Health Benefits of Sesame Oil
December 26, 2014
Sesame oil, like coconut oil, is one of the most nutrient dense foods that also has numerous therapeutic properties that make it one of nature’s awesome inventions. It has been around for more than five millennia, and researchers continue to explore the health benefits of one of nature’s wonders. Sesame oil is rich in nutrients like protein, calcium, zinc, thiamine, vitamin B6, iron, and magnesium. But its benefits don’t end there.
It’s good for the skin.
Sesame oil contains zinc, which is important in the production of collagen, a main structural protein found in the skin. Not only is zinc essential for production of collagen for good-looking, healthy skin. It’s also important in the body’s healing processes.
It’s good for your teeth.
Did you know sesame oil has antibacterial properties? Yes, it can be used like a mouthwash in a procedure better known as oil pulling, wherein you swish oil in your mouth. This eliminates bacteria in the mouth and teeth responsible for decay and bad breath. Doing this also whitens the teeth.
It helps regulate blood pressure.
Magnesium has been known to lower blood pressure, and sesame oil has magnesium. Thus, including it in your diet or food preparation has blood pressure regulating benefits.
It protects your heart.
Another great thing about sesame oil is that it has sesamol. Researchers know this compound is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It helps prevent buildup of free radicals in the body and helps fight inflammation. Studies have shown sesamol can prevent atherosclerosis.
It lowers your risk of diabetes.
Another good thing about magnesium is that it also helps regulate glucose in the blood. Patients with diabetes may find this beneficial. According to a study published on the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, sesame oil improved the effectiveness of glibenclamide, a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes.
It lowers your risk of cancer.
Another effect of sesamol is to protect you from damage due to radiation. We get much of it from sun exposure. Sunlight has lots of DNA-damaging UV radiation, which in the long run raises your risk of skin cancer. However, sesamol in the body helps retard the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
There’s one thing more. Magnesium does another thing, and that is to reduce your chances of getting colorectal cancer. There’s another study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that tackles the anti-cancer properties of magnesium. According to the data, 100 mg of magnesium lowers an individual’s risk of colorectal cancer by 12%.
It curbs bone loss.
Sesame oil both has calcium and zinc. Your bones need both of these minerals to stay strong and to fend off the bad effects of aging on your bones. People who are consuming sesame oil are less likely to develop osteoporosis.
It has fiber.
We all need fiber in our diet. Fiber delays digestion and keeps sudden spikes in blood sugar levels after meals. Fiber also adds volume into what we are eating without adding calories. More importantly, it helps keep the colon healthy, helping prevent and treat constipation and prevent colon cancer.