10 health & Nutritional Benefits of sesame seeds

The sesame seed is a well-known and probably the oldest of all cultivated seeds crops. The seeds are small and are rich source of protein, magnesium, iron, copper, B vitamins, vitamin E, antioxidants.

Here are 10 benefits of sesame seeds.

Natural Benefits

Sesame seed kernels are very nourishing. the hard husk of sesame seeds must be removed prior to consumption, as it is abrasive on the intestines and is rather bitter, due to high concentration of oxalic acid and phytates.

To maximise protein availability, its good to use roasted and hulled seeds. The roasted and hulling reduces the oxalates and phytates, which in turn increases the absorption of protein.

There are three varieties of sesame seed black, white and red. The black has the best quality of oil and is also best suited for medical purposes. The white seeds are rich in calcium and are useful in all cases of calcium deficiency, the red variety is rich in iron.

Oil extracted from sesame seed is a very high medicine quality it has a finest flavour and high boiling point due to which it's also used as a massage oil.

Anaemia 

Black sesame seeds are a rich source of iron and is valuable in anaemia. Soak the seeds in warm water for few hours and then grind them. Mix the paste with milk. You can add jaggery or honey to taste better.

Respiratory disorders

The seeds are used in respiratory disorder. And infusion of sesame seeds mixed with a tablespoon of linseed, a pinch of common salt and desert spoonful of honey should be given once at night in acute and chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. it acts as an expectorant.

Menstrual disorders

Half a teaspoon of sesame seed powder taken with hot water twice daily helps in reducing spasmodic pain during menstruation. Its regular use before menstruation helps in scanty menstruation.

High Blood pressure

Sesame seeds are rich in magnesium, which may help in lowering the high blood pressure. The vitamin E, lignans and antioxidants prevents the build-up of plaque in the arteries.

Healthy Bones

Sesame seeds are rich in calcium and zinc, these are nutrients vital for bone health.

Having the seeds after soaking, roasting or sprouting, improve the absorption of these minerals.   

Menopause 

Sesame seed are beneficial in reducing the symptoms of Menopause. The seed contains Phytoestrogen, compound that is similar to plant oestrogen.

Thyroid health

Sesame seed helps in thyroid heath as it contains selenium, iron, copper and zinc. These are the raw materials required for the production of thyroid hormones.

Piles

Sesame seeds are highly beneficial in treatment of piles. They are taking and form of decoction, ground soaked seeds and take a spoonful of it with water.

Hair growth

Sesame seeds strengthen the roots. The omega fatty acids content present in the seeds help promote hair growth and also repairs hair damage. They also help in moisturising the scalp and improve blood circulation to rejuvenate hair follicles.

other Uses and preparation

The seeds can be used in variety of ways.

Sesame is grown for its edible seed which are a source of oil. The oil is used as a substitute for olive oil in salad dressing and in cooking.

The seeds can be eaten in salads, soups, smoothies, salad dressings. Sesame seeds mixed with sugar or jaggery is a popular sweet in Africa and Asia.

People with sesame allergy has to take care and avoids any foods containing sesame in it.


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