It has been more than 2,500 years that people in many cultures have been regularly employing sesame oil for culinary purpose. Despite this, people have only become aware of the health benefits of sesame oil during the last one decade. Sesame oil is extracted from sesame seeds and provides us a copious resource of antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats as well as numerous minerals and vitamins. Although sesame oil has never been extensively discussed or frequently talked about healthy source of essential fatty acids, several clinical studies as well as subjective reports hint that this vegetable oil offers several possible health benefits and can certainly be helpful in maintaining the normal balance of our body.
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Sesame oil is indeed an outstanding resource of the healthy polyunsaturated fats, counting omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids and omega-9 fatty acids. In fact, polyunsaturated fats are essential for growth as well as development and there is strong substantiation that endorses their part in putting off as well as treating chronic ailments like hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary heart disease, diabetes and even arthritis. It has been found that sesame oil also helps in lessening elevated blood pressure, sustains the normal levels of blood pressure, augments the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or 'good' cholesterol in the bloodstream, and reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or 'bad cholesterol'. All these helpful effects of sesame oil have been attributed to the high level of polyunsaturated fat naturally present in it. It is worth mentioning here that consuming polyunsaturated fatty acids may perhaps also aid in putting of osteoporosis due to deficiency of the female hormone estrogen. However, the precise means by which this occurs is yet to be ascertained by the scientists.
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One more factor that makes sesame oil a healthy food is that both sesame seeds as well as the oil extracted from them are loaded with antioxidants that are obtained from chemicals present in plants and called phytochemicals. In fact, antioxidants work to neutralize the consequences of free radicals, bacteria, viruses - molecules present inside our body, which destroy cells and also hasten the aging process.
Sesame oil encloses considerable quantities of sesame lignans (a class of phytoestrogens), such as episesamin, sesamin and sesamolin. Lignans can be described as compounds present in plants and to some extent they are accountable for the antioxidant and antihypertensive attributes of sesame oil. Studies conducted on animals have revealed that sesame lignans also possess the aptitude to lessen the levels of cholesterol by means of obstructing the assimilation as well as development of LDL or bad cholesterol. The lignans present in sesame oil bring to bear their antihypertensive actions by augmenting the excretion of sodium - a process that lowers the volume of blood and applies a smaller amount of pressure on the walls of the arteries. In addition, sesame oil is an excellent resource of another antioxidant vitamin E - enclosing about 75 per cent of the daily recommended intake of the vitamin in just one ounce of this oil. Vitamin E helps to protect the cardio-vascular system and it has shown that it possesses the aptitude to diminish the chances of developing coronary heart disease. In addition, vitamin E may possibly lower the risk of developing cancer and there is initial evidence that promotes the function of vitamin E in preventing Alzheimer's disease as well as cataracts.
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Sesame oil also encloses lecithin - a molecule having a vital function in preventing vascular diseases, obstructing the accumulation of cholesterol within the arteries and augmenting the suppleness of the blood vessels. In addition, this oil contains little amounts of iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, silicic acid as well as vitamin A and vitamin B. As sesame oil enhances the smoothness and suppleness of the membranes all over the body, physicians often recommend this oil for treating conditions associated with dryness, such as constipation, cough, parched skin and arthritis. Hence, sesame oil definitely seems to be one of the best natural resources of liquid vitamins.
People in India have been extensively using sesame oil owing to the several health benefits offered by it - in effect, it is healing oil. Several experiments have demonstrated that sesame oil is helpful in opening up blocked arteries. During scientific tests undertaken recently by Ayurvedic physicians in Holland sesame oil was used for treating many chronic diseases, counting diabetes, hepatitis and migraines.
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Several studies have shown that sesame oil is also a very strong antioxidant. This oil works inside the tissues just under the skin to counteract the oxygen radicals. Sesame oil quickly enters into the skin and thereafter the bloodstream by means of the capillaries. Sesame oil molecules help to sustain a good level of HDL or 'good cholesterol', while lowering the level of LDL or 'bad cholesterol'. In addition, other benefits of using sesame oil include regulating cell growth as well as inhibiting the growth and replication of the cells.
A number of cells inside the small intestine as well as the colon are supported by fats rather than sugar. Hence, consumption of sesame oil is helpful in providing these cells with the necessary sustenance.
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Similar to nose drops that are inhaled to cure sinuses, physicians have used sesame oil to treat chronic sinusitis. Again, like the throat gargle, sesame oil eliminates strep as well as other different bacteria responsible for cold. Sesame oil is also beneficial for people suffering from psoriasis and other complaints related to dry skin. In addition, sesame oil has been effectively used to kill infestation of lice in children's hair. It also helps to protect us from the ultra violet (UV) rays.
When sesame oil is used after being exposed to the sun or wind, it helps to soothe the burns. This oil also sustains as well as nourishes the scalp by restraining dry scalp dandruff and also eliminating the bacteria that cause dandruff. Sesame oil has also been found to be effective in protecting the skin from the consequences of chlorine present in the water in swimming pools. This oil is also used prior to as well as following radiation therapies. In effect, sesame oil aids in counteracting the detrimental free radicals that are inevitably produced during such type of therapies.
When applied to the skin, molecules of sesame oil attract soluble toxins and, later, these can be rinsed away using a mild soap and hot water. When used internally, sesame oil molecules draw soluble toxins and transport them into the bloodstream and, finally, they are eliminated from the body as waste materials.
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Sesame oil also has the aptitude to quickly soak up and go through the tissues into the bone marrow. This oil goes into the bloodstream by means of the capillaries and flows further. It may be noted that the liver does not remove sesame oil from the bloodstream, barring all the molecules that are affable.
Sesame oil is beneficial for the joints and helps to sustain their flexibility. In addition, this oil maintains the suppleness and softness of the skin. Sesame oil aids in healing and protecting the areas that are affected by minor cuts, scrapes, and grazes. Sesame oil also aids in toning and tautening the facial skin, especially in the region of the nose, by means of constricting the extension of skin pores with the gradual aging of the skin.
What is significant that you can enjoy the benefits sesame oil offers to the skin in several ways. Moreover, it does not harm the skin by resulting in any adverse side effect. You can also blend sesame oil with different oils with a view to augment the skin benefits offered by it. Some of the skin benefits of sesame oil are discussed below.
Sesame oil encloses vitamin E, which makes this oil an exceptionally emollient plus moisturizer. Using this oil on a regular basis helps to maintain the skin's health and also keeps it nourished and hydrated. For this reason, sesame oil has a reputation of being a very useful remedy for dry skin.
Sesame oil possesses natural sunscreen and sun blocking properties. Applying sesame oil to the body parts that come in contact with the sun may possibly help in preventing tanning as well as different harms caused to the body by the sun's detrimental ultra-violet (UV) rays. In fact, this particular attribute of sesame oil is among the most important benefits of using sesame oil.
In addition to the above mentioned properties, sesame oil also produces a soothing and sedative effect and, therefore, it is widely employed in aromatherapy as well as massage therapy. Massaging the face or head with sesame oil prior to retiring to bed may possibly help you to get undisturbed sleep as well as rest. Sesame oil is especially useful for people who are enduring insomnia or sleeplessness.
It has been established that the soothing as well as healing attributes of sesame oil are helpful in repairing skin cells that have been damaged somehow and also rejuvenating the skin. Applying sesame oil to the skin augments blood flow, thereby aiding in repair of the damaged skin cells and making the skin glow healthily. It has been found that our body is able to absorb sesame oil quite easily. In other words, it penetrates the skin without much difficulty, making the skin softer, hydrated as well as light.
Sesame oil contains loads of potent antioxidants, which help to diminish the emergence of delicate lines as well as wrinkles, thereby helping us to sustain the youthful skin for a prolonged period. External application of sesame oil is said to be useful in treating as well as curing problems related to the skin, such as eczema and psoriasis. In addition, sesame oil has also been found to be extremely beneficial in preventing and curing acne, as it has the aptitude to draw out oils from the skin.
Albeit erroneously, teenage boys and girls believe that all types of oils are unhealthy or even detrimental for application on their facial skin. However, the fact is that application of any heavy and toxic oil as well as creams results in adverse effects on all types of facial skins. All said and done, sesame oil is one of the few oils that is beneficial for young skin, because it aids in controlling eruptions and also counteracts the toxins that build up on the skin surface as well as inside the skin pores. If you are using sesame oil to massage your facial skin, you would not require any other cosmetics. Application of this oil will make the adolescent facial skin appear healthier and give it an additional glow.
When sesame oil is applied to the skin of infants, especially in the areas that remain covered by diapers, it will work to protect the soft skin from rashes caused by the acidity of the waste materials excreted by their body. When applied on the nose and the ears, it helps to protect the babies from the widespread pathogens that invade the skin.
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