Sesame seeds have a high nutritive value. They benefit our body as a whole especially the kidneys, liver, stomach and spleen. They are rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, phosphorous, proteins, vitamin E, vitamin B1, fiber and phytic acid.
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds help in digestion, stimulate blood circulation and benefit the nervous system.
Sesame seeds are a best source of iron and zinc. Including sesame seeds in diet would be an ideal choice for vegans as it is often reported that they don’t get sufficient amount of iron and zinc in their diet.
Sesame seeds protect our body from free radicals. Phytic acid present in these seeds inhibits colon cancer.
These seeds contain sesamolin and sesamin, components that may help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. These components are also a good source of omega-6, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that prevent furring of arteries and skin elasticity.
The compound sesamin protects your liver from oxidative damage.
Sesame seeds are the best source of calcium that contains far more calcium than dairy. ½ cup of sesame seeds contains 3 times more calcium than ½ cup of whole milk.
Sesame seeds help relieve constipation. Just eat some seeds if you have constipation to relieve it.
Eat some sesame seeds to remove worms from your intestinal tract.
Sesame oil effectively treats cracked heels. Apply the oil on your heels after cleaning the area thoroughly before sleep in the night.
Cosmetic use of Sesame Seeds
Sesame oil applied externally removes wrinkles. It also cures skin diseases.
Sesame oil slowly rubbed on the skin soothes sunburn, minor burns and helps in healing process.
Daily consumption of sesame seeds helps in gaining weight because of its high caloric contents.
Sesame oil makes an ideal massage oil because of its excellent emollient properties.
Medicinal uses of Sesame Seeds Oil
Sesame is a natural anti – inflammatory agent and and potent antioxidants, which helps relieve many ailments. Following are some of the important medicinal uses of sesame seeds-
Burns – Application of sesame seeds oil calms the burns after exposure to sun or wind.
Dandruff – Regular application of sesame seeds oil kill dandruff causing fungus. Hence, it nourishes and helps relieve dry scalp dandruff.
Skin protection – It protects the skin from chlorine effects in water of swimming pool.
Radiation treatment – Sesame seeds oil subsides the effect caused by radiation therapy and neutralizes the free oxygen radicals.
Malignant melanoma – The oil inhibits the growth of malignant melanoma.
Breast enlargement – The seeds are found to be effective in enlargement and firming the women’s breast. The seeds can be consumed in food and its oil can be externally applied over breasts.
It also keeps the skin soft and supple and protects abrasions, cuts and mild scrapes.
Black sesame seeds improves bowel movement and treats constipation.
Black sesame seeds also reduces cholesterol and thus protects heart.
Sesame seed oil keeps flexibility of joints.
Through research, it is also evident that sesame seeds oil is also beneficial in treatment of diabetes, migraines and hepatitis.