Last Modified on Aug 04, 2014
Sesame seeds are among the first oil seeds known to humankind. While their utilization began in traditional cooking, their use today has expanded into the world of medicine. With nutritional, preventative, and therapeutic properties, sesame seeds are an excellent nutrient source and health remedy.
What are Sesame Seeds?
Sesame seeds are derived from the sesame plant. This plant is a tall annual herb from the Pedaliaceae family, which grows throughout Asia in Burma, China, and India as well as in Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia. Scientifically known as sesamum indicum, the plant requires a well-drained sandy soil and tropical environment to thrive.
The seeds are found within the pods on the trees pink-white flowers. Sesame seeds come in different variations and may be white, brown, or black in color. Sesame seeds generally deliver a rich, nutty flavor and have a high oil content.
Eaten alone or as an additive to different foods, sesame seeds are effective in a variety of forms. Often added to baked goods or stir fries, the warm, nutty seeds are generally thought of as a condiment. With such astute health benefits and pleasant flavor, sesame seeds are one of the most beneficial food additives available.
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds offer extensive health benefits. The seeds are a rich source of an array of different nutrients. The miniscule seeds are a good source of calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorus, zinc, and dietary fiber. The seeds also contain two unique substances sesamin and sesamolin, which belong to a group of fibers called lignans. Lignans are known for their cholesterol-lowering effect in humans.
With all of these benefits and more, sesame seeds can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis, liver damage, asthma, osteoporosis, migraines, and premenstrual syndrome can be effectively managed using sesame seeds. Likewise, the seeds may help prevent heart attack, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.
When it comes to health, many people think that “bigger is better.” However, sesame seeds demonstrate that even small supplements can pack a potent health punch.
[YEA] Regarding Butt and thighs acne:
I had the worst case of red painful pimples on my butt. It was ugly and depressing. My dear friends, rub the infected area with pure refined sesame oil after each shower or bath. Rub it well after drying yourselves. Then let your skin absorb it for a minute and go on and put your underwear. It has no smell it feels great and in one or two days you will start to notice that no new pimples will develop. In a week time the scars of the old ones will vanish!
I was regulating body cleansing diet for two months and it did it as well, but when I stopped it, it came back. Sesame oil will cure it and still enable you to eat junk and enjoy a very smooth butt cheeks."
[YEA] I have used Sesame oil for many things. I swab my nostrils with the oil to ward off colds, etc. As soon as I feel that little tingle in my nose, I get out the Q tips & oil. As Sesame oil is bacteriostatic, it doesn't allow bacteria to grow. The oil collects the bad stuff on the swab & you toss it away. It is soothing to the tissue & by next morning, all symptoms are gone for me. I continue for a couple of days, 3-4 times a day, to ensure all germies are gone. I drink it for a sore throat. I swab my ears for ear ache. As soon as I feel anything coming on, I take action right away to ward it off. I use it as a moisturizer. I am now reading about oil pulling & will be doing that. I just came across this site yesterday & I see it as a God send. I am experiencing some new issues, too, and I have already sent the link to this site to friends & family. Everyone seems to be so caring & sharing here. Blessings to all of you & thank you!
[YEA] Hi One remedy I have used consistently since childhood is one I learnt from my mother. Its a simple South-Indian remedy.
Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds in a pan till it starts popping. Once it starts popping nicely and starts giving out smoke, add half glass of water and let it boil for a few minutes. Cool and filter the liquid. Drinking this pale yellow liquid has been the most effective cure for diarhhea that I have seen. You can repeat it once more.
I went to an acupuncturist a few days ago and he advised me to eat 2 tbspoons of sesame seeds a day. I bought them and quite enjoy the taste but doing some research I found out that they contain phytic acid which chelates important vitamins and minerals. Is it a good idea to eat them anyway? I will ask him as well the next time I see him.
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytic_acid
"Phytic acid has a strong binding affinity to important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. When a mineral binds to phytic acid, it becomes insoluble, precipitates and will be nonabsorbable in the intestines. This process can therefore contribute to mineral deficiencies in people whose diets rely on these foods for their mineral intake, such as those in developing countries. Contrary to that, one study correlated decreased osteoporosis risk with phytic acid consumption. It also acts as an acid, chelating the vitamin niacin, the deficiency of which is known as pellagra. In this regard, it is an antinutrient, despite its possible therapeutic effects (see below). For people with a particularly low intake of essential minerals, especially those in developing countries, this effect can be undesirable".
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