Overview

Sesame is crop that is grown for the oil in its seed. It is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, Africa, and South America. Compared to similar crops, such as peanuts, soybean, and rapeseed, the seeds of sesame are believed to have the most oil. Sesame seeds are also rich sources of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants.

People use sesame oil in place of other cooking oils to treat high blood pressure. Sesame is sometimes used for diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific research to support these other uses.

In foods, sesame oil is used as cooking oil and to make dressings and sauces. Sesame seeds are added to food for flavoring. Sesame is considered a major food allergen. Some people may be at risk for an allergic reaction from sesame.

How does it work ?

Sesame contains chemicals that help to reduce swelling and increase how quickly skin wounds heal. These chemicals might slow how fast sugar is absorbed from food. This might help people with diabetes. Sesame might also eliminate bacteria that cause plaque. Sesame contains calcium, which might help treat rickets.

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