Health Benefits of Sesame (Linga) Seeds and Oil
By Apolinario Villalobos
- Complements Vegetarian Diet – the oil has 4.7 grams/ounce of protein which is a great supplement to a strict vegetarian diet.
- Promotes Oral Health – the oil helps remove dental plaque and boosts oral health. Swishing the oil diluted in water around the inside of mouth, aside from removing the plaque, also whitens the teeth.
- Prevents Diabetes and Reduce Blood Pressure – The magnesium in the oil has been found to prevent diabetes, aside from lowering BP and plasma glucose in hypertensive diabetics.
- Promotes Healthy Heart – The “sesamol” in the oil prevents atherosclerotic lesions, being an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, aside from being an anti-atherogenic.
- Protects DNA from Damage due to Radiation – The same “sesamol, previously mentioned, protects the DNA from being damaged caused by radiation.
- Prevents Cancer – The “phytate” in the sesame seeds oil has anti-cancer properties.
- Provides Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis – Copper, a mineral known as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant is found in sesame seeds. The mineral helps in reducing pain and swelling that cause arthritis, aside from strengthening blood vessels, joints and bones.
- Relieves Constipation – Sesame seeds are rich in fiber, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a healthy colon.
- Strengthens the Respiratory System and Prevents Asthma – Magnesium is also found in sesame seeds, and which is important in strengthening the respiratory system, as well as, helps in preventing the airway spasms that cause asthma.
- Promotes Healthy Skin and bones – Sesame seeds have zinc which is an essential mineral in the production of collagen that helps the skin regain its elasticity, aside from helping in the repair of damaged tissues in the bones. Externally, the oil can sooth burned skin and prevent skin disorder.
- A drop or two of sesame seeds oil can be added to instant noodles, salads and vegetable dishes to enhance their taste and aroma.
- “Sesame rice” can be prepared by adding a few drops in the newly steamed rice and flavoring it with chopped onions and soy sauce to taste. The oil can also be added to fried rice to enhance its delectable fragrance as it has the tendency to overwhelm the smell of onion and garlic.
- “Sesame seeds oil” can be prepared at home by roasting ordinary sesame seeds bought in the wet market and soaking them in olive or canola oil. Use a glass jar or wide-mouthed bottle for storage.