The beneficial health effects of Nigella sativa on Helicobacter pylori eradication, dyspepsia symptoms, and quality of life in infected patients: A pilot study

Phytother Res. 2020 Jun;34(6):1367-1376. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6610. Epub 2020 Jan 9.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of Nigella sativa (N. sativa) in addition to quadruple-therapy on Helicobacter pylori eradication, dyspepsia, biochemical-markers, and quality of life in infected patients. In this double-blind placebo-controlled clinical-trial, 51 H. pylori infected patients with functional dyspepsia were randomly assigned to treatment (quadruple-therapy with 2 g/day N. sativa) or placebo groups (quadruple-therapy with 2 g/day placebo) for 8 weeks. Serum levels of interleukin-8 (IL-8), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and malondialdehyde, quality of life, dyspepsia, food-intake, body-weight, and body mass index (BMI) were evaluated at the baseline and at the end of the study. H. pylori eradication was evaluated at the end of the intervention. At the end of the study, H. pylori eradication was more in the N. sativa group compared with the placebo (p = .01). Weight, BMI, and dietary-intake (p < .05) increased significantly as compared with placebo. A significant improvement was also observed in patients' quality of life in the treatment group compared with the placebo (p < .05). The differences of biochemical-markers and dyspepsia between the two groups were not significant. So, N. sativa supplementation with medical treatment may have beneficial effects on H. pylori eradication, weight, BMI, dietary-intake, and quality of life in infected patients.

Keywords: Helicobacter pylori; Nigella sativa; antibiotic resistance; dyspepsia; quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Dyspepsia / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Helicobacter Infections / drug therapy
  • Helicobacter pylori / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nigella sativa / chemistry*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life / psychology*