Obtained from sesamum plant, the cultivation of Sesame Seeds dates back to above 3500 years. Originated in India and Africa, the plant of sesame can grow even under harsh environment. Known for its distinctive nutty flavor, these seeds are used as topping or cooking ingredients for confectionery and snack items, non vegetable dishes and so on. These seeds are used in whole form or are utilized to extract oil from these.
- The seeds of sesame are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber that have numerous beneficial values. Oil extracted from these seeds is effective in relieving hypertension and in maintaining healthy condition of heart by normalizing high blood pressure level.
- Its magnesium content possesses unique anti carcinogenic properties. The high amount of anti oxidants of these seeds help to fight against free radicals and inhibit cellular metabolism that can lead to cancer and cognitive disorders.
- Its mineral content is also effective in regulating glucose level of blood for controlling type 2 diabetes.
- Calcium, zinc, and phosphorous of sesame are instrumental in strengthening bone and in preventing osteoporosis.
- The high fiber content of sesame is useful in improving digestive function and in preventing diarrhea. Fiber is also effective in removal of LDL cholesterol from blood vessels to minimize the risk of stroke and heart attack.
- The copper content of these seeds has significant role in reducing joint inflammation, in making blood vessels strong and in ensuring sufficient supply of oxygen in blood.
- Sesamol organic compound of these seeds has a key role in safeguarding DNA against radiation to prevent cancer.
- The powerful astringent and antibacterial properties of these seeds maintain oral health.
- Their zinc content is useful for maintaining skin elasticity level and on strengthening hair strands.
- Their high protein content improves metabolic activities.
Consumption of large amount of sesame seeds may lead to irritation of colon and stomach.