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The moment you hear of sesame seeds or oil, you relate it for its rich culinary properties. Sesame or commonly known as til, is not just confined to the kitchen, but it is also known to have plenty of highly beneficial and effective health benefits.
Sesame seeds are extracted from the sesame plant and are considered to be a native to Asia and East African countries. However, today, sesame seeds are found and cultivated all over the world.
There are majorly three varieties of these seeds and these come in black, white and red colours.
Sesame seeds are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and a host of other nutrients like calcium, iron and essential minerals.
Also, the best part about sesame is that it contains an important fibre called the sesamin and sesamolin that help in lowering the cholesterol level. Not just this, it also helps in preventing and treating a number of other health issues.
Sesame is known for generating heat and hence it is highly recommended for use during the winter months.
Listed here are a few of the best known health benefits of sesame seeds and oil and why you should make it a point to consume it during winters. Take a look.
1. Boosts Immunity:
Sesame seeds are rich in phytosterol content. Along with the other essential nutrients, the phytosterol content in sesame seeds helps in boosting the immune system and prevents several infections and diseases. Sesame seeds or even sesame oil can be added to your regular food.
2. Prevents Cancer:
Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil is rich in magnesium and also contains an important compound called phytate. This compound is known widely to reduce the risk of cancer. Sesame seeds or sesame seed oil can be added to your regular food for best results.
3. Helps Reduce Blood Pressure:
Sesame seeds contain essential minerals, of which magnesium being the main ingredient. Consuming natural oils of sesame seeds helps in reducing the pressure on your blood vessels and ultimately reduces the blood pressure level.
4. Good For The Heart:
Sesame seed oil contains sesamol and sesamin, a source of good fats. Unlike the other oil, using sesame seed oil helps in lowering the cholesterol level and thus prevents the strain on your cardiovascular system. This in turn helps in keeping your heart healthy.
5. Induces Sleep:
Sesame seeds are rich in tryptophan that helps in making serotonin, a well-known chemical that helps induce sleep. Adding sesame seeds, or even sesame seed oil or paste especially for your dinner helps.
6. Improves Digestion:
Known for its rich fibre content, sesame seeds help improve digestion. Consuming sesame seeds on a regular basis helps in clearing your bowel movement and prevents constipation. This in turn helps in keeping your colon healthy.
7. Helps Treat Gum Disease:
Sesame seed oil can help in providing relief from gum disease. All that one needs to do is take a tablespoon of sesame seed oil, heat it in a pan and then add a few cloves in it and fry them. Take the cloves and then grind them properly. Apply this powdered cloves in the affected area and slightly massage the gums.
8. Good For The Skin:
Sesame seeds and oil is known for its rich mineral content. Of all the zinc content in it, it helps to keep your skin healthy, gets rid of age spots, premature ageing and gets rid of toxins that might affect the skin.
9. Helps Treat Arthritis:
Sesame seeds are known for its high anti-inflammatory properties. Also, due to its rich copper and zinc content, sesame helps in maintaining the bone mineral density, especially in ageing population and helps reduce joint pain and swelling. Make it a point to consume sesame seeds or oil on a regular basis, it helps.
10. Helps Treat Anaemia:
Rich in iron, sesame seeds helps in preventing anaemia. Take a tablespoon of sesame seeds, soak it in warm water for a few hours. Grind it well. Mix it with milk, add jaggery and then drink it on a regular basis. This helps in treating anaemia effectively.
11. Relief For Burns:
Sesame seeds helps in providing relief from burns. Take 2-3 tablespoons of sesame seeds and prepare a poultice. Apply this on the affected area and keep it for a while. This helps in providing relief from burns.
12. Relief For Joint Pain:
If you are suffering from joint pain, then sesame seeds can be extremely helpful. Take a tablespoon of sesame seeds and soak it in water overnight. Have the soaked sesame seeds along with the water early in the morning. This helps in providing relief from joint pain as well as prevents joint pain.
13. Helps Treat Corn:
Sesame is helpful for those suffering from corn. All that one needs to do is soak the feet in warm water for about 10-15 minutes. Pat your feet dry and massage the feet with corn using sesame seed oil. This will help soothe the corn as well as the feet. After about 10 minutes, soak the feet in warm water and pat dry.
14. Prevents Bone Loss:
Rich in calcium, sesame seeds are considered to be extremely good for the bones. Adding sesame seeds in your regular diet helps in preventing any bone loss.
15. Relieves Asthma:
Sesame seeds are rich in magnesium. Due to its rich magnesium content, sesame seeds are known to prevent airway spasm in asthma patients and thus relieves asthma attack.