The black sesame has a nutty flavor, is tiny but mighty and has a delicate crunch. You might have seen them in Chinese, Japanese and even Arabian cooking but never thought it could be so healthy for you. Here are 5 surprising benefits of black sesame:
1. Relieving pain in arthritis because it is an excellent source of copper
Copper has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help ease pain in rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. In addition, copper plays an important role in the cross-linking of collagen and elastin—the ground substances that provide structure, strength and elasticity in blood vessels, bones and joints.
2. Slows down aging because of vitamin B and iron properties
Vitamin B and iron is crucial in slowing down the signs of aging such as premature graying of hair, poor memory, blurring vision and hearing loss. The copper also helps to retain collagen in your body including the skin.
3. Strengthens bones because it is calcium-densed
Remember your mom made you drink loads of milk growing up because of it's high calcium content? Guess what? A cup of black sesame has more calcium level than the same amount of milk! For strong and healthy bones, add black sesame to your diet to keep osteoarthritis at bay.
4. Lower cholesterol because of its sesamin and sesamolin
Sesamin and sesamolin are both unique substances found only in sesame seeds. They help reduce cholesterol levels and prevent high blood pressure. An absolutely winning formula for the prevention of heart diseases!
5. The sesamin also protects against cancer
The sesamin also protects the liver against damages by free radicals in the body. Since your liver helps detoxify the body, protecting your liver also means protecting you against many diseases, including cancer.