Healthy Foods You Should Eat Everyday

Sesame Seeds

sesame seeds benefitsSesame seeds are a popular culinary ingredient and are also used as natural healing remedies due to their numerous nutritive, preventive and curative properties. The seeds come from sesame plant, an annual herb that is grown extensively in Asia and some parts of Africa. The seeds contain a high content of sesame oil, which makes them very valuable, as the oil is extremely resistant to rancidity.

They are also a rich source of phytonutrients such as vitamins, anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, and omega-6 fatty acids. Sesame seeds have a nutty taste, and they are used as ingredients in many Asian dishes. They are also grown as staple foods in some parts of Africa.

Sesame Seeds Benefits

The high nutritional value of sesame seeds provides them with numerous health benefits. The seeds have been used for medicinal purposes by various cultures around the world for hundreds of years.

Rich in Beneficial Minerals

Sesame seeds are an excellent source of a myriad of beneficial minerals, which includes copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, selenium and molybdenum. This wide range of minerals provides them with a variety of health benefits which include:

1. Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sesame seeds have a high content of copper, an important mineral in several anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant enzyme systems. The seeds therefore help to reduce the pain and swelling experienced by people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Prevention of colon cancer, migraines, osteoporosis and premenstrual syndrome
Sesame seeds are a rich source of calcium, which has a variety of health benefits that include protection of colon cells against chemicals that cause cancer, preventing bone loss, reducing premenstrual syndrome symptoms and preventing or providing relief to migraines.

3. Increased bone health
Sesame seeds are also a rich source of zinc, an important mineral that increases bone density.

They help to lower bad cholesterol

Sesame seeds have a high content of oleic acid, a mono-saturated fatty acid, which contains up to 50% fatty acids.  Oleic acid helps to lower the body’s LDL (bad cholesterol), while at the same time increasing HDL (good cholesterol).

By lowering the bad cholesterol, sesame seeds help to protect the body from various diseases and conditions associated with high cholesterol levels, for example, coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.

They have numerous skin health benefits

sesame seeds benefits

Black Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are rich in anti-oxidants and they contain a myriad of antiviral and antibacterial properties. This enables the seeds to provide several benefits to the skin. These benefits include:

1.  Increasing blood supply to the skin and nourishing the skin cells

2.  The oil extracted from the seeds is used as a beautification product

3.  Sesame seed oil can be used to treat sunburns, protect the skin from harmful rays of the sun and prevent the appearance of pigmentation and wrinkles

4.  The anti-oxidants contained in sesame seed oil help to detoxify the skin

 

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