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Sesame Seeds Could Reduce Knee Pain From Osteoarthritis

Sesame seeds are commonly sprinkled over bread or some Asian dishes for additional taste. But aside from giving crunch and flavor, these tiny, oil-rich seeds also offer a number of health benefits. 

One study found that sesame seeds could help reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis. This condition affects more than 30 million adults in the U.S. and causes poor joint flexibility, bone spurs and joint swelling.

Researchers analyzed the effects of sesame seeds in 50 patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis in Iran. The team divided the participants into groups, with one receiving standard treatment and the other taking 40 grams per day of ground sesame seeds.

The patients took the treatments for two months. The researchers then measured the toxic end product called serum measurement of malondialdehyde (MDA), which contributes to destruction of cartilage collagen.

By the end of the experiment, the group that took sesame seeds had lower serum MDA and reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee, Mercola reported Monday.

“Therefore, sesame seed has a potential ability in reducing inflammatory status of osteoarthritis,” the researchers said in the study. “According to our results, sesame seed is a natural and safe substance that may have beneficial effects in patients with knee OA and it may provide new complementary and adjunctive treatment in these patients.”

Topical Application of Sesame Oil

Aside from sesame seeds, another sesame-based product appeared effective to reduce pain in people who suffered physical trauma. Researchers tested topical application of sesame oil with 150 patients who experienced blunt trauma to their upper or lower extremities. 

The team compared the effects of the sesame product with that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The participants were divided into groups that took either topical sesame oil or a controlled treatment. 

Results showed that combined with routine care, the sesame oil effectively reduced the severity of pain caused by the physical trauma. The treatment also encouraged patients to reduce intake of NSAID. 

The researchers said topical application appeared as a strong complementary strategy for pain relief in both upper or lower extremity trauma. They added sesame offers a low-cost treatment with low risk of adverse effects.

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