Sesame seeds are a great source of nutrition, yet most of us don’t consume them all that often if they’re not sprinkled on top of an all-American burger. They’re always a subtle addition to any meal, but their distinctly nutty taste and gentle crunch factor, always seems to add a higher quality feeling to any dish they’re added to. They are capable of pairing well with a variety of foods, so it only makes sense that we should be adding them more often to our healthy dietary plan. Here are four reasons why sesame seeds have proven themselves to be small but mighty when it comes to nutrition.
Rich In Calcium
You probably never expected those little grains on your sushi to be a great source of calcium, but that’s exactly what they are. In fact, sesame seeds are known to have ten times the amount of calcium found in milk, when the hulls of the seed remain on. As you probably do know, calcium is essential in maintaining the strength of your bones and preventing osteoporosis. It can also serve to help prevent migraine headaches.
Reduces Pain From Rheumatoid Arthritis
How do sesame seeds work as a source of pain relief from arthritis? The seeds contain a healthy amount of copper, a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Copper also aids in cross-linking collagen and elastin, so your blood vessels, bones, and joints remain strong.
Works To Lower Blood Pressure
Sesame seeds are a wonderful source of magnesium. Magnesium is important in supporting respiratory and vascular wellness by working to lower high blood pressure, which in turn aids in the prevention of diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Magnesium is also great for preventing migraine headaches, as it prevents headache-inducing spasms of the blood vessels.
Decreases The Risk Of Certain Types Of Cancers
Sesame seeds rank next to pistachios and wheat germ when it comes to levels of phytosterols. These phytonutrients are great for lowering cholesterol, strengthening your immune system, and yes, working to reduce the risk of certain cancers. One of the ways it works as a cancer fighter is by reducing swollen prostate glands.
So how can you work more sesame seeds into your diet?They’re great sprinkled on a variety of dishes, from salmon to pasta to sandwiches. You can also add tahini, a Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds, to your pantry. It works as a great peanut butter substitute. Experiment with placing seeds into your favorite meals, and you’ll be getting a boost in many important nutrients in your diet.
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