Sesame Seeds

 

Health Benefits of Eating Sesame Seeds

DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :) 

These tiny powerhouses are full of the following minerals:

  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Tryptophan
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

Sesame seeds also provide iron, phosporus, and zinc, vitamin B1 (thiamin), and vitamin E.

Copper 
Copper reduces swelling and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, and also supports and promotes elasticity in blood vessels, bones, and joints.

Magnesium

  • Offers relief to those suffering from asthma attacks by preventing airway spasms
  • Supports vascular and respiratory health
  • Prevents the blood vessel spasm responsible for migraine attacks
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Offers relief for women suffering symptoms of menopause, and restores normal sleep patterns
Calcium
  • Protects colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals
  • Helps prevent migraine headaches
  • Can reduce bone loss that can occur due to menopause or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduces PMS symptoms during the second half of the menstrual cycle

Sesame seeds contain the lignans (group of fibers) sesamin and sesamolin. Lignans have cholesterol-lowering effects, and sesamins specifically are known to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Sesame seeds can protect the body from free radicals, which are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable because they don’t have an even number of electrons, so they look to steal from healthy molecules, resulting in a chain reaction and ultimately effecting the stability of the cell being attacked. Eventually this leads to the death of the living cell and damaged tissue.

One of the greatest health benefits related to the sesame seed is due to the phytosterols they contain. Phytosterols can lower blood cholesterol, improve heart health, and help strengthen the immune system.

We add a small amount of sesame seeds to GORP bars for their awesome nutty flavour, but they are very easy to add to your diet in other ways too. Here are some ideas!

  • Add to bread, muffin, and cookie recipes
  • Toast and sprinkle on salads, chicken, or vegetables 
  • Use sesame oil in stir-frys or drizzle on salads
“OPEN SESAME” indeed…these little suckers can really pack a punch.