Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

In today’s video, we’ll talk about some of the major health benefits of Sesame Seeds.

We all would have eaten til (sesame) chikki or ladoos during the festival of Makar Sankranti. We also use them on top of naan and kulchas. We even use them in mouth freshners. Sesame seeds are known as til in Hindi. Sesame seeds are tiny pods. They are quite rich in oil and are used in many recipes from around the world. In fact, as they are known to possess multiple benefits, these seeds have also been used in many medicines for thousands of years. Check out five health benefits of sesame seeds that you should know.

  1. Lowers Cholesterol

Sesame seeds comprise types of fat that are good for health. Additionally, they also contain chemicals that lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease caused due to high cholesterol.

  1. Lowers Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is known as a major risk factor for heart disease. Sesame seeds, however, can help you stabilize high blood pressure as it contains magnesium which brings blood pressure down to normal levels. The Vitamin E, and other antioxidants in them may help prevent the formation of plaque in your arteries, further helping you get relief from high blood pressure.

  1. Reduces inflammation

Long-term inflammation in the body can lead to multiple ailments like obesity, cancer, heart disease, and kidney issues. However, consuming sesame seeds daily may help reduce inflammation. Many studies on animals have concluded that these seeds have anti-inflammatory properties.This can be due to the presence of sesamin, which is a compound that is found in sesame seeds and their oil.

  1. Boosts Immunity

Sesame seeds are rich in many nutrients, including zinc, which is helpful in developing and activating white cells in the body. White cells recognize and attack invading microbes (virus and bacteria) which cause illness. If the level of zinc in the body is low, the development and activation of white cells will be less and this will lower your immunity. Eating sesame seeds will help in developing white cells which will help in improving immunity. 

  1. Supports Thyroid Health

If you're suffering from a thyroid condition, adding sesame seeds to your daily diet can be helpful. Sesame seeds contain nutrient, selenium which is vital in the production of thyroid hormones. Regularly eating substantial portions of these seeds — not just an occasional sprinkling on a burger bun — may help in keeping you healthy. To optimize your nutrient intake, you can eat sesame seeds soaked, roasted, or sprouted. However, there are many people who are allergic to sesame seeds, kindly contact your doctor before consuming.