Health benefits of Sesame oil – Sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds. Besides being used as a cooking oil in South India, it is used as a flavour enhancer in Middle Eastern; African; and Southeast Asian cuisines.
Sesame oil has a distinctive nutty aroma and taste. The oil extracted from the seed is popular in alternative medicine; from traditional massages, as well as treatments to the modern day.
This oil is popular in Asia and is also one of the earliest-known crop-based oils; however worldwide mass modern production continues to be limited even today due to the inefficient manual harvesting process required to extract the oil.
Nutritional Value of Sesame Oil
One tablespoon (13.6 g) of Sesame oil serves 120.2 Calories. The total fat content is 13.6 g, out of which saturated fat content is 1.9 g and monounsaturated fat is also 5.4 g.
The oil is rich in linoleic acid, as well as oleic acid. The vitamin E content is 0.2 mg (2%) and vitamin K is 1.8μg (2%).
There is a predominance of gamma-tocopherol over the other isomers of Vitamin E. the oil do not contain any carbohydrates, proteins and fibres. The amount of Choline in the oil is 1%.
Here are 5 most important benefits which can be really helpful in day-to-day life.
1. Teeth and oral health:
Oil pulling using sesame oil is advised in conditions like sensitive teeth, tooth pain, weak teeth, diseases of mouth like pyorrhea, ulcers, and cancers. Oil pulling method requires the patient to put 1-2 spoons in the mouth and properly rinse for 5-10 minutes, but not to swallow it.
2. In everyday cooking:
Sesame oil which is used in everyday cooking improves digestion, provide wound healing, and improves intelligence.
3. For glowing skin:
Massaging skin with warm sesame oil followed by a warm water bath can hugely improve the skin quality by reducing blemishes, dryness, and sore spots.
4. In hair oils:
The oil is considered best for hair massage as it helps to reduce premature hair greying, hair fall, and dull hair.
5. For knee pain:
The oil is prepared by heating some black pepper seeds in sesame oil is a great remedy for knee pain due to arthritis or senile changes.