Sesame Seeds Benefits……
We often think seeing the tiny seeds of sesame that what benefit will this little seed give to such a huge human body. Since childhood I too have eaten sesame seeds in various food items but hardly did I know how beneficial these seeds were to our body.
These small seeds are capable of giving lot of advantages to your body and health. Lets look at some of the benefits.
Rich Source of Proteins
Sesame seeds constitutes of about 20% protein. They contain high quality amino acids. Sesame seeds contain 4.7 grams of protein per ounce which makes it a perfect source for high-protein vegetarian diet. It helps in developing and maintaining muscles.
Promotes Healthy Skin
Sesame seeds contain complex B vitamins which are very important for skin, hair and eyes. B vitamins include thiamin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxin and riboflavin. Sesame seeds are rich in anti-oxidants and they also contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Sesame seed oil is rich in omega -6, omega, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and vitamin B and E which are used widely in beautification products. High zinc content in sesame seeds helps in producing collagen which gives more elasticity to the skin and also helps repairing damaged tissues. Sesame seed oil reduces burn marks on the skin. It also prevents cancer of the skin and prevents pre-mature aging. Sesame seeds detoxifies skin and has healing properties.
Black sesame seeds are rich in iron which is highly recommended to those suffering from anemia and weakness.
Improves Bones Health and Prevents Osteoporosis
Sesame seeds contain zinc that boosts the bone mineral density and the bone health. Deficiency of zinc causes osteoporosis in the hip and spine areas and this deficiency can be overcome by sesame seeds due to its high zinc content. Sesame seeds also contain calcium which is again vital for bone health. Handful of sesame seeds contain more calcium than a glass of milk. Sesame seeds also contains phosphorous. All these minerals create new bone matter and repairs bones that may be weakened by injury.
Sesame seeds contains magnesium and other nutrients which improves plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics. It reduces chances of getting diabetes and manages symptoms of those who already have diabetes. Sesame seed oil is very beneficial for type 2 diabetes patients. It improves the functioning of the oral medications by regulating the insulin and glucose levels of the diabetes patients.
Helps Baby’s Health
Sesame seed oil massage improves growth of a child and also helps in giving baby a sound sleep. Sesame seed oil protects the baby from getting rashes and dry skin. Sesame seed oil when applied on the nose and ears of a baby acts as a protector from skin pathogens.
Anti-inflammatory in Nature
High content of copper in sesame seeds reduces inflammation in joints, bones and muscles, thereby preventing arthritis. Copper strengthens blood vessel walls, bones and joints. Copper is necessary for proper uptake of iron. It also maximizes blood circulation ensuring that all the organs in the body receive oxygen to function properly.
Good for Eyes
According to the chinese tradition, liver sends blood to the eyes. Black sesame seeds are beneficial for the liver as they increase liver blood. Therapeutic effects helps in treating blurred vision and tired, dry eyes.
Good for Digestion
High fiber content in sesame seeds helps in digestion. It bulks up bowel movement and helps them move through the digestive tract smoothly. This reduces conditions like constipation and diarrhea which in turn protects the health of colon.
Helps in Reducing Anxiety
Sesame seeds contain stress-releasing minerals like magnesium and calcium. It also contains calming vitamins like thiamin and tryptophan that helps in producing serotonin which destroys pain, assists mood and helps in giving a sound and peaceful sleep. Magnesium and calcium acts as an antispasmodic by regulating muscle function, that is, contraction and relaxation. Lack of thiamin leads to muscle spasm, moodiness and depression.
Good for Oral Health
There is a process called oil pulling in which certain amount of sesame oil is swished around the mouth. It has strong anti-bacterial and astringent effect on all aspects of oral health. It reduces the presence of streptococcus bacteria which creates havoc in the oral cavities and other parts of the body.
Protects from Radiation Damage to DNA
Sesame seeds contain sesamol which protects against DNA damage from radiation. It also prevents damage to the intestines and the spleen.
Helps in Reducing Blood Pressure
Sesame seeds contain magnesium – a key nutrient to help lower blood pressure. Natural oils in the seeds reduces hypertension. Magnesium is also known as vasolidator which means an agent reducing blood pressure. 25% of magnesium requirement needed daily is found in the single serving sesame seeds.
Beneficial for Hairs
Sesame oil is full of nutrients essential for health scalp and hair. Zinc present in sesame oil helps in formation of collagen which strengthens muscle tissues of hair and skin. Sesame seed oil contains omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 which promotes hair growth. The vitamins, minerals and nutrients present in the sesame seed oil provides a healthy scalp without any dryness, flakiness, clogged pores, hair thinning and hair loss. Sesame seed oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to treat scalp infections. Sesame seed also protects against UV rays and pollution, acts as a deep conditioner and helps in darkening hair.
Improves Respiratory Health
Magnesium present in the sesame seeds prevents respiratory disorders by preventing airway spasm and asthma.
Protects Liver from Alcohol
Sesame seeds helps in decomposing harmful effects of alcohol, thereby maintaining healthy liver.
Sesame seeds contain phytosterols that block cholesterol production. Black sesame seeds are especially high in phytosterols. Sesame seeds contains sesamin and sesamolin which belongs to a group of fibers called lignans and these lignans reduces cholesterol.
Boosts Heart Health
Sesame seed oil prevents atherosclerotic lesions with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as sesamol. Sesame seeds are high in monosaturated fatty acid and oleic acid which helps in lowering bad cholesterol, preventing risk of coronary artery diseases and strokes.
Sesame seeds contain anti-cancer cumpounds like phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols. Sesame seeds contain fat-soluble lignin with phytoestrogenic properties known as sesamin that inhibits proliferation of wide range of cancer cells. Sesame seeds can prevent cancers of breast, lung, pancreas, colon, prostate and leukemia.
So guys grab some sesame seeds on daily basis to give yourself a healthy life.
Stay fit, stay happy.