Traditional vedic knowledge is revered all over the world because of its contribution to science, medicine, and spirituality. We are in the process of rediscovering this rich knowledge base. From ancient times, our sages have encouraged the use of different types of oil to cure various ailments. Saint Charaka in his Charaka Samhita, mentions that sesame oil is the best oil. Let’s understand the nutritional profile of sesame oil before we ponder on the reasons why Sage Charaka endorses sesame oil for good health.
Nutritional profile of sesame oil
Sesame oil is extracted from sesame seeds. The oil contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and is low in saturated fats. Sesame oil is rich in magnesium, zinc, calcium, thiamin, iron, manganese, vitamin E and is loaded with B-complex vitamins. These nutrients provide immense health benefits. Let’s discover these benefits.
Promotes good internal health
- Lowers cholesterol: The presence of healthy fatty acids in sesame oil reduces LDL level and increases HDL level, thus keeping your heart healthy.
- Helps reduce blood pressure: Studies indicate that switching to sesame oil for cooking controls high blood pressure condition in many people. This may be due to the presence of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), the compound sesamin, and magnesium.
- Ensures good digestion and intestinal health: Sesame oil contains high level of fiber, which ensures better digestion and elimination of digested food. It is excellent for people suffering from constipation.
- Prevents diabetes: Studies have proven that regular usage of sesame oil lowers plasma glucose and also lowers bp for those suffering from high BP and diabetes.
- Anti-cancer properties: The presence of a compound, sesamol helps fight cancerous cells, and prevents the growth of tumours. Sesame oil is also found to be effective in controlling free radicals that cause cancer.
- Preserves bone health: Regular intake of sesame oil as the primary cooking oil provides strength to the bones and joints. As sesame oil is loaded with copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce arthritic pain and swelling of joints.
Improves the quality of skin and hair
Sesame oil contains generous amount of vitamin E, considered as the beauty vitamin. It also contains fatty acids and linoleic acid, which serve as anti-ageing and moisturizing agents. Continuous use of sesame oil on the skin makes it soft, supple, and wrinkle-free. Sesame oil is also great for your hair. It provides nutrition to your hair, promotes hair growth, and prevents scalp infections. Sesame oil application on the scalp also helps control pitta related disorders that may lead to hair fall.
Preserves oral health
The age-old practice of oil pulling using sesame oil is considered the best for preserving oral and dental health. Oil pulling using sesame oil destroys bad bacteria and fungi from the mouth. Regular practice of oil pulling strengthens your teeth and gums.
With numerous benefits to your health, it’s time to keep a bottle of sesame oil in your kitchen and start using sesame oil in your regular cooking.