very highest quality ingredients, from precise geographical locations matching 2,000 years of herbal knowledge.
They then use advanced cold extraction methods that preserve each constituent.
I have tried and tested Dr Ingram's products over the last years, even using NAHS Oregano oil topically to defeat sepsis. Stunning.
Therefore, NAHS is my go-to source for oregano and all other oils of medicinal value, including Black Seed Oil.
I now work directly with the North American Herb and Spice company,
Any orders that you make via this website will be passed to their London office and be shipped (Mon-Fri) direct to you from their warehouse'
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The optimal dose is at least two capsules daily.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK SEED OIL - MORE DETAIL
High in antioxidants
Antioxidants reduce inflammation and protect against conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer (Source).
Black seed oil is rich in thymoquinone, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
One study in 80 adults with asthma found that taking 500 mg of black seed oil capsules twice a day for 4 weeks significantly improved asthma control (Source).
In one 8-week study, 90 women ages 25–50 with obesity were given a low calorie diet and either a placebo or 1 gram of black seed oil per meal for a total of 3 grams per day ( Source).
At the end of the study, those taking the black seed oil had lost significantly more weight and waist circumference than the placebo group. The oil group also experienced significant improvements in triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels (Source).
May lower blood sugar levels
For individuals with diabetes, consistently high blood sugar levels have been shown to increase the risk of future complications, including kidney disease, eye disease, and stroke (Source).
Several studies in individuals with type 2 diabetes indicate that a dose of 2 grams per day of crushed whole black seeds may significantly reduce fasting blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, a measure of average blood sugar levels over 2–3 months (Source, Source, Source).
One study in 99 adults with type 2 diabetes found that both 1/3 teaspoon (1.5 mL) and 3/5 teaspoon (3 mL) per day of black seed oil for 20 days significantly reduced HbA1c levels, compared with a placebo (26).
May help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Black seed oil has also been studied for its potential effectiveness in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Two studies, one in 90 women with obesity and the other in 72 adults with type 2 diabetes, found that taking 2–3 grams of black seed oil capsules per day for 8–12 weeks significantly reduced LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels (Source, ).
Another study in 90 people with high cholesterol levels observed that consuming 2 teaspoons (10 grams) of black seed oil after eating breakfast for 6 weeks significantly reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol levels (Source).
The oil may also help lower blood pressure.
One study in 70 healthy adults noted that 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) of black seed oil twice a day for 8 weeks significantly reduced blood pressure levels, compared with a placebo (Source).
Early test-tube and animal research suggests that thymoquinone in black seed oil may reduce neuroinflammation. Therefore, it may help protect against brain disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease (Source, Source, Source, Source).