Unfold the secrets that sesame seeds have in store for good health. From anti-ageing properties to maintaining one’s gut and heart, the good ol’ Indian til could be a valuable addition in one’s lifestyle.
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine and healing system suggests the use of til or sesame seeds as a remedy for various health related problems. It suggests the application of til oil for healing wounds, relieving joint pains and for controlling premature greying of hair. The consumption of sesame is also a recommended solution for bad breadth and mouth ulcers. But how do these tiny seeds bring about healing?
Sesame seeds, particularly the black ones (sesame seeds also appear in brown and white tones) have a high content of healthy fats and hence are also a good source of energy. They possess polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega-6, fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus; and it is the presence of these properties that makes them fit for the following purposes and in these manners:
Til for healthy bones: According to reports, bone mass starts decreasing after the age of 30, more aggressively in women, who lose bone strength after menopause. Since black sesame seeds are high in calcium and zinc, they make for an excellent bone damage healer. For the consumption of til for healthy bones, include them in your daily diet when the weather is cool. Roast them and have them with cereals, mix them in flour, or have them as a snack.
Til for healthy hair: Sesame seeds have highly nourishing, lubricating and healing properties, which help in improving the colour of hair and prevents premature greying. Application of til oil is also good for controlling dry hair and hair fall. Til seeds contain Vitamin B and iron, which fight the ageing of hair.
Til for busting stress: A massage with til oil can cure recurrent back pains and muscle cramps. It is also good for skin so weekly massages can relieve one not just from stress but also dry skin.
Til for a healthy gut: Using til oil in cooking can aid in relieving one from constipation and even piles. Oil from the sesame seeds lubricates the intestines well and improves bowel movement. Sesame seeds are also rich in fibre and have unsaturated fatty acid content and thus their oil makes for a healthy cooking option. Consumption of the seeds can also help in clearing up worms in intestinal tract and hence aid the digestion process.When not using in the form of oil, grind sesame seeds or soak them overnight to make them more digestible.
Til for a healthy heart: Black sesame seeds are rich in magnesium, which help prevents hypertension and keeps blood pressure in check. They are also beneficial for maintaining haemoglobin levels and building stronger immunity.