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8 Super Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

8 Super Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

If you enjoy sprinkling sesame seeds into your cookie batter, on your salads and in your stir-fries, you’ll be happy to know that you’re doing your health a big favor! Tiny, crunchy, nutty sesame seeds are a nutritional wonder. Here’s a glance at the wonderful ways in which they boost your health:

  • These little seeds are loaded with essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus and calcium.
  • The zinc in sesame seeds promotes bone health and prevents osteoporosis later in life.
  • Among all the nuts and seeds commonly eaten across the world, sesame seeds have been found to contain the highest amount of phytosterols, which are known to lower bad cholesterol.
  • Sesame seeds increase your levels of Vitamin E, which plays a vital role in fighting disease.
  • Studies show that sesame seeds can improve the effectiveness of certain diabetes medication.
  • Sesame seed oil is known to reduce hypertension and ease stress.
  • The antioxidants in sesame seeds fight free radicals, thereby promoting youthfulness and strengthening the immune system.
  • A substance in sesame seeds has been found to inhibit the spread of many cancers.

Try these…
Whole-Wheat Crackers with Sesame
Kale Chips with Sea Salt & Sesame Seeds

Related:
The Best Nut Butters

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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9:53AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

8:13PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thx

8:10PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

thanks!

2:20PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

I am absolutely addicted to sesame honey halva ,good to know its so good for us.

9:11AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Thanks

4:38AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Thanks for the information

1:21AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing - it'll be easy for me to increase my sesame seed intake, didn't realise how healthy they were!

5:25PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Awesome. Thank you very much. Bring on the Tahini. I'll be eating more now. Good to know stuff, I love it.

4:45PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Can never get enough sesame seeds. And then there's tahini. And now to know how good they are for you is a big bonus

4:42PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Thank you -- I had no idea sesame seeds were so good for me(us) :) I am going to include these wonderful tastie little seeds in everything that I can now for sure -- I always have enjoyed how they taste -- now I can enjoy how good they taste and how good they ae for me.
:)

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