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Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds One of the first oil seeds known to humankind, sesame seeds have been widely employed in culinary as well as traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. Sesame are an important sources of phyto- nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins, and dietary fibber with potential anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties. Sesame seeds may be tiny, but they have huge health benefits. They were worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages, and for many good reasons 1. Full of Great Protein Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein making up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce. 2. Helps Prevent Diabetes Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. Sesame oil has been shown to prevent diabetes, and it can also improve plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics. 3. Reduces Blood Pressure The same study above reveals how sesame oil lowers blood pressure in diabetics. Sesame seeds are full of magnesium – a key nutrient known to help lower blood pressure. 4. Lowers Cholesterol Sesame helps lower cholesterol levels, because it contains phytosterols that block cholesterol production. Black sesame seeds are especially high in phytosterols. 5. Good for Digestion The high fibber content of sesame seeds helps the intestines with elimination. 6. For Healthy Skin The high zinc content helps produce collagen, giving skin more elasticity and
helping repair damaged body tissues. Regular use of sesame oil can reduce skin cancer. Learn more about Sesame Benefits For Your Skin. 8. Prevents Cancer Sesame seeds contain anti-cancer compounds including phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols. Sesame seeds have the highest phytosterol content of all seeds and nuts. 9. Helps Lessen Anxiety Sesame seeds contain the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium. Sesame also contains the calming vitamins thiamine and tryptophan that help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, assists moods and helps you sleep deeply. 10. Alleviates Anaemia Black sesame seeds are particularly rich in iron, so they’re highly recommended for those with anaemia and weakness.