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Sesame Oil Health Benefits: Treats Arthritis, Promotes Heart Health And More

Sesame oil is a vegetable oil derived from yellowish brown seeds grown in Africa and India. Sesame oil can be used on food to marinate, add dressing and flavor. It can be used as an ingredient to add a little something to sauces, noodles, stir-fries, and dips by purchasing online or at the local grocery store. 

The oil has become more popular lately since it is not expensive to process and extract. The best time to extract the oil is when the seeds are at a ripe stage and the outer shells naturally shed. A lot of manual processing delays the production and supply of  sesame oil which is so in demand today since it has high amounts of vitamin E and K. 

Two powerful antioxidants, seasamol and sesaminol are contained in sesame seeds, which prevent inflammation and the spread of free radicals that can cause many diseases. Here are some of the other health benefits of consuming sesame oil according to information provided by Healthline. 

Heart Care

Adding a bit of sesame oil to your diet can protect you against cardiovascular diseases as the polyunsaturated fatty acids bring down levels of cholesterol. “Effect of sesame oil on serum and liver lipid profiles in the rat” is a study that documents how bad cholesterol is reduced in rats. 

Diabetes

Several studies have proven that sesame oil does help individuals with a predisposition to diabetes. It aids in the consistent maintenance of plasma glucose levels in hypertensive diabetes patients. A study quoted by Healthline said that rats that were fed sesame oil consisting of 6 percent of their whole diet, showed reduced levels of blood sugar compared to the other rats not on the same diet. 

Skin Care

Sesame oil contains zinc, an important mineral to prevent premature aging. One study held by researchers at California State University said that the topical application of sesame oil formed a protective layer against harmful UV rays on the skin. Sometimes, sesame oil is even used to treat fungal diseases. 

Improves Bone Density

Copper and calcium are two essential minerals necessary for bone growth and sesame oil does help with bone development. It helps older people keep osteoporosis at bay and reduces chances of bone fracture. 

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is common amongst 15 percent of the American population, and adding sesame oil to the diet can help avoid joint pain that comes as a result of the condition. In a particular study that lasted for 28 days, 1 ml per kg of sesame oil was given to rats on a daily basis. 

Oxidative stress due to arthritis and other markers were reduced as a result of consuming the oil. More research on human subjects is needed to certify this benefit for sure. 

Dental Health

Sesame oil has been linked to whitening teeth, and preventing the formation of plaque on the teeth due to its antibacterial properties. This is used by some people as part of a teeth cleaning process called oil pulling, that cleanses the teeth and helps maintain overall dental health. 

It is also said to kill bacteria in the mouth, reduce bad breath and prevent cavities. Research on dental benefits of sesame oil is lacking, but it has been an ancient medical practice in India for centuries. 

GettyImages-977037788 A Myanmar woman agricultural worker harvests sesame seeds in Naypyidaw on June 17, 2018. THET AUNG/AFP/Getty Images

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