Sesame seeds may be consumed in various preparations; sesame oil is also available. Sesame seeds are very nutritious, and sesame leaves are used in various therapies.
Sesame has its origin in tropical areas. In Africa, it is known “benne” which means luck. The sesame stalk may grow as tall as 1.5 metres, and it is covered with dented leaves from the top to the bottom.
The nutritional properties of sesame seeds are extremely high
1. They contain more calcium than milk
Sesame seeds contain a high amount of calcium without also having the negative effects of lactose found in milk. The amount of calcium found in a cup of milk is the same as the amount contained in ¼ cup of sesame seeds.
2. They contain lignin
Sesame seeds contain a high amount of sesamin and sesamolin, which belong to a group of beneficial fibres called lignin. These fibres reduce cholesterol levels and prevent hypertension. Sesamol protects against the deterioration of ADN and sesamin protects the liver against oxidative deterioration.
3. They are an excellent source of phosphates
Phosphates are very beneficial as they reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and thus they ameliorate the health of the heart.
4. They contain a high amount of proteins
Sesame seeds contain amino acids. These acids are essential in the production of some complete proteins. In fact, sesame seeds contain more proteins than nuts: 100 g sesame seeds contain 18 grams of proteins.
5. They are an excellent source of copper and magnesium
Copper is a powerful antioxidant which helps the immune system. Also, it is an antioxidant, and it is used by enzymes that build up the connective tissues. In addition, copper has a vital role in the absorption of iron, thus helping in the prevention and treatment of anemia.
Manganese is a nutrient important for the bones and for various enzyme systems.
Sesame seeds re beneficial in respiratory illnesses, diseases of the intestine such as diarrhea and dysentery, in disturbances of the menstrual cycle and in urinary tract infections. Also, sesame seeds help in cases of hemorrhoids, constipation and indigestion.
Some ways sesame seeds can be used
For maximum benefits, sesame seeds should be eaten raw. They may be added to salads, creams, sweets and milk. Sesame oil has the same properties as raw sesame seeds.