Black Seed Oil Potency: Comparison and Analysis
What happens when you gather black seeds from seven different countries and compare their potency? We wondered the same thing here at BioNatal. One of the biggest components of black seed oil is thymoquinone, a bioactive agent known for its antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory benefits, and potential effects on a variety of health conditions from asthma to cancer to diabetes and more.
Now, for the first time ever, we’re lab testing seven different seeds to learn more about black seed oil potency so you can set the right expectations.
About Our Black Seed Oil Testing Process
Before we dive into the results, let’s talk about our process. We first had to locate not only different black seed oil brands to test, but also the countries of their origin. This is because there are only a few areas in the world where the land can provide nigella sativa flowers.
We’re also only interested in testing seeds from countries that are producing the seeds specifically for oil extraction. These are the same farmers who are invested in the business and creating more fields every year. These requirements narrowed us to seven countries.
Here’s the thing: there could be hundreds of brands of black seed oil. But out of all those brands, the oil is only coming from one of these seven countries (or is a mix of multiple oils). They are: Turkey, Syria, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Ethiopia.
Something else to consider is that Turkey and Egypt aren’t able to produce enough of their own seeds, so they import seeds from other countries to make their black seed oil. This is why the color of two different oil brands might be different. Each region where the seeds are grown have a slightly different color, but we end up with lots of colors depending on how those oils are blended.
Black Seed Oil Potency Testing: Calculating the Results
For our analysis, we collected black seeds from the top farmers in the seven countries. Once we extracted the oil from those seeds, we reviewed each oil’s taste and color before sending them to an independent testing lab. When we’re talking about the potency of black seed oil, we’re referring to the level of thymoquinone (also referred to as black cumin). This is what the lab testing is going to tell us.
The reason we’re doing this testing is because many black seed oil brands feel they can claim whatever potency they want and not have any supporting documentation for it. BioNatal has been in this business for a long time and we know that thymoquinone cannot be more than 1%. And yet, some brands claim to have as much as 5%.
We used a top-rated laboratory in the United States because of their strict regulations for quality and their sophisticated technology that can ensure integrity through the process. Also, since the U.S. does not produce black seeds, we feel this will give us a fair analysis of all the samples we submitted.
Stay tuned for the results of our analysis!