Sesame Seed Black (whole)

Sesame Seed Black (whole)

Sesame Seeds burst forth from the ripe seed-pods of the sesame plant with a shattering explosion, hence the term "open sesame"! 


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Sesame Seed Black (whole)

Black and Golden Sesame Seeds are the un-hulled seeds which may be either black or golden brown. White Sesame Seeds are hulled seeds and are the most popular type to use in cooking. 

When baked or toasted, Sesame Seeds acquire a delicious nutty, crunchy taste, which makes them popular on biscuits and breads and even sprinkled over ice cream instead of chopped nuts.

Black Sesame seeds are used in Japanese and Chinese recipes.

Golden Sesame Seeds garnish and flavor the traditional Turkish bread called simit that is sold by street-side vendors.

Sesame seeds can be used in a variety of ways from sprinkled as a topping on salads or stews, mixed into bread or baked goods, ground into thin paste-like tahini or powdered and mixed with various smoothies


Contents

Black Sesame, Benne, Gingelly, Golden Sesame, White Sesame.

Background

Sesame seeds are tiny edible seeds of a plant of the Sesamum genus, native to both India and Africa. They are considered the oldest oilseed crop in the world and have been cultivated for more than 3,500 years.


Health Benefits

Sesame seeds are a rich source of natural oils, lignans, antioxidants, protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins and vitamin E.

Sesame seeds contain zinc, a vital component in the formation of collagen, which strengthens the muscle tissue, hair, and skin. Also, sesame oil, rich in vitamin E, has been shown to reduce the appearance of burns and marks on the skin, as well as signs of premature aging

Additionally, these tiny seeds are packed with potent amino acids like tryptophan and fat-burning polyphenols like sesamin and sesamol which help promote hair health. Sesame seed oil is often massaged into the scalp to reduce premature greying and boost hair growth. The amino acids and antioxidants in this oil help return the shine back in dull hair.

Natural oil-soluble plant lignans present in these seeds help in the reduction of hypertension. This, in turn, helps reduce the strain on your cardiovascular system and prevents various cardiac conditions. A research study published in the journal Nutrition Review states that these bioactive phenolic plant compounds are in the highest concentration in flax seeds and sesame seeds. Furthermore, magnesium has long been known as a vasodilator (an agent that reduces blood pressure) and these seeds are packed with this essential mineral.

Sesame seeds are packed with a significant amount of fiber, an important element in healthy digestion which can reduce conditions like constipation and diarrhea, while simultaneously protecting colon health and reducing the risk of gastrointestinal diseases. Fiber also works beneficially for your heart, by scraping out dangerous LDL cholesterol from arteries and blood vessels, thereby acting as a protecting agent against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Magnesium in sesame seeds has been connected to reducing the chances of diabetes and managing its symptoms in patients having already developed the condition. Furthermore, it has been shown that sesame seed oil can positively affect the impact of various medications like glibenclamide in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. It improves this medication’s functionality and regulates the insulin and glucose levels in the body.

Sesame seeds are rich in oil-soluble lignans like sesamin and sesamolin, which are known for their antioxidative properties. A research study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that dietary lignans play a potential role in cancer prevention. Furthermore, sesame seeds have a high level of vitamin E, vitamin K, and magnesium, which have an anti-carcinogenic effect on the body.

The seeds also contain phytate, a rare cancer-preventing compound that functions as an antioxidant and reduces the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that have been connected to many forms of cancer. Sesame seeds have also been positively linked to reducing the risk of leukemia, breast, lung, pancreatic, colon, and prostate cancers.

Sesame is the richest source of most of the inorganic nutrients, says a report published in the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society. The impressive levels of essential minerals like zinc, calcium, and phosphorus can be a major boost for your bone health. These minerals are integral parts in creating new bone matter and strengthening and repairing bones weakened by injury or the onset of debilitating bone conditions like osteoporosis.

Sesame seeds, when added to the diet of men from 27 to 40 years , has been shown to improve sperm quality and increases male fertility.

The high content of copper in sesame seeds helps in reducing inflammation in joints, bones, and muscles, thereby contributing to preventing the associated pain of arthritis. Furthermore, copper is an essential mineral for strengthening blood vessels, bones, and joints. Finally, copper is necessary for the proper uptake of iron, a key component of hemoglobin. Therefore, proper copper content in the body maximizes circulation and ensures that the organ systems of the entire body receive enough oxygen to function properly.

Sesame seeds contain a high amount of protein, which gets broken down and reassembled from its component parts into usable proteins for the human body. This adds to overall strength, healthy cellular growth, mobility, energy levels, and a boosted metabolic function. This is confirmed in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.


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Botanical NameSesamum indicum