The power of the sesame seed dates back thousands of years ago when it was used by the Egyptians as a medicine, while the women of ancient Babylon mixed honey with sesame seeds to prolong youth and beauty. While we can’t guarantee sesame seeds will keep you looking younger, it can actually be really good for your skin and can often be found in many skin care products. Healthy skin is just one of the many benefits of adding sesame seeds to your diet. Below we take a look at the top benefits to adding this seed to your diet.
1. Good for your skin and hair
Maybe they were on to something back in Babylon when sesame seeds were being used to help prolong beauty. This was in the form of an oil but the seed itself carries many complex B vitamins which are important for many parts of your body, including your hair, skin and eyes. These B vitamins include thiamin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine and riboflavin.
2. Packed with health boosting minerals
The sesame seed is rich in the essential minerals of copper, magnesium and calcium. It’s important that your body gets a regular dose of these minerals as they carry many health benefits. Copper is good for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis while magnesium is good for helping those people with respiratory problems.
3. Good source of protein and fibre
They may be tiny in stature but sesame seeds are big when it comes to providing your body with protein and fibre. This protein will help in the maintenance and development of muscles, while the fibre from sesame seeds help support a healthy digestive system.
4. Strong bones
Sesame seeds are a great source of both calcium and zinc, and both these minerals play a key role in helping to maintain strong, healthy bones. Eating sesame seeds on a regular basis can help prevent osteoporosis, making sesame seeds a popular part of the diet of older individuals. In fact, a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed a link between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis in the hip and spine.
Adding sesame seeds to your diet
There are many ways to start enjoying sesame seeds in your diet but perhaps the most popular is to simply sprinkle it on top of your favorite meals. Sprinkle them over a salad and enjoy the nutty taste and added texture of the seeds with your meal.
Or incorporate them into your baking – why not try our Banana & Pecan Bread recipe which uses our ground flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds and goji berries.