17 Proven Health Benefits Of Sesame Oil Or Gingelly Oil!

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Gingelly oil is also called sesame oil. Have you heard the story of Alibaba and its forty thieves! “Open sesame,” said Alibaba to open the magical cave which has hidden treasure.

Maybe “open sesame” symbolizes the hope of people believing that the hidden treasure of the husk will come out.

Like that, sesame is a magical oil that has many more benefits.


Nutritional value per 100 gm

  • Energy -884kcal
  • Carbohydrates -0.00g
  • Fats – 100.00g
  • Saturated -14.00g
  • Monounsaturated -39.00g
  • Proteins -0.00g
  • Besides, it contain vitamins C,E,K.
  • Polyunsaturated – 47.00g
  • It contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium.

Sesame oil is also a good source of healthy fats and can be used in salads and other dishes as well. It’s incredibly nutritious and adds a good source of nutritional value for those who consume it.


1. Antibacterial Properties

Sesame oil is used in Ayurveda because of its antibacterial properties which is effective against common antibacterial pathogens like streptococcus and Staphylococcus as well as fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

It is also mentioned in Vedas for its amazing antibacterial properties.


2. Reduce Diabetes

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This oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Sesame oil has a synergistic effect on glibenclamide. The combination therapy significantly lowered blood sugar and Hba1c more than oil alone did.


3. Lowers Stress And Depression

Sesame oil contains tyrosine which is directly responsible for the serotonin neurotransmitter in our brain. Any imbalance in serotonin can lead to anxiety and depression.

According to a research, scientists conclude that adding sesame oil in foods will help to gain positive vibes.


4. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling? what’s that?

Oil pulling is a traditional remedy done in ancient India. Ayurvedha hypothesized that oral health is the mirror of the general health of the body.

The mouth offers a sanctuary to a number of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The oil acts as a cleanser by hunting these before they spread.

How does oil pulling work? It frees up the immune system to reduce inflammation and stress.

This boosts energy, reduces acne, allergy and even headaches and the best part is it’s helps to reduce weight!

How is that done?

  • Gargle one spoon of sesame oil in the morning before brushing your teeth. Gargle it to and fro in between your teeth for 10-15 mins.
  • To consume time, do it while showering. Then gargle your mouth with warm salt water to remove the toxic debris. Do it daily to have a camera-worthy smile!


5. Good For Respiratory Health

The magnesium in sesame seeds help to improve respiration in health disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It helps to improve sleep.


6. Baby Health Improves!

A sesame oil massage is generally good for the baby’s growth and it improves the sleep factors as well.

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Healthy Baby

Many mommies often visit hospitals for the baby having rashes after using diapers. Applying sesame oil on the rashes helps relief. It also reverses dry skin.


7. Prevents Osteoporosis

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Joint Pain

A handful of sesame seeds is actually good for bone health. It contains more calcium than a glass of milk. A high amount of zinc helps to improve bone mineral density.

It also contains more copper content which helps to relieve arthritis and strengthen bones and blood vessels.


8. Increase Your Hemoglobin Content

Young aged adults suffering from Anemia! This tip is for you! Do you know that black sesame seeds containing iron actually help to increase heme and reduces fatigue.


9. Improves Cardiac Health

Sesame oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids that contain sesamol and sesamin which reduce LDL (bad cholesterol levels).

This reduces cholesterol levels and regulates the cardiovascular system. Therefore, it helps to decreases atherosclerosis.


10. For A Healthy Hair!

Sesame seeds improves hair colour and hair loss. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties which helps to invade foreign bodies such as dandruff from the scalp.

Studies found that many bioactive compounds present in sesame oil will help to reduce hair loss and make hair to maintain its natural colour.


11. Prevents Cancer

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Cancer Cell

Good source of fiber, lignans and phytosterol strengthens the immune system and protects against colon cancer and breast cancer.


12. Improves Digestion

Contains digestive fiber to relief constipation and help regulate movement of bladder and bowel.


13. Helps To Improve Eye Health

Sesame oil provides both nutritive and preventative benefits to your eyes. It is a loaded source of flavonoids, phenolic antioxidants, dietery fiber and Omega 6 fatty acids which protect ocular cells from inflammation and vision impairment.


14. Fight Free Radicals

Free radicals developing in our body usually damages the DNA, cells and proteins and may lead to various diseases such as Alzhiemer’s and cancer.

Animal studies shows that sesame oil contains powerful antioxidant called sessamol and it had reduce DNA damage in mice lymphocytes. So, it is beneficial to add sesame oil in your diet.


15. Can Handle High Heat

Sesame oil has a high smoking point and a neutral flavour which shows that it is highly suitable for saute and roast. This doesn’t smell up your kitchen and release toxic chemicals into air.


16. Good For Dry Skin

It is considered to have a natural SPF. It reduces acne, dry skin, dark circles and wrinkles and also have anti aging properties when applied regularly. Regular massage helps the face to be fresh, healthy and clean!


17. Cracked Heels

The antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties ensures that it heals cuts and cracked heels.

All you need to do is run it in your heels and leave them overnight.


How to Use Sesame Oil

  • Sesame oil is now used wide by many people instead of vegetable oil and olive oil. If you are new to it, try using smaller portions to get accustomed to its taste. 
  • It is commonly used in Asian cuisine and African, particularly for stir-fries. You can also add it to your salads and marinades. It is quite versatile. You can also add it in gravies and fish fries which is delicious.


Word Of Caution

Just be sure to consume it in moderation as it’s high in calories and old aged people consuming it will lead to cholelithiasis.

Some people may be allergic to sesame oil. Those tiny seeds are found in breadstickers, burgers, rolls of sushi and sesame chicken.

If you are not allergic and use sesame oil in moderation  remember that your secret sucessful ingredient could be sesame oil!



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Originally posted 2020-01-09 21:52:43.

Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.
Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.

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