Health Benefits of Sesame Seed
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
Sesame seed is gotten from sesame plant. Sesame plant is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum. Sesame seed has been known for many years and it has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. The seed is of great medicinal benefits and some of them are discussed below.
- 1. Sesame oil aids antidiabetic drug.
It has been shown that sesame oil gotten from sesame seed aids an antidiabetic drug. This was documented in a study in 2011 published in Clinical Journal of Nutrition. This study showed that sesame oil improved the effectiveness of oral antidiabetic drug glibenclamide in type 2 diabetic patients.
- 2. Sesame seed can help reduce the risk of developing heart diseases.
Sesame seed contains phytosterols—compounds that has been associated with reduced level of blood cholesterol. This means that heart diseases associated with high level of cholesterol can be avoided by a consuming adequate amount of this seed
- 3. Sesame seed helps maintain stronger bone.
Sesame seed contains high level of calcium and therefore can help in maintaining a healthy bone. Also sesame seed contains many other minerals like zinc which can help maintain a healthy bone. This means that disease like osteoporosis is avoided by consuming an adequate amount of sesame seed.
- 4. Sesame seed contains antioxidants.
Phytic acid—an antioxidant—is present in high quantity in sesame seed. Antioxidants are important because they help the body destroy free radicals that cause oxidative damage to lipids, protein and nucleic acid, which invariably leads to development of degenerative conditions. Consuming sesame seed can therefore help preventing some forms of degenerative conditions associated with free radicals.
- 5. Sesame seed is a good source of essential protein.
Amino acids are very important during cellular growth. Growing children need these essential amino acids for their growth and consuming food containing sesame seed is an effective means of ensuring that these children have what they need for their development. It is advisable for nursing mother to ensure that their children eat food containing sesame seed in the early parts of their lives, although care must be taken because of some reported cases of allergy to it.
Some other health benefits of sesame seed are
- Sesame oil can help remove wrinkles and other skin diseases when applied externally.
- Sesame seed contains Vitamin E, and that is why it can help strengthen the heart and the nervous system.
Nutritive Value : Per 100 gm.
Vitamin A : 15 I.U.
Vitamin B : Thiamine 1.07 mg.;
Niacin : 2.7 mg.;
Also contain Vitamin E : amount unknown
Calcium : 580 mg.
Iron : 5.2 mg.
Phosphorus : 308 mg.
Potassium : 360 mg.
Fat : 24gm.
Carbohydrates : 10 gm.
Protein : 9 gm.
Calories : 280
With all these health benefits of sesame seed and many more (not mentioned here). It is advisable you include sesame seed in your food when next you want to cook. However, as common with nuts, sesame seed can trigger allergic reactions and therefore care must be taken if you are taking it for the first time.