While the power of sesame dates back thousands of years when it was used as a medicine by the Egyptians, ancient Babylonian women used to mix sesame with honey to maintain youth and beauty. Although there is no guarantee that sesame will make you look younger, it is a fact that it contains essential vitamins for your skin and is found in most skin care products.
What are the Benefits of Sesame?
Sesame contains high quality protein, this protein helps to protect and develop muscles.
It helps to lower blood pressure as it contains the mineral magnesium.
Studies have shown that sesame oil can prevent diabetes and help regulate plasma glucose in diabetic patients.
Contains phytosterols that inhibit cholesterol production.
Its high fiber content helps regulate intestinal functions.
Sesame contains high levels of zinc. With this feature, it supports the production of collagen. Sesame, which gives elasticity to the skin, also repairs damaged cells and body tissues.
Sesame oil can reduce the risk of skin cancer when used regularly.
Thanks to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound called sesamol, it benefits heart health by preventing atherosclerotic lesions.
Sesame contains calcium and magnesium, known as stress-relieving minerals. It also contains calming vitamins. In this way, it improves mood, reduces pain and helps you to have a deep sleep.
Black sesame is very rich in iron. Black sesame is recommended for people with weakness and anemia.
It supports the strengthening of joints, bones and blood vessels.
It ensures the continuity of healthy liver function and reduces the negative effects of alcohol.
A handful of sesame contains more calcium than a glass of milk, along with its high zinc content, it increases bone mineral density. Regular consumption of sesame can help prevent osteoporosis in elderly individuals. A study has shown a link between low dietary zinc intake and osteoporosis in the hip and spine.
It contains complex B vitamins necessary for skin shine and hair growth.
How to Use Sesame?
The most common use is to sprinkle on favorite dishes. It can be used in making bread and cakes or in salads. If you do not have any allergies, it is appropriate to use 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds per day. Chewing raw seeds provides the most benefits, but those with digestive disorders may prefer sesame seeds by soaking them overnight or soaking them in water for 4-5 hours. Lightly roasting or battering is also fine.
What Are the Side Effects of Sesame?
It is generally safe when taken orally in specified amounts (such as 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon). Excessive use can cause low blood pressure or blood sugar. Sesame contains high fiber content, it may increase the risk of intestinal obstruction in people with benign anastomotic stenosis. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if sesame is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. In this regard, stay on the safe side and only consume in edible amounts.
Important Note: People with serious chronic diseases, those with intestinal problems, those with allergies, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should consult a doctor before using sesame and sesame oil, and any food that the doctor does not approve should not be consumed.