Top 5 Benefits of Sesame Seed Oil
People tend to think of oils as unhealthy, but it isn’t fair to paint them all with the same brush.
Yes, low-quality oils are definitely bad for you, but a pure, high-quality oil can be just the opposite.
Many nut, seed and vegetable oils have a lot to offer your body and your overall health. Sesame seed oil is one such hero, and my task today is to ensure that it doesn’t remain unsung.
Sesame seeds are a popular ingredient in many baked goods and other foods, but sesame seed oil is used widely in many world cuisines, especially Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes.
You don’t need to develop a whole new range of cooking skills though, you can take this oil right off of the spoon, add it to a smoothie, use it in a salad dressing or add it to cooked foods. Plus, it’s an excellent option for oil pulling — a great practice for dental health that you can learn more about, here.
Sesame oil is excellent for your skin and hair, it’s high in protein and it’s great for digestion. It also helps with inflammation-related pain, stress and even PMS symptoms.
Obviously, this tiny seed (and the oil inside it) can accomplish great things! We’ve only scratched the surface though. Sesame oil is capable of even more:
Five Things Sesame Oil Can Do For You:
1.Provide Circulation and Metabolism Help
Sesame oil contains a lot of copper and zinc, responsible for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the lungs and ultimately to all the tissues of the body.
Healthy red blood cells promote good circulation and ensure that toxins are filtered out of the body. The writers at Organic Facts note that: “With the significant percent of copper in sesame oil, your body is sure to get the right amount of blood flowing to the organs and tissues, ensuring a healthier and more high-energy lifestyle!”
2. Support Diabetes Treatment
Sesame oil is high in magnesium and also contains other nutrients that help with diabetes control. Numerous studies have shown the benefit of sesame oil for people struggling with diabetes.
New Health Guide explains the findings of one such study: “Sesame oil has been shown to decrease both blood pressure and glucose in patients with both diabetes and high blood pressure. The magnesium and other nutrients in sesame seeds were shown by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to improve the effectiveness of the oral diabetic treating drug glibenclamide in type 2 diabetic patients.”
3. Encourage deep and restful sleep
Sleep is extremely important for peak bodily function and to ward off illness. Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease, mental health issues, high blood pressure, kidney disease and diabetes.
Sesame oil contains high levels of magnesium and calcium, which are known to relieve stress both mentally and physically and help you to get deep, restful sleep.
Diana Herrington at Care2 identifies two additional nutrients in sesame oil that can improve sleep quality: “Sesame also contains the calming vitamins thiamin and tryptophan that help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, assists moods, and helps you sleep deeply.”
Getting better sleep, and more of it is definitely one way to improve your overall health.
4. Promote Healthy Cellular Development
Sesame seed oil can also work to protect your cells from harmful mutations and encourage healthy growth.
Mike Barrett, co-founder of Natural Society, writes that: “Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness anti-cancer properties.” Sesame seeds also contain sesamol which is known for its preventative qualities as well.
Vitamin E is another component of sesame oil, and it’s a powerful antioxidant. You need antioxidants to help keep free radicals in check, or they’ll run rampant and mutate other cells.
Free radical cell damage can lead to symptoms like fatigue, memory loss, inability to sleep and it can lead to disease. Antioxidants sacrifice their electrons to free radical cells and stabilize them, strengthening your immune system and preventing oxidative stress.
5. Encourage Better Bone Health
LiveStrong.com has a post about the Ayurvedic tradition of using sesame oil for bone health: “Sesame oil is the only oil that has the power to penetrate all seven layers of the skin, deep into the body’s organs and tissues, ultimately strengthening the bones.” This makes sesame a great choice for massage. Get our free sesame massage oil recipe, here.
We know that sesame seeds are loaded with magnesium and calcium (more calcium than any other seed, in fact), which work together to elevate bone health, and they are also high in zinc which improves bone mineral density.
Whether you consume sesame oil or apply it topically, getting it into your body daily is a great idea. Why? Not only can it help to support strong healthy bone growth and development, it can speed up the healing process should you get hurt, and protect you from damage as you age.
This one bottle contains a fusion that is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a great way to maximize benefits; adding it to your routine will help you round out your diet without overwhelming yourself…or your counter space!
Our Perfect Press Technology ensures that there is no damage to the oils. Then we blend them and store them in UV-protective Miron glass bottles to keep them fresh and nutritious. Panaseeda Five Seed Blend is a great addition to smoothies, dips and salad dressings.
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