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Health Benefits of SEAME OIL


Sesame Seed Oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. Sesame oil is mentioned in the Vedas as excellent for humans. It is naturally Antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus as well as common skin fungi, such as athlete’s foot fungus. It is naturally antiviral. It is a natural anti inflammatory agent.

It has been used extensively in India as a healing oil, including in experiments which showed it was useful in unblocking arteries. In recent experiments in Holland by Ayurvedic physicians, the oil has been used in the treatment of several chronic disease processes, including Hepatitis, Diabetes and Migraines.

In vitro, Sesame seed oil has inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma (a skin Cancer): PROSTAGLANDIN LEUKATRINES and ESSENTIAL Fatty Acids 46: 145-150, 1992.

Also in vitro, Sesame seed oil has inhibited replication of human colon Cancer cells: ANTI Cancer RESEARCH 11: 209-216, 1992.

Research shows that Sesame seed oil is a potent Antioxidant. In the tissues beneath the skin, this oil will neutralize oxygen radicals. It penetrates into the skin quickly and enters the blood stream through the capillaries. Molecules of Sesame seed oil maintain good Cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad Cholesterol (LDL).

Sesame seed oil is a cell growth regulator and slows down cell growth and replication.

In both the small intestine and the colon, some cells are nourished by fat instead of sugar. The presence of Sesame seed oil can provide those cells with essential nourishment.

In an experiment at the Maharishi International College in Fairfield, Iowa, students rinsed their mouths with Sesame oil, resulting in an 85% reduction in the bacteria which causes gingivitis.

As nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses, Sesame seed oil has cured chronic sinusitis. As a throat gargle, it kills strep and other common cold bacteria. It helps sufferers of Psoriasis and dry skin ailments. It has been successfully used in the hair of children to kill lice infestations. It is a useful natural UV protector.

Used after exposure to wind or sun it will calm the burns. It nourishes and feeds the scalp to control dry scalp Dandruff and to kill Dandruff causing bacteria. It protects the skin from the effects of chlorine in swimming pool water. Used before and after radiation treatments, Sesame seed oil helps neutralize the flood of oxygen radicals which such treatment inevitably causes.

On the skin, oil soluble Toxins are attracted to Sesame seed oil molecules which can then be washed away with hot water and a mild Soap. Internally, the oil molecules attract oil soluble Toxins and carry them into the blood stream and then out of the body as waste.

Used as a douche mixed with warm water, the oil controls vaginal Yeast Infections.

Sesame seed oil absorbs quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It enters into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep Sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly.

Sesame seed oil helps joints keep their flexibility. It keeps the skin supple and soft. It heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It helps tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose, controlling the usual enlargement of pores as skin ages chronologically.

Teen boys and girls have learned, wrongly, that all oil is bad for their facial skin. Heavy oils and toxic oils and creams are bad for all facial skin. But Sesame seed oil is the one oil which is actually good for young skin. It helps control eruptions and neutralizes the poisons which develop both on the surface and in the pores. With Sesame oil, no cosmetics are needed. The oil will cause young facial skin to have and display natural good health.

Used on baby skin, particularly in the area covered by a diaper, Sesame seed oil will protect the tender skin against rash caused by the acidity of body wastes. In the nose and ears, it will protect against common skin pathogens.

For children going to school, who will be in the presence of other children with Colds and sniffles, Sesame seed oil swabbed in the nose can protect against air borne viruses and bacteria.

When using the oil as a massage oil, stroke the long limbs up and down. Use circular motions over all joints to stimulate the Natural Energy of those joints.

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Health benefit of sesame seeds and sesame oil

Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Sesame Seed contains lignans and phytosterols. In rodent studies, sesame oil consumption has a positive influence on blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, lipid peroxidation, and antioxidant levels in diabetic rats.

Sesamin is extracted from Black Sesame Seed or White Sesame Seed, and is a type of natural lignan most present in Sesamum indicum L Seed oil ( Normally 0.5%). Another lignan in sesame seed is sesamolin.

Subscribe to a FREE Supplement Research Update newsletter. Twice a month we email a brief abstract of several studies on various supplements and natural medicine topics, including sesame oil health benefit, and their practical interpretation by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Sesame oil lowers blood pressure

Effect of sesame oil on diuretics or Beta-blockers in the modulation of blood pressure, anthropometry, lipid profile, and redox status.

Yale J Biol Med. 2006 March. Sankar D, Rao MR, Sambandam G, Pugalendi KV. Department of Biotechnology, Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology, Vinayaka Mission's Research Foundation University, Paiyanoor-603104, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

The study was undertaken to investigate the effect of sesame oil in hypertensive patients who were on antihypertensive therapy either with diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide) or Beta-blockers (atenolol). Thirty-two male and 18 female patients aged 35 to 60 years old were supplied sesame oil (Idhayam gingelly oil) and instructed to use it as the only edible oil for 45 days. Substitution of sesame oil brought down systolic and diastolic blood pressure to normal. The same patients were asked to withdraw sesame oil consumption for another 45 days. Withdrawal of sesame oil substitution brought back the initial blood pressure values. A significant reduction was noted in body weight and body mass index (BMI) upon sesame oil substitution. No significant alterations were observed in lipid profile except triglycerides. Plasma levels of sodium reduced while potassium elevated upon the substitution of sesame oil. Lipid peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances [TBARS]) decreased while the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and the levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, Beta-carotene, and reduced glutathione (GSH) were increased. The results suggested that sesame oil as edible oil lowered blood pressure, decreased lipid peroxidation, and increased antioxidant status in hypertensive patients.

Sesame Seed Research Update

Sesamin ingestion regulates the transcription levels of hepatic metabolizing enzymes for alcohol and lipids in rats.

Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 Nov;29(11 Suppl):116S-120S.

Sesamin, a major lignan in sesame seeds, has multiple functions such as stimulation effect of ethanol metabolism in mice and human, and prevention of ethanol-induced fatty liver in rats. However, the mechanism has not been clarified yet. The changes of gene expression were investigated in rats given 250 mg/kg of sesamin (sesamin rats) or vehicle (control rats) for three days by using a DNA microarray analysis. At 4 hr after the final ingestion, the profiles of gene expression in rat livers were compared. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggested that sesamin ingestion regulated the transcription levels of hepatic metabolizing enzymes for alcohol and lipids.

Sesamol induces nitric oxide release from human umbilical vein endothelial cells.

Lipids. 2005 Sep;40(9):955-61.

Sesamol, which is derived from sesame seed lignans, is reportedly an antioxidant. Nitric oxide (NO), the most important vascular relaxing factor, is regulated in the endothelium. In addition, NO is involved in protecting endothelium and has antiatherosclerotic and antithrombotic activities. The endothelium produces NO through the regulation of both endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) expression and activity in endothelial cells. This study sought to investigate the effect of sesamol on NO released from human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and to examine the expression and activity of eNOS. The results demonstrate that sesamol induces NOS signaling pathways in HUVEC and suggest a role for sesamol in cardiovascular reactivity in vivo.

Phytosterol composition of nuts and seeds commonly consumed in the United States.

J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Nov 30;53(24):9436-45. Phillips KM, Ruggio DM, Ashraf-Khorassani M.

Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia

Phytosterols were quantified in nuts and seeds commonly consumed in the United States. Total lipid extracts were subjected to acid hydrolysis and then alkaline saponfication, and free sterols were analyzed as trimethylsilyl derivatives by capillary GC-FID and GC-MS. Delta5-Avenasterol was quantified after alkaline saponification plus direct analysis of the glucoside. Sesame seed and wheat germ had the highest total phytosterol content (400-413 mg/100 g) and Brazil nuts the lowest (95 mg/100 g). Of the products typically consumed as snack foods, pistachio and sunflower kernel were richest in phytosterols (270-289 mg/100 g). beta-Sitosterol, Delta5-avenasterol, and campesterol were predominant. Campestanol ranged from 1.0 to 12.7 mg/100 g. Only 13 mg/100 g beta-sitosterol was found in pumpkin seed kernel, although total sterol content was high (265 mg/100 g). Phytosterol concentrations were greater than reported in existing food composition databases, probably due to the inclusion of steryl glycosides, which represent a significant portion of total sterols in nuts and seeds.

Dietary sesame seeds elevate alpha-tocopherol concentration in rat brain.

J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2005 Aug;51(4):223-30.

We have previously reported that dietary sesame lignan elevates alpha-tocopherol concentration and decreases lipid peroxidation in tissues and serum of rats fed alpha-tocopherol. In this study, the effect of dietary sesame seeds on alpha-tocopherol concentration and lipid peroxidation in rat brain was examined. In experiment 1, male Wistar rats (4 wk old) were fed a vitamin E-free diet, or a diet containing alpha-tocopherol with or without sesame seeds for 1, 4 and 8 wk. The dietary sesame seeds elevated the alpha-tocopherol and lowered the thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance (TBARS) concentrations in the brain of the rats fed alpha-tocopherol for 4 and 8 wk. The dietary sesame seeds maintained the high alpha-tocopherol concentration in the brain during the experimental period, while the concentration of the rats fed alpha-tocopherol without sesame seeds was lowered after 8 wk. Then, the alpha-tocopherol concentration in various regions of the brain of rats fed a basal level of alpha-tocopherol with sesame seeds was compared with that of rats fed an excess amount of alpha-tocopherol in experiment 2. The alpha-tocopherol concentration in the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem and hippocampus of the rats fed 50 mg alpha-tocopherol/kg with sesame seeds was higher than those of the rats fed 500 mg alpha-tocopherol/kg without sesame seeds. These results suggest that the dietary sesame seeds are more useful than the intake of an excess amount of alpha-tocopherol, for maintaining a high alpha-tocopherol concentration and inhibiting lipid peroxidation in the various regions of the rat brain.

Whole sesame seed is as rich a source of mammalian lignan precursors as whole flaxseed.

Nutr Cancer. 2005;52(2):156-65.

The mammalian lignans enterolactone and enterodiol, which are produced by the microflora in the colon of humans and animals from precursors in foods, have been suggested to have potential anticancer effects. This study determined the production of mammalian lignans from precursors in food bars containing 25 g unground whole flaxseed (FB), sesame seed (SB), or their combination (FSB; 12.5 g each). Thus, we demonstrated for the first time that 1) precursors from unground whole flaxseed and sesame seed are converted by the bacterial flora in the colon to mammalian lignans and 2) sesame seed, alone and in combination with flaxseed, produces mammalian lignans equivalent to those obtained from flaxseed alone.

Influence of sesame oil on blood glucose, lipid peroxidation, and antioxidant status in streptozotocin diabetic rats.

J Med Food. 2005 Fall;8(3):377-81.

The present study was carried out to assess the influence of sesame oil on blood glucose, lipid peroxidation, and status of antioxidants in normal and streptozotocin diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in adult female albino Wistar rats weighing 180-200 g by administration of streptozotocin (40 mg/kg of body weight) intraperitonially. Both normal and diabetic rats were fed with a commercial diet containing 2% oil supplemented with 6% sesame oil for 42 days. Thus, sesame oil consumption influences beneficially the blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, lipid peroxidation, and antioxidant levels in diabetic rats.

Sesame Seed Oil questions

Q. Which oil do you think is healthier, sesame oil or coconut oil?

A. I think it is better to have a little bit of a variety of different oils rather than a lot of one type of oil.

Q. I found your web postings while searching for information about sesame use in healing. My purpose is to find the latest reputable literature linking the two subject for the book I am editing, Sesame: the genus Sesamum, to be published in the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Industrial crops series by CRC Press. Many of the articles you cite in connection with sesame are ones I found myself using the conventional scientific databases: PubMed [Medline], BioAbstracts, etc. Would you be willing to assemble an article as a chapter for this book, similar to what you are posting online? I believe that you have the right credentials to write this piece. Or if you are simply swamped and pressed for time, would you grant permission to use your web posting as it stands, with your name? I would prefer a longer article because my research shows effects of sesame against tumors, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and other benefits. I recently met a French student working on his PhD in Greece. He is examining the polyphenols in the seed coats of sesame, that are waste byproducts in manufacture of halvah and tahini. I look forward to your reply, and hope for your contribution about medicinal and nutritional benefits of sesame consumption.

A. I am really swamped these days but you are welcome to use the sesame web posting as long as you clearly and prominently indicate in the article the website it is from. Take care good luck with your project.

Q. I'm making tea of black sesame seeds. I drink the tea and after it I eat the seeds. I have candida in my body and I can notice the candida is killed by eating the seeds. Is it a known fact that black sesame seeds are anti-fungal?

A. I have not seen any human or animal studies with the use of black sesame seeds as an antifungal agent.

Q. Have you heard of Sesame Oil Pulling? It consists of taking a tablespoon of sesame oil and swishing it around your mouth for 10-20 minutes, and then expectorating the oil. It's Ayurvedic therapy. I wondered if sesame oil pulling has the same affects on high blood pressure and anti-fungal values as ingesting the oil?

A. I have heard of sesame oil pulling but have not seen scientific papers on it and don't have personal experience with this practice.

Q. I am interested in how much is known about the toxicity of sesame oil. The FDA has listed 162.5 mg as the permissible oral dosage level for sesame oil and I have read where larger doses have been used and shown to provide health benefits. If this is the case, why would the FDA list such a small permissible dosage? Can you provide literature references where people report administering larger doses of sesame oil without adverse effect or help me to find information on the acute and chronic effects of ingesting sesame oil?

A. There are a number of oils available for human consumption and it is a good idea to expose the body to a variety of oils each having different sets of fatty acids rather than consume the same type of oil in large quantities. I am not aware of the FDA stating any warnings regarding sesame oil to be limited to 162.5 mg. I am not aware of long term sesame oil ingestion studies in humans but peoples of varied nations have consumed reasonable amounts of sesame oil for a lifetime with no obvious adverse effects.

Q. Do whole sesame seeds simply pass through the body and are excreted or are they digested, thereby realizing the full benefit of sesame oil? What is the shelf life of the oils once extracted from the seeds? When infused as a tea, or added to "normal" teas, do they show the benefit of the oil?

A. Some sesame seeds may pass through the body, but the portion depends on what else is being consumed at the time and the digestive strength of the individual. The advantage of digesting more of the sesame seeds is getting the benefits of the nutrients, the advantage of not digesting and absorbing some of the seeds is the reduction in caloric intake. The shelf life depends whether it is refrigerated or not and this is not something we have looking into in great detail.

About the Benefits of Sesame Seed Oil

By Giang Nguyen, eHow Editor

Sesame, also known by its scientific name Sesamum indicum, is a flowering plant. It is cultivated around the world. Its seeds are edible and used in various cuisines and to produce oil.

History of

Sesame has been around since prehistoric times and usually grown in tropical areas. Sesame is particularly popular in Asia, especially China, Vietnam, and India. Sesame oil extracted from sesame seeds comes in different colors: white, yellow, black and red. Sesame was brought to the United States by West African slaves in the 17th century.

The Facts

Every 100 g of sesame oil contains 881 calories, 99.9 g fats, 14.2 g saturated fats, 37.3 g mono-unsaturated fats, 43.9 g poly-unsaturated fats. Sesame oil is a good source for vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin E, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and zinc


Sesame oil is high in poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fat, which helps to lower cholesterol. Furthermore, sesame oil is also low in saturated fats, which increase the risk of heart diseases.

In a recent study conducted by Devarajan Sankar and colleagues of Annamalai University, India, sesame seed oil was reported to reduce blood pressure.

Sesame oil contains sesamol and sesamin, which are powerful antioxidants. They can prevent or slow down the oxidative damages to the body.

Sesame has been used to treat toothache and gum diseases. Rinsing the mouth with sesame oil has been shown to reduce 85 percent of bacteria that cause gum diseases.

Sesame seed oil has been shown to inhibit growth and replication of human colon cancer cells. However, there is no direct evidence that links use of sesame seed oil to lower risk of colon cancer.

Sesame oil is frequently used in massage to relieve stress and tension, and to promote well-being. Massage by sesame oil prevents mental fatigue and insomnia. Sesame oil is rich in vitamins E and B, which have been reported to improve skin conditions. Sesame oil also reduces the risk of skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema.

Sesame oil also has several industrial and medical applications. For instance, sesame oil has been used as solvent for drugs, or together with insecticides to prevent weevil attacks.


The only side effects of sesame seed oil is a small chance of having an allergic reaction. The probability of such event is on the order of 1 in 10,000.


The largest producers of sesame are in Asia, such as India, China and Myanmar. Much of the world's sesame is grown in Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda and Nigeria).

Health Benefits of Sesame Oil

Sesame oil has been used in culinary arts for over 2500 years. However, the beneficial health effects of this oil have only become apparent over the last decade. Sesame oil is made from sesame seeds and proves a rich source of polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and several vitamins and minerals. While not a widely discussed or talked about source of healthful essential fatty acids, clinical studies and anecdotal reports suggest that this oil offers a number of potential health benefits and indeed can help one maintain a normal body balance.

Sesame oil is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are necessary for growth and development and strong evidence supports their role in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and arthritis. Sesame oil has been shown to help lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, decrease bad cholesterol levels and help maintain normal blood pressure levels?these effects have been primarily attributed to the naturally high polyunsaturated fat content found in sesame oil. Consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids may also help to prevent osteoporosis caused by estrogen deficiency, although the exact mechanism remains unknown.

Another factor that renders sesame oil a healthful food is that sesame seeds and their oil are rich in antioxidants which are derived from plant chemicals called phytonutrients . Antioxidants counter the effects of molecules in the body that damage cells and accelerate the aging process, including bacteria, inflammation and viruses. Sesame oil contains significant amounts of sesame lignans: sesamin, episesamin, and sesamolin. Lignans are compounds that are found in plants and are partially responsible for the antihypertensive and antioxidant properties of sesame oil. Animal studies have shown that sesame lignans also lower cholesterol levels by hindering the absorption and formation of cholesterol. The lignans exert their antihypertensive effects by enhancing sodium excretion, which decreases blood volume and exerts less pressure on the artery walls. Sesame oil is also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, containing 75% of the recommended daily allowance in 1 ounce of oil. Vitamin E is cardio-protective and has been shown to reduce risk of coronary heart disease. Vitamin E may also reduce cancer risk and preliminary evidence supports the role of vitamin E in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and cataracts.

Sesame oil contains lecithin, a molecule that plays a role in the prevention of vascular diseases, improves blood vessel elasticity, and hinders cholesterol buildup in the arteries. Sesame oil also contains small amounts of magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, silicic acid, phosphorus and vitamins A and B. Because sesame oil increases the fluidity and flexibility of membranes throughout the body, sesame oil is often recommended to treat conditions related to ?ryness? which include cough, constipation, arthritis, and dry skin. Sesame certainly appears to be one of nature? best sources of natural liquid vitamins .

Anecdotal evidence suggests that regular consumption of sesame oil reduces anxiety, enhances circulation, prevents disorders of the nerves and bones, boosts the immune system and prevents bowel problems. Additional claims associated with sesame oil use include increased vitality, alertness, better sleep, reductions in chronic pain and muscle spasms, and even slowing of the aging process.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive health effects, sesame oil should be consumed in moderation. Sesame oil is dense in calories?a 1 tablespoon serving has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat. The average person eats 2200 calories and 75 grams of fat each day. Overconsumption of sesame oil may result in weight gain because of its high caloric content. While a healthful addition to the diet, too much of a good thing can certainly backfire. According to the American Heart Association, no more than 10% of daily calorie intake should come from polyunsaturated fat.

A recent study in hypertensive diabetic patients showed that sesame oil supplementation for 45 days decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, body weight, body mass index, waist girth, hip girth, waist-to-hip ratio, glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin (a measure of long-term blood sugar control), total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Sesame oil increases leptin (a hormone that regulates body weight) levels in the circulation, which may contribute to weight loss. Another recent study conducted at Louisiana State University reported that sesame oil consumption reduced total cholesterol, bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Furthermore, sesame oil inhibited the formation of atherosclerotic lesions in artery walls. Lastly, a study published in Critical Care medicine reported that sesame oil supplementation in rats prevented multi-organ failure and improved their survival rate.

The health effect of sesame oil is a relatively new field of research and it still consists largely of animal studies or small trials with humans. The evidence to date suggests that sesame oil may play a future role in prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Dr. Linda Posch MS SLP ND