Sesame seeds are not the most consumed by the western world, but they do provide many health benefits.
It can be in a paste format, like tahini, or just as an addition, these small seeds have been part of Ayurvedic medicine in India, especially in winter, because it would generate heat and energy in the body and thus help maintain temperature.
Sesame seeds are loaded with plant protein, in one tablespoon or 9 grams, it contains 1.60 grams of protein, and one tablespoon of tahini has 2.55 grams.
The percentages would increase if peeled and roasted seeds are preferred, since this reduces oxalates and phytates, which make it difficult to digest and absorb proteins.
Thanks to its high percentage of magnesium, vitamin E and other antioxidants, sesame seeds could help lower blood pressure.
In a study, it was shown that with 2.5 grams of powdered black seeds, they could decrease systolic pressure by 6%.
Cholesterol and triglycerides
These seeds are mainly made up of saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats. The combination and percentages that are found would be the perfect combination that could help regulate blood cholesterol and with this all associated diseases.
In one study, daily consumption of 40 grams, or 5 tablespoons, for a month was linked to a 10% reduction in bad cholesterol and 8% less triglycerides.
Red blood cell formation
Red blood cells are essential to maintain the health of the organs, since they are responsible for transporting oxygen to the different organs of the body. Thanks to the high percentage of iron, copper and vitamin B, they are a great contribution to the formation of these fundamental cells.
The shelled and shelled seeds have a cocktail of vitamins and minerals that contribute to bone health. Among those, calcium, zinc, manganese and magnesium stand out.