Sesame seeds are obtained from the plant in the genus sesamum. It is flowering plant bearing the scientific name Sesamum indicum.
The plant is known to thrive in extreme conditions like drought and grows where other crops fail. It is one of the oldest oil seed crops and native to sub saharan Africa and India. Sudan, Tanzania and India are the largest producers of this crop.
Here are some nutritional benefits of the seeds obtained from this unremarkable plant.
Sesame seeds provide a substantial source of iron with a 100g providing 81% of the daily value. Iron is required by the red blood cells for transporting oxygen to the tissues. Deficiency of iron can lead to anemia which is characterized by fatigue, irritability and shortness of breath.
Sesame seeds are loaded with vitamin B6 called pyridoxine whose requirement is greater in old age.
Sesame seeds are a great source of protein. A single ounce of sesame seeds is blessed with 4.7 grams of protein. A high protein diet is known to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60%.
Sesame seeds are incredibly rich in calcium. A 100 g of sesame seeds provide you with 97% of daily calcium requirement.
Calcium is required by the bones to strenghten themselves. A good intake of calcium rich food can prevent you from the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Sesame seeds contain phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols which possess anti cancer properties. Sesame seeds have the highest phytosterols among all the nuts and seeds.
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Sesame seeds provide an ample source of magnesium which is a vasodilator and can help people suffering from prehypertension.
Sesame seeds are a good source of thiamine and tryptophan which are involved in the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin which reduces pain, boosts mood, lower anxiety and help you sleep better.
Being high in zinc, Sesame seeds promote the production of collagen helping the skin retain its natural elasticity and prevent the formation of wrinkles.
Sesame oil is loaded with vitaminE which prevents you from harmful ultra violet rays of the sun.