Seeds of Power

10/29/2013 1:04:20 PM
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Last modified on Monday, January 20, 20143:15 PM

Sesame seeds are rich storehouses of protein and calcium and are thus a common source of human nutrition.

Nutritional Value
 •    It is high in caloric content, due mainly to fats, but it also contains, minerals like copper, magnesium and calcium. Some nutritionists say a handful of sesame seeds provides as much calcium as a glass of milk does. So it is especially useful for those with lactose intolerance. Sesame seeds are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins, including those under the B-Complex umbrella.
•    They have a high content of the mono-unsaturated fatty acid called oleic acid, which reduces the LDL or "bad cholesterol" component in blood and increases HDL or "good cholesterol."
•    The proteins and amino acids in sesame seeds promote healthy growth, and are specially good for children.

Health Benefits
The various ingredients in the composition of sesame seeds make them useful in building strong bones, easing the symptoms and frequency of debilitating migraine headaches, and strengthening the nervous system. Sesame seeds are also used to tone the skin and keep it healthy, aid respiration, treat and prevent worm-infestation of the digestive tract, regulate blood pressure and promote cardiac health. Some of its constituents, like sesamin and sesamolin are thought to deter the growth of malignant cells and sesame is therefore used in alternative or complementary cancer treatment.
Traditional medicine gives it an important role in treating menstrual problems and in providing additional nutrition to expectant mothers.

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