Standardized black seed oil may improve immunity and wellbeing in endurance


The findings, published in Food Science & Nutrition Research​, suggest that the cold-pressed oil acts on the gut-immune axis to improve microbiome diversity and modulate stress-related immune alterations induced by intense physical activity.

“Rather than being an ‘immune-booster’ to stimulate immune system activity, ThymoQuin may be a natural ‘immune-modulator’ and ‘stress reducer’ that can help balancing overall immune system activity,”​ Morris Zelkha, CEO of TriNutra, said in a press release. “When the entire system is balanced, as evidenced in the study in the supplemented group, there is a noticeable benefit for physical health and mental wellness.”​  

Nigella sativa: ‘the blessing seed’

Buried with Egyptian pharaohs and referenced in the Bible and the Koran as “the blessing seed”​, black seed (Nigella sativa​) oil has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to manage ailments from fatigue and chronic headache to joint pain and skin conditions. In more modern times, clinical trials have extended its positive effects to fighting cancer cells, kidney disease, asthma and allergies.

“A number of laboratory and animal studies have demonstrated immune modulation of black cumin seed via effects on hematopoietic stem cells, lymphocytes, macrophages, T cells, dendritic cells, natural killer cells and a variety of cytokines,” ​the researchers noted.

Most of the plant’s therapeutic properties are attributed to its essential oil constituent, the phytonutrient Thymoquinone. TriNutra’s full spectrum ThymoQuin – which received its US patent in October – is a proprietary blend of 3% cold-pressed Thymoquinone and 1.8% free fatty acid. In the US, the ingredient is distributed through Barrington Nutritionals.



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