Black cumin to treat cystitis: latest findings

12 мая 2020

Lower urinary tract (LUT) infection is one of the most common diagnosis in urology. Women are more susceptible to this group of diseases due to the structure and vulnerability of their reproductive system.

The most common reason for LUT infection is organisms that get inside. These are often colibacillus Escherichia coli (E.coli). Today's medicine is used to treating infections in the easiest and the most aggressive way. They use antibiotics that kill both pathogenic and good microflora. The patient ends up with a weak immunity, liver, kidneys and stomach.

Today research institutions are studying closely alternative and safe methods for struggling with bacteria.

Recently it's been found that Nigella sativa or black cumin has remarkable effects for curing lower urinary tract infections.


Besides, water and oil extracts of black cumin seeds possess anti-tumour, antioxidant,anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and antibacterial properties. They can be used for helping with cardiovascular issues and diabetes.

Essence and findings of black cumin (Nigella sativa) research

A 2017 recent research from Maulana Malik Ibrahim State Islamic University Malang in Malaysia discovered miraculous properties of N. sativa in terms of LUT treatment.

It took the scientists a month to conduct an experiment involving 3 groups of women. They had symptoms of urinal bacterial inflectional inflammation. The first group of the participants was taking Nigella capsules (500 mg of black cumin) 3 times a day, the second group was taking Nigella capsules 1 time a day and placebo 2 times a day. The third group was just taking placebo.

The findings really impressed:

the first group was 100% free from pathogenic bacteria  Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Streptococcus feacalis (before the experiment the number was 2.29x10^5, afterwards it was 3.5x10);

 the number of bacteria the second group had had dropped by two times (before the experiment the number was 2.18x10^5, afterwards it was 3.05x10^3)

These data prove black cumin extract to have a strong effect helping with urinal tract infections. Seed extracts of Nigella sativa inhibit the growth of Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Streptococcus feacalis.

A range of other scientists who studied this effect on mice found that seed extracts of N. sativa can suppress the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli bacteria and Candida albicans pathogenic fungus.

Chemical structure of black cumin oil and its properties

  1. sativa has a great scientific interest amongst health specialists. It is obvious because black cumin seeds contain over 100 different components, 50 of them work as a catalyst for metabolism in a human body.
  • a complex of desaturated and saturated fatty acids;


    • 15 amino-acids, 8 of them being indispensable;

    • vitamins Е, D, С, И group (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9), carotenoids;

     • macro- and micro-elements (Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Phosphor, Manganese, Ferum, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, etc.);

     • phytosterols, flavonoids and tanning substances;

    • polysaccharides and monosaccharides (glucose, xylose, etc.);

    • alkaloids, enzymes, saponins, triterpene saponosides;

    • essential oils.

Thanks to bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties of its multiple components black cumin seeds and oil are considered effective as a prevention mean or as a part of a complex treatment of genitourinary system infections.

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