Monday, July 12, 2010

INDUS ORGANICS BLOG: Sesame Seed: Keeps Arthritis Pain Away

INDUS ORGANICS BLOG: Sesame Seed: Keeps Arthritis Pain Away

Sesame Seed: Keeps Arthritis Pain Away

Sesame seeds have been used by people around the world for many centuries. Women of ancient Babylon would eat halva, a mixture of honey and sesame seeds to prolong youth and beauty, while Roman soldiers ate the mixture for strength and energy. Unhulled or natural seeds have more calcium than hulled seeds available in most of the grocery stores. We sell unhulled seeds due to their health benefits.

Cooking Usage: Sesame seeds are sometimes added to breads, including bagels and the tops of burger buns. Sesame seeds may be baked into crackers, often in the form of sticks. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled onto some sushi style foods. Whole seeds are found in many salads and baked snacks as well in Japan. Ground and processed, the seeds can also be used in sweet confections. Sesame seeds can be made into a paste called tahini.

East Asian cuisines, like Chinese cuisine use sesame seeds and oil in some dishes, such as dim sum sesame seed balls and the Vietnamese bánh rán. Sesame flavour (through oil and roasted or raw seeds) is also very popular in Korean cuisine used to marinate meat and vegetables. Chefs in tempura restaurants blend sesame and cottonseed oil for deep-frying.

In Cuban cuisine, sugar and white sesame seeds are combined into a bar resembling peanut brittleand sold in stores and street corners.

Medicinal Usage: The seeds are exceptionally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and calcium (90 mg per tablespoon for unhulled seeds, 10 mg for hulled), and contain vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin E (tocopherol). They contain lignans, including unique content of sesamin, which are phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Sesame seeds are used due to high calcium content by people who are suffering from arthritis pain.

Sesame oil is used for massage and health treatments of the body in the ancient Indian ayurvedic system. Ayurveda views sesame oil as the most viscous of the plant oils and believes it may pacify the health problems associated with Vata aggravation. Regular massage of Oil also reduces wrinkles. Sesame seeds produce an allergic reaction in a small percentage of the general population