Yes, they’re so tiny but they’re filled with tons of health benefits for us, that’s why they were worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages — Sesame seeds!
Most well-known sesame seeds are white and black seeds, although these two are with some different advantages:
- Black seeds have higher iron content than white ones and normally been made into oil to use and also best suited for medicinal uses
- White seeds contain more calcium than black ones and been used to treat calcium deficiency
But both of them are rich in fatty acids, vitamins and dietary fiber, the nutrients exist in a 1 ounce (28g) serving of sesame seeds.
- Manganese – 0.7 mg.
- Copper – 0.7 mg.
- Calcium – 277 mg.
- Iron – 4.1 mg.
- Magnesium – 99.7 mg.
- Tryptophan – 93 mg.
- Zinc – 2 mg.
- Fiber – 3.9 g.
- Thiamin – 0.2 mg.
- Vitamin B6 – 0.2 mg.
- Phosphorous – 179 mg.
- Protein – 4.7 g.
And provide lots of health benefits for people:
1- Prevent diabetes and lower blood pressure
Sesame seeds contain rich nutrients including magnesium, which has been shown to help prevent diabetes, every 100g sesame seeds contain 351mg magnesium and this super tiny seed is listed in the top 10 foods highest in magnesium. Besides, sesame seeds are also found to be effective in lowering blood pressure, as magnesium is a key nutrient to aid in lowering blood pressure.
2-Promote healthy skin
Sesame seeds are enriched in zinc, which is an essential mineral for glowing skin. It’s often been used as oil:
- Sesame seed oil maintains skin flexibility by keeping it soft
- It helps produce collagen
- It helps tighten the facial skin and control the pores
- It helps repair the damaged skin areas as well as smooth burns
- It helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles by preventing the damages from the harmful rays of the sun
- Regular use of sesame seeds oil may prevent skin cancer
3- Cure anemia
Sesame seeds are believed to be useful in curing anemia and weakness because of the high content of iron, especially black seeds. So they are highly recommended for people who are suffering from fatigue often because of anemia.
4- Improve bone health
Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, which is essential to prevent some bone related problems. The study shows that a handful of sesame seeds are with higher calcium content than a middle glass of milk, and also the zinc inside the seeds do a big favor for boosting bone mineral density.
Sesame seeds contain higher phytosterol content than any other kinds of seeds and nuts, which is an important anti-cancer compound.For the cancer fighting effects, you can simply add a tablespoon of sesame seeds in your yogurt, cereal or salads, they can regulate your hormones naturally and do as a cancer-fighter, particularly beneficial for breast cancer.
6- Promote digestion
The rich content in fiber makes sesame seeds support a healthy digestive system and a healthy colon.
7- Promote hair growth
Sesame seeds oil contains tons of nutrients such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 which are great for promoting hair growth. It’s also rich with vitamins that feeds your hair, regular massage your hair with sesame seeds oil will give you a healthy scalp and hair.
And sesame seeds, particularly black ones are well known for its darkening qualities, it’s a good choice for people who want to own natural darker hair. Massage hair with sesame seed oil together with olive or almond oil can be more beneficial.
8- Treat toothache
Sesame seeds oil may help to relieve toothache by oil pulling, which was shown to remove the streptococcus mutants in the mouth saliva for relieving the toothache and whitening your teeth.
9- Relieve arthritis
As we mentioned above, every 28g sesame seeds contain 0.7mg copper, this mineral is essential for antioxidant enzyme systems to strengthen bones, joints and relieves pain and swelling because of arthritis.
10- Reduce stress
Some nutrients in sesame seeds have stress-relieving properties, such as magnesium can regulate muscle function, to relax muscles; Vitamin B1 has calming properties which have been used in treating depression.
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