The 7 health benefits of sesame seeds
Sesame seeds are a good source of many essential minerals and vitamins such as iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium and vitamins B & E.
They have a nutty flavour and a pleasant crunchy texture when you eat them straight from the pod. These seeds are an excellent addition to your daily diet.
Here are 7 amazing reasons to add sesame seeds to your diet:
They may help to reduce inflammation which plays a role in many chronic diseases like heart disease, kidney disease and cancer.
Good source of fibre
They can help to increase the fibre in your diet which is important for your digestive health and well-being. Fibre can help to reduce your chances of developing different kinds of disease.
Lower blood pressure
Consuming these seeds can help to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is very dangerous as it’s a major factor for heart disease strokes.
They are a good source of vitamin B which the body needs for proper cell function and to support your metabolism.
Blood sugar control
They can help to aid blood sugar control by using the protein and healthy oil / fats they contain.
Boost your immune system
They contain certain nutrients and vitamins that are vital for your immune system such as zinc, vitamins B6 and E and selenium.
Support thyroid health
They can help to support your thyroid function. These seeds contain selenium which is important for making thyroid hormones and aiding your thyroid health.
These seeds contain more protein than any other food. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals and also provide essential fatty acids (EFAs) which promote healthy skin and hair. EFAs are vital to human health and can be difficult to get in our diet.
What are the risks?
Sesames are a common ingredient in many foods and food products, and many people are sensitive or allergic to them. This means it’s important that you are aware of this potential risk and any reactions.
It can be very dangerous for someone to have a sesame allergy. If you or someone you love has a sesame allergy you should always carry an epinephrine injector (an ‘epi-pen’) with you, just in case. Have it on you at all times and know how to use it. Call your doctor or go to the hospital immediately if you or someone you know has symptoms of a sesame allergy attack. Symptoms may include:
- Feeling dizzy
- Swollen throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Skin rash.