Sesame seeds are highly nutritive. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, zinc, manganese, calcium, Vitamin B1 and dietary fiber. 

Sesame seeds contain two compounds, sesamin and sesamolin that are responsible for most of its health benefits.

There are three different varieties of sesame seeds: the black, white and red. The black version has the best medicinal properties. Below are some of the health benefits of sesame seeds.

1 Lowering high blood pressure                     
One study has showed that sesame consumption can reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure (1).

Sesame seeds are rich in magnesium and studies have supported magnesium’s usefulness in lowering high blood pressure. If one does not have high blood pressure, then the chances of having stroke, heart attack, and heart failure are low.

2 Anti Cancer potential
studies have attributed the anti-cancer potentials to sesamin, the main active compound of sesame seeds. Sesamin has anti-inflammatory, anti-metastatic, anti-proliferative and anti-apoptotic properties. 

The findings of one research indicates that sesamin, which is found in sesame seeds may have anti-cancer potentials and may help in preventing other chronic illnesses (23).

3 It is beneficial for patients with knee osteoarthritis
One study revealed that the consumption of sesame seeds may be beneficial for the management of knee osteoarthritis (3).
The consumption of sesame seeds has also been compared to the the use of drugs in the management of the signs and symptoms of people suffering from knee osteoarthritis (4). 

4 Prevent the development of atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is the build up of plaque in our arteries. Atherosclerosis puts us at risk for developing cardiovascular diseases like stroke or a heart attack. Research has revealed that the consumption of sesame seeds may prevent the development of atherosclerosis (5).

Strong and healthy bones

Sesame seeds contain zinc and calcium which are essential minerals for strong and healthy bones. A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that those who had a low intake of zinc were more vulnerable to osteoporosis at the hip and spine.

Calcium also helps in preventing bone loss that can occur as a result of ageing and menopause. 

6 Preventing anemia
Black sesame seeds contain iron which is able to help in preventing anemia that results from iron deficiency.

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