5 health benefits of sesame seeds
The sesame seeds are the fruit of the herbal plant sesame (Sesamum Indicum) and they usually have a red, black or white color. It has been successfully used both as a cooking ingredient and in the medicine. Sesame seeds are fine, flat and they have an oval shape, with a specific oily flavor and a really thin skin.
They are the main ingredient in the famous oriental dessert called “halva” and in the sesame paste called “tahini”.
The sesame seed gives an incredible taste to dishes, strengthens the health condition, and the abundance of vitamins and minerals make it a powerful immunostimulator. Here is a list of 5 health benefits of the sesame seeds:
1.The regular consumption of sesame helps the proper digestion
The sesame contains a significant amount of fibers - a key element to a healthy digestion system which increases the bowel movement and stimulates the peristaltic movement.
Besides that, the fibers also health for the proper heart function as they decrease the levels of the bad LDL cholesterol in the blood vessels and arteries and in that way they prevent cardiac attacks and atherosclerosis.
2.Sesame seeds can improve the condition of your skin and your hair
The sesame is rich in zinc which is the main component of collagen and the collagen plays a key role in the health of muscle tissues, hair, and skin. Zinc is helping the skin to be beautiful and elastic while it boosts the process of regeneration. It is proved that the sesame seed oil is a good friend in the fight with burned areas and scars, and it also slows down the aging.
3.We can strengthen our bones with regular consumption of sesame
Those seeds contain high levels of important minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, and calcium which contribute to the health of our skeletal system. Those minerals play a key role in the creation of a new bone system and the invigoration of the weak bones.
Besides that, sesame seeds are a source of the mineral copper which makes them a powerful remedy for the pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
4.Sesame seed oil has a powerful antibacterial effect
One of the magnificent effects of sesame seeds is the one for oral health.
Chewing sesame seed extracts pure sesame oil in our mouth which has a strong tightening and antibacterial effect on our oral health.
The regular gargle with sesame seed oil has a favorable effect on the gums, it removes the dental plaque and has a whitening effect on the teeth.
5.The consumption of sesame can decrease the chance of cancer formation
As mentioned before, sesame seeds contain many different vitamins and minerals and magnesium is one of them. It is famous for its anticancer effect.
Sesame is also rich in the compound “phytate” which is a powerful antioxidant and reduces the effect of free radicals.
All said so far, leads to the conclusion that sesame seeds are good for our entire health and you can only benefit if you decide to include them in your daily food regime! There are many different ways to do that but me personal favorite is adding them to different pastries!
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