An amazingly healthful food utilized for over 5,000 years, sesame may be one of the most potent, nutrient-dense medicinal foods still used today. Sesame seeds are not only praised for their nutritional content in seed form, but are also highly valued for their rancid-resistant oil.
Promotes healthy, beautiful skin - Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevents skin related disorders.
Helps prevent diabetes - Thanks to magnesium and other nutrients, sesame seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes.
Reduces blood pressure - As the above study concludes, sesame oil has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive diabetics. Additionally, magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure - and sesame seeds are loaded with magnesium.
Promotes heart health - Further adding to the health benefits of sesame seeds, sesame seed oil can boost heart health by preventing atherosclerotic lesions. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as sesamol, which also harnesses anti-atherogenic properties, is thought to be one reason for the beneficial effects.
Protects against DNA damage from radiation - Sesamol, has been shown in some studies to protect against DNA damaged caused by radiation. Further, sesamol has been shown to extend life in mice treated with radiation, partly by preventing damage to the intestines and the spleen.
Prevents cancer - Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness anti-cancer properties.
Boosts bone health - In addition to promoting healthy skin, zinc has also been shown to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a whole.
Boosting digestive health, relieving constipation - Sesame seeds are rich in fibre, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a healthy colon.