Sesame seeds, popularly known as ‘Til‘ in Hindi, ‘Nuvvulu‘ in Telugu, ‘Ellu‘ (Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada), ‘Teel‘ in Marathi and ‘Til‘ in Bengali are the oldest condiment known to mankind. 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.
All varieties of sesame seeds are extremely nutritious. They have a high oil content of 40% to 60%. They are a rich source of minerals like copper and manganese. They also contain magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, vitamin B1 and zinc, and are rich in dietary fibre and monounsaturated fats. The nutritional value of sesame seeds is explained below.
- Natural Sunscreen
Sesame seed oil acts as a natural sunscreen for your hair by protecting it from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and pollution.
- High Protein Vegetarian Diet
Sesame seeds are a good source of dietary protein, with high-quality amino acids making up 20% of the seed. Thus, they are perfect to form part of a high-protein vegetarian diet. Just sprinkle them over your salads, veggies, and noodles.
- Prevent Diabetes
Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients that have been shown to combat diabetes. The usage of sesame seed oil as the sole edible oil has been found to be effective in lowering the blood pressure and plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics.
- Cure Anemia
Sesame seeds, particularly the black ones, are rich in iron. Hence, they are highly recommended for those suffering from anaemia and weakness.
- Protection From Radiation Damage
Sesamol, found in sesame seeds and sesame oil, has been found to prevent the DNA from being damaged by radiation. It also prevents damage to the intestines and the spleen.
- Bone Health
Sesame seeds contain zinc that boosts the bone mineral density and the bone health. The deficiency of this mineral can cause osteoporosis in the hip and spine area. Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, a trace mineral that is vital to bone health.
- Oral Health
Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil help in boosting the oral health by removing dental plaque and whitening your teeth. Oil pulling, i.e. swishing your sesame seed oil in your mouth, can reduce the number of Streptococcus mutants in both the teeth and the mouth saliva and boost the overall health.
- Respiratory Health
Magnesium contained in sesame seeds prevents asthma and other respiratory disorders by preventing airway spasms.
- Eye Health
According to traditional Chinese medicine, there is a strong relationship between the internal organs and external parts such as the eyes and the liver.
- blood Pressure Reduction
Nowadays hypertension is a common health problem among women and men from various age groups. Studies have indicated that using this oil can help reduce hypertension. The magnesium in this oil helps reduce blood pressure.