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Sesame Seed – highly respected for its therapeutic properties by Siddha and Ayurveda

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Known as Ellu in Tamil and, Til in Hindi, SESAME Seed, is a highly respected natural ingredient in Indian Medical systems of Ayurveda and Siddha for it’s health benefits and also in Indian Kitchens for its taste, flavor and versatile use. sesame seed turns out to be the oldest seed oil source, first cultivated by man around 5000 years is also called the queen of oil seeds.

Medicinal benefits

These tiny oil filled seeds with various therapeutic properties are widely recommended in Ayurveda, siddha, Unani and other types of traditional medicines for treating various chronic health conditions. Include sesame in your daily diet for the following benefits.

1. Controls Blood Pressure : Studies reveal that the compounds sesame and sesamolin present in sesame oil aid in reducing blood pressure naturally and also decrease the strain on cardiovascular system. Sesame seeds are also filled with 25 per cent magnesium, a potent vasodilator used in lowering blood pressure It plays a vital role in protecting cardiovascular health.

2. Healthy Bones: Regular consumption of sesame seeds along with hull provides good amounts of calcium, especially for women which in turn contributes to healthy bones. Since, these seeds contain natural compounds like phytates and oxalates that may slow down the absorption of nutrients in the body, eat them after roasting, soaking or sprouting. This will reduce the concentration of these natural compounds by at least half, facilitating more nutrient absorption.

3. Anti-Cancerous: Magnesium and phytate exhibit strong anti-carcinogenic properties. Eat these seeds to reduce the risk of breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate and colorectal cancers.

4. Irregular Periods: Oligomenorrhea or irregular periods is a common problem faced by many women. Irregular periods cause hormonal imbalance, stress, fatigue and it is important to regulate the menstrual cycle. Sesame seeds are filled with lignans that can control excess hormone production .eat Dry roasted seed grinded along with jaggery powder daily during the second half of your menstrual cycle.

5. PCOS: A spoonful of sesame seeds is all you need if you are suffering from PCOS and weight gain. The seeds rich in calcium, zinc, magnesium and loaded with protein is also low on carbohydrates. As a result, these seeds don’t spike insulin levels, and regulate hormone disorders. Toss it in a hot pan and eat it daily in the morning to get rid off PCOS.

6. Improves Immunity: These seeds are a rich source of various nutrients like selenium, copper, zinc, iron, vitamin B6,and vitamin E that play a crucial role in the production of white blood cells to fight infections. If you are suffering from zinc deficiency, eat these nutty seeds to boost the levels.

Culinary uses

Sesame Seeds has versatile use in Indian cuisine as it can be consumed in Various forms;

  • It is especially consumed in winters for its warming nature. The seeds are often blended with warm jaggery, sugar, or palm sugar and made into balls and consumed as a snack as Til /Sesame ladoo.

  • Roasted and powders sesame seeds can be used in sweet and savory dishes like Muruku and deserts

  • It is roasted and powdered and used as an ingredient in IDLI Podi/Powder, Rice Mix, curries, chutney etc.

  • Most common use of Sesame seed is through oil called as Sesame oil or Gingelly oil for cooking.

To reap the benefits of this nutrient-packed Sesame seed, try our Traditional and Homemade NJL Naturals Ellu/ Sesame Ready-mix Idli powder .

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