7 REASONS SESAME SEED IS A SUPERFOOD
1) Sesame seeds b-vitamin content: The eight b vitamins help the bod convert food into fuel to produce energy and play a role in metabolising fats and protein. Sesame seeds are a b-vitamin powerhouse.
2) Sesame seed iron content: Just a ¼ of a cup of sesame seeds provides almost 30% of one’s daily need for iron. This mineral is essential for oxygen transport and energy production.
3) Brain health & nerve function: Sesame seeds are rich in b vitamins. Sesame seeds especially contain higher amounts of b1, b2, b3, b5, and b15. For brain health and nerve function, these vitamins, along with healthy fats, are essential.
4) Sesame seeds lower LDL or "Bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "Good cholesterol”: The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which comprises of up to 50% of fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps lower LDL or "Bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "Good cholesterol" in the blood.
5) The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid: Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in mono-unsaturated fats may help prevent coronary artery disease, and stroke by favouring healthy serum lipid profile.
6) Sesame seeds contain many health benefiting compounds: Such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl-methanthiol, guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenyl ethanthiol and furaneol, vinyl guacol, and decadienal. Sesamol and sesaminol are phenolic anti-oxidants. Together, these compounds help stave off harmful free radicals from the human body.
7) Niacin is another b-complex vitamin found abundantly in sesame: About 4.5 mg or 28% of daily required levels of niacin provided from just 100 grams of seeds. Niacin helps reduce LDL-cholesterol concentrations in the blood. Also, it enhances gaba activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.