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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.

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