prevent covid with nigella sativa seeds

Nigella sativa, equal or better than proposed drugs!

A team of scientists conducted by Bouchentouf Salim and Missoum Noureddine from the Faculty of Technology, Doctor Tahar Moulay University of Saida, and the Laboratory of Natural products and Bioactives, University of Tlemcen, Algeria, analyzed probable inhibitors of COVID-19 by molecules from Nigella sativa L.

Nigella sativa, aka the black seeds, is a highly reputed healing herb in North African societies and both Islamic and Christian. Its incredible therapeutic properties include antiviral and anticancer. And when we talk about antiviral, we refer to the worst of them: HIV. Because this tiny seed has a history of destroying it. Yes, Nigella sativa, the black seeds, can kill HIV.

the black seeds nigella sativa help prevent covid infectionNigella sativa flower

We are still struggling with this pandemic. Some say there are chemical drugs that treat and prevent, such as the antiparasitic drugs Hidroxiclorochine and Ivermectine, others say there are natural supplements that can treat and prevent, such as the herbal tonic from Madagascar for example. But most say that a good healthy body has no problem with this disease. Healthy individuals should only take a herbal supplement for prevention, along with Vit C, D3, magnesium and zinc.

And according to the country you live in, the treatment differs, the prevention differs, and the death toll differs. One thing is common, though, the fear. And there is nothing more toxic, more destructive for our immune system that fear.

Nigella sativa is long known to fight viruses. Starting from this scientifically proven, yet not approved fact, a team of scientists from Algeria analyzed if there were components in it that could fight Covid. The in silico study was done using Molecular Operating Environment software (MOE). The results were compared to those coming from  proposed drugs such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, arbidol, remdesivir, and favipiravir.

can the black seeds fight covid?

Obtained results showed that Nigellidine gives the lowest energy (-6.29734373 Kcal/mol) in complex with 6LU7, which is the best score when compared to other docked compounds. Nigellidine gives a score close to the one given by chloroquine (-6.2930522 Kcal/mol) and a better score than hydroxychloroquine (-5.57386112 Kcal/mol) and favipiravir (-4.23310471 kcal/mol).

Docking results with 2GTB show that α- Hederin gives better score (-6.50204802 kcal/mol) than chloroquine (-6.20844936 kcal/mol), hydroxychloroquine (-5.51465893 kcal/mol)) and favipiravir (-4.12183571kcal/mol). Alpha-hedrin in complex with 2GTB (figure 4A and 4B) show that only one hydrogen interaction (H-acceptor) with amino acid Gly 143 is possible with distance about 2.92 Å and energy of -2.2 Kcal/mol.

Obtained results by molecular docking showed that Nigellidine and α- hederin are main compounds from Nigella sativa that may inhibit COVID-19 giving the same or better energy score compared to drugs under clinical tests. Those results encourage further in vitro and in vivo investigations and also encourage traditional use of Nigella sativa, preventatively.

Bottom line, yes, nigella sativa may help prevent the infection with Sars-Cov-2. Take it the way it is also indicated for HIV, with honey.

For better results, use the powder and not the oil. Slowly heat the seeds in a frying pan, till the pungent odor fades away, and grind them. Mix them with honey 1:1 and take a teaspoon one or 2 times per day. Also, don’t forget to take vitamin C, Vitamin D3 +K2 and magnesium. Best prevention! Oh, and also very important, stop the fear. Trust your God with whatever the outcome.

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Also see:

Nigella Sativa may protect against COVID-19, but it has nothing to do with chloroquine!

Nigella Sativa, the black seeds, can cure every disease. Come on…

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16 thoughts on “Nigella sativa, equal or better than proposed drugs!

  1. Hi! Thank you for the information. Why do the seeds need to be heated? Do you know how many mg a tsp of seeds is? Thank you! 🙂

    1. When heated, a certain chemical component that would otherwise hurt the stomach is evaporated. This is especially recommended to persons with gastritis or ulcer. And no, I don’t know the exact grammage of one tsp of seeds.
      All the best!

  2. I take black seed oil instead of seeds and honey,
    Why do you say to take it in seed form?

    1. Hi Mark,

      I know the oil form is easier to take. However, from the information I’ve received from our readers, the powder form works better than the oil. It may have sense if we consider the different processes the seeds underpass. The essential oil (there is black seeds oil and black seeds essential oil on the market) gathers the essence of the volatile compounds in the seeds, not the whole compounds of the seed. I’m not a chemist nor a biologist and cannot tell you the exact composition of the two forms.
      The readers of this site and not only, have said that the black seeds are indeed beneficial in both forms, but that it seems that the powder form works better.
      And yes, you should take them with honey (if you don’t have any interdiction in this regard) no matter the form. When it comes to medication, either synthetic or natural, honey is a powerful enhancer. See here more: Take your medicine with honey. It will enhance its power!
      All the best!

  3. Hi Laura,

    I heated the seeds on low for about 5 mins, but didn’t smell the pungent smell until after I grinded them. Are they still okay to eat if they have a strong smell? How long should they be cooked approximately because I don’t think my husband would eat them with the strong smell! lol….Thank you very much for keeping us informed.

    1. It is normal to feel a more powerful smell after grinding. As I was saying, mix it with honey, and the smell will disappear. But even without it, I don’t think the smell is as powerful after 10 minutes.
      All the best!

  4. Hi Laura,

    Can you heat and grind the black seeds by the pound and store them to use when needed, or do you just need to heat and grind them right before consuming them? I didn’t know if they would go rancid or lose their effectiveness if stored after grinding them. Thank you in advance and for all you are doing to keep us informed!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      It is better to heat and grind every 2 days and not store them for longer. However, you can ease your job if you grind enough and them mix it with honey, in a jar. Then all you need is take a teaspoon. This mixture can stay good for an indefinite time.

  5. Dear Laura,
    Is black seed oil good for premature greying hair?
    Can it be mix with other types of essential oil?
    If so please mention the perticular essential oil/s and how could I mix few of them with black seed oil?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ajith,
      Aside the black seed oils, there are some other essential oils associated with slowing down this process: Rosemary oil, Argan oil, Amla oil, Sage oil, Thyme oil, Sandalwood oil, Chamomile oil, Lavender oil. Make blend with what you can get and use it to rub your scalp. Or,listen to your gut/feelings/ to whichever attracts you more and use it with trust and gratitude.

  6. Dear Lsura,

    Great article & thank you for information. I have a question for you.
    What kind of honey do I need to mix with black seed powder?
    Could manuka honey be used?



  7. Dear Laura,

    Great article. Thanks. How long the above mentioned mixture we should take to prevent Covid 19 ?


    1. Any preventative supplement means taking 2 courses, in spring and autumn, 3 months each.
      Nigella is great to kill any virus, including HIV. But again, with Vit D3.
      So, the most important thing to look after is your level of Vit D3. Do the test periodically and make sure you are in the middle of the range.
      And then just live your life and respect your body!

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