These tiny seeds offer more than a delicate nutty taste and decorative flair!  They have lately gained notoriety as the main ingredient of tahini, an important ingredient in hummus.  But there is more!  Sesame seed surprises include their unique health-promoting benefits.  One of the first crops processed for oil, they are thought to be from India and were introduced to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa from there.  Today we will talk about some important reasons to say, “Open Sesame!”

The incredible benefits of real food constantly amaze me.  Sesame Seeds provide:

  1. Anti-inflammatory Action:  Chronic inflammation is at the root of most of the debilitating diseases in our society.  Sesame Seeds contain phytonutrients that appear to specifically lower chronic inflammation.  Good human trials are being done to explore these benefits.  
  2. Better Oral Health:  Sesame Seed Oil has been used for thousands of years in the traditional Indian medicine of “oil pulling.”  This is a form a mouth cleansing where the oil is “swished” for ten minutes or more and is thought to decrease the bacterial count in the mouth.  There are not yet formal studies done on this practice but many people proclaim the benefits and it is certainly inexpensive and has no side effects.   
  3. Blood Pressure Management:  Because of it’s anti-inflammatory effects, Sesame Seed oil appears to provide protection for arteries in lowering blood pressure.  According to a 2011 study in Nutrition Journal, people who ingested black Sesame meal capsules had a decrease in their systolic blood.  It’s easy to dismiss high blood pressure but important to remember that it is an independent risk factor for heart disease, a major cause of early death and disability in the United States.
  4. A Rich Concentration of Minerals:  A single serving of Sesame Seeds (approximately one-fourth cup) contains more than a day’s requirement of copper and is one of the best natural sources of this essential mineral.  Copper is essential for red blood cell, nerve cell, and immune cell health.  Signs of possible copper deficiency include low body temperature, bone fractures, anemia, and osteoporosis.

One of my personal LIVE YOUNGER strategies is to carry emergency snacks.  Here’s a simple recipe packed with flavor and energy using Sesame Seeds that you may enjoy too!  It has lots of room for variations that fit your own tastebuds.

Sesame Bars

½ cup Sesame Seeds (raw or toasted)

1 cup Walnuts or Pecans

1 cup pitted Dates

¾ cup Raisins

⅛ teaspoon Himalayan Salt

  • Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor until mixture holds together when pressed.  Avoid over-processing to avoid it becoming a paste.  Press mixture into a 9-inch square pan and chill for about an hour.  Enjoy!

START SOMEWHERE today enjoying the many Sesame Seed surprises.  Whether you enjoy them in hummus, on salads, or in snacks, these tasty little morsels will enhance your health.  LIVE YOUNGER by giving your body more of what it was designed to use.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Sesame Seed Surprises

Sesame Seed Surprises