Sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum) have been used for thousands of years to flavour foods, provide essential fats and enhance skin health. Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed and a rich, nutty flavour, which is why sesame oil, tahini and the seeds themselves are common ingredients in cuisines across the world.
Health benefits of SESAME SEEDS
- Sesame Seeds are a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats (such as PUFA’s) in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
- Sesame Seeds are a source of magnesium (20 g serving). Magnesium helps maintain a healthy muscle and nervous system and contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It is also necessary for teeth and bone structure and the maintenance thereof.
- Sesame Seeds are low in sodium. A high intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with a low sodium intake, is associated with protection against bone demineralization, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, and overall cardiovascular risk.
- Sesame Seeds are high in copper (20 g serving). Copper aids in the formation of bone. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and nervous system.
- Sesame Seeds are a source of zinc (20 g serving). Zinc is necessary for normal immune function and cell division. It promotes the healing of wounds. It contributes to the normal metabolism of macronutrients. It also contributes to cognitive function, DNA synthesis, fertility and reproduction, maintenance of normal hair, skin, nails, bones and vision. It contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood and to the protection of cells from oxidative stress and has a role in the process of cell division. It is necessary for normal taste and smell and is a constituent of insulin and many vital enzymes. Sufficient intake and proper absorption of zinc is needed to maintain proper vitamin E levels in the blood and increases the absorption of vitamin A.
- Sesame seeds have numerous applications in addition to topping bread and buns and making hummus.
- Add to your salads and stir-fries.
- Add sesame seeds to sushi rolls.