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Sesame Seed and Sesame Oil Health Benefits

Sesame seed is the oldest oil crop known to mankind, it was in use well over 7000 years ago in India. It is a special plant and can grow in any condition and in most soils and it is often called as the survivor crop as it can grow even in drought conditions.

Sesame seeds possess the maximum oil percentage; it is widely used as a nut as well as used to produce the highly nutritious sesame seed oil.

Ayurveda and Siddha Literature:

In Ayurveda and Siddha Sesame and Sesame oil play a key role. In Tamil literature and medicine, it plays a keyrold. The name of this oil is நல்ல எண்ணெய்(means Good Oil) and there are several ancient medicinal proverbs such as “இளைத்தவனுக்கு எள்ளு கொழுத்தவனுக்கும் கொள்ளும்”

Which means Sesame can be prescribed for those who are underweight/malnoursished as well as for those who are overweight to normalize their metabolism. Today the modern medicine widely acknowledges this. Sesame is now accepted as a metabolic regulator. Another thing that sesame oil was used for in Ayurveda is as a medium to prepare herbal medicine. Any herbs mixed with sesame oil remain unaltered for a long time. It is because of the huge amount of anti-oxidant content that it has.

Kamal-Eldin et al. have reviewed patent literature claiming beneficial effects of sesame seed. They note that these health claims are based on the very high levels (up to 2.5%) of furofuran lignans with beneficial physiological activities, mainly sesamin, sesamolin, and sesaminol glucosides.[1] Among edible oils from six plants, sesame oil had the highest Ferric Reducing/Antioxidant Power (FRAP) value, which means the herbs and additives are better preserved in sesame oil.

In Ayurveda and Siddha medicine Sesame Oil is advised holds that gargling with sesame oil after brushing one’s teeth will reduce gum disease and mouth ulcers while eliminating plaque. These effects are visible to your right away; however there are numerous diseases that oil pulling cures

Oil Pulling Therapy guarantees to give you fresher breath, healthier gums, whiter teeth and help protect you from many chronic health problems. – Dr. Bruce Fife

Today modern medicine accepts that there are more than 30 Chronic diseases that can be prevented/cured by oil pulling [2]

Sesame Seeds Benefits


Taking a sesame oil bath with a simple self-massage is considered mandatory in Tamil (Siddha) tradition. Siddha Yogic Tamil medicine philosopher Auvaiyaar as quoted “சனி நீராடு” means take a full shower once a week with sesame oil head and body massage on Saturdays. In Indian tradition a week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday, so relax and rejunevate the body it was advised to take a complete sesame oil massage-bath on Saturdays. It has numerous benefits including better skin and reducing stress.

Sesame oil is used for massage and health treatments of the body abhyanga and shirodhara treatments and teeth (oil pulling) in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic system. In Ayurveda views sesame oil is considered to pacify Vata aggravation.

Sesame Seed Nutrition:

Sesame Seeds are very rich in Protein (25% by body weight) and has around 50% high quality fats. It is the most stable vegetable oil and will not go rancid even after a long time. Sesame seed oil is one of the richest sources of omega 6 fatty acids. In addition to other nutrients it also has high level of natural antioxidants (sesamin, sesamolin, and sesamol).

Sesame seeds contain phytosterols associated with reduced levels of blood cholesterol, hence this oil is considered good for even people with heart conditions. Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium and are therefore suitable for women who sufferers of osteoporosis. Sesame seeds also contain a high amount of the antioxidant phytic acid.

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[1]. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21114470
[2]. http://www.oilpulling.com/diseasescured.htm

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Ajithkumar, an Engineer and a management professional is the founder of AlternativeMedicineWiz.com. He’s practiced Yoga and Pranayama for more than a decade, after learning it from his renowned guru Gireeshan. He has a keen interest in Ayurveda and Siddha medicine.

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