Sesame oil has so many health benefits that it can be termed as the Queen of Oils. This oil is not as popular when compared to its counterparts like olive oil or coconut oil, but once you know the multiple health benefits of this oil, you will make sure that it becomes a part of your daily diet.
It is high in nutty flavour and brings so much joy to those who eat it. It’s no wonder it has infiltrated Western culture in more recent years.
Nutritional value per 100 gm
- Energy -884kcal
- Carbohydrates -0.00g
- Fats – 100.00g
- Saturated -14.00g
- Monounsaturated -39.00g
- Proteins -0.00g
- Besides, it contains vitamins C, E, K.
- Polyunsaturated – 47.00g
- It contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium.
Sesame oil resists 30% of UV rays, while other oils like coconut, peanut, olive, and cottonseed oils block out only about 20%. Thus, it is a better natural UV protector. It nourishes the dry scalp and helps to kill dandruff causing bacteria. It protects the skin from the effects of chlorine in the swimming pool.
Sesame oil helps in increasing the skin elasticity and smoothness; it reduces the appearance of aging spots and prevents premature aging.
- Fights and prevents bacterial infections (including acne)
- Repairs skin cells
- Soothes eczema and psoriasis
- Reduces the appearance of age spots
- Natural moisturizer
- Natural Sunscreen
- Natural diaper rash cream for babies
Sesame seed oil is high in vitamins and minerals which your scalp loves. From soothing a dry, flaky scalp to getting rid of lice, there are so many different ways to use this oil on your hair.
- Deep conditioning
- Lice treatment
- Soothes and calms a dry and flaky scalp
- Adds shine
- Treats dandruff
- Treats premature greying
3. Healthy Bones
Sesame, a major natural phenolic compound of sesame oil, works at the level of bone marrow to prevent osteoporosis. Adipocytes are cells in the bone marrow that are responsible for maintaining the bone structure.
The important minerals, namely copper, zinc, and calcium in this oil that assist in maintaining bone health. Thus, by maintaining an appropriate level of sesame oil in your diet, the rate of bone growth can be increased, and it will also speed up the process of healing and regrowth of bones.
4. Oral Health
Sesame oil is one of best oils to provide dental hygiene. Oil pulling with sesame oil helps in fastening of loose teeth, eliminating bleeding gums, and teeth whitening. Furthermore, it prevents plaque formation and reduces the count of Streptococcus mutans in plaque and saliva.
This ability to fight against bacteria is seen particularly in sesame oil. For oil pulling, you should keep a tablespoon of raw sesame oil in your mouth and slowly swish it in the mouth and draw through the teeth for 15-20 minutes.
- Fights oral infections
- Prevents plaque build up
- Prevents gum/mouth diseases like gingivitis and cavities
- Fights bad breath causing bacteria
5. Prevent Cancer
Sesame oil is a great source of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and linoleic acid in the form of triglycerides. Both of these are known for their anti-cancer properties.
Studies have shown that sesame oil can play an important role in preventing colon cancer as it stops the growth of cancer cells and at the same time does not affect the normal cell lining.
Furthermore, we have seen that it even provides maximum UV protection, and hence, might be useful in preventing some type of skin cancer.
6. Antibacterial Properties
Sesame oil is used in Ayurveda because of its anti-bacterial properties which is effective against common antibacterial pathogens like streptococcus and Staphylococcus as well as fungal infections. It is also mentioned in Vedas for its amazing antibacterial properties.
7. Reduces Diabetics
This oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Sesame oil has a synergistic effect on glibenclamide. The combination therapy significantly lowered blood sugar and Hba1c more than oil alone did.
8. Lowers Blood Pressure
According to a research of Annamalai University and published in yale University of biology and medicine,
It lowers blood pressure and lipid peroxidation and increase antioxidant status in hypertensive patients.