Sesame/Gingelly Oil Nutrition & Health Facts

Sesame/Gingelly Oil Nutrition & Health Facts

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Sesame oil is edible vegetable oil originated from sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are small yellowish-brown seeds. This oil is best acquired when the seeds are completely ripe, which means that the outer shells burst. This oil has a nutty aroma and taste and yellow to amber or dark brown in color. It is useful for cooking as well as the preparation of medicine. This oil is popular in Asia.

Sesame oil is an excellent source of vitamins such as vitamin E and vitamin K, organic compounds and other beneficial components. 

Botanical Name: Sesamum indicum 

Sesame was cultivated more than 5000 years ago and it was able to grow where other crops failed. Sesame seeds one of the first crops processed for oil. 

Sesame oil is thought to have originated in the Indus Valley of North India but later spread from there throughout Asia. It was probably exported to Mesopotamia around 2500 BC. 

Sesame oil is most popular in Asia and the Middle East, and it plays a big part in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cooking. 

There are different varieties of sesame oil, Raw, cold-pressed sesame oil, Toasted sesame oil, and Indian sesame oil.

Sesame Oil has many health benefits such as provide good hair, bone protector, lower the risk of heart diseases, fight with anxiety and depression, provide oral health, provide skincare, protect from the inflammation, deal with diabetes, curing anemia, chemo protector, eye health etc.

Nutrition Profile

Sesame oil Nutrition Facts - Drlogy

Health Benefits

Anti Inflammatory property 

Long-term inflammation may play a principal role in many chronic conditions, including obesity, cancer and heart and kidney disease.

Oleic acid is work as natural an anti-inflammatory nutrient found in sesame oil and it has a number of valuable functions, including the reduction of inflammation in joints, bones and muscles and also contributing to reducing the associated pain of arthritis. It reduces the swelling of joints and strengthens the bones and blood vessels. 

In Taiwan Traditionally use sesame oil for to treat joint inflammation, toothaches, and scrapes due to is anti-inflammatory properties.

MAIN THING: Many studies shows that sesame oil include in diet help to reduce inflammation.

Cardiovascular health

Sesame oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat which is highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system.

Sesame oil is a heart-friendly because it's content fatty acid content which lower bad cholesterol levels. Sesame oil includes a wide range of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including sesamol and sesamin. These fatty acids keep the cardiovascular system strong and the LDL cholesterol levels low. So, sesame oil can prevent atherosclerosis.

In one study says that all fats are not bad for your heart in which Unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), may help lower the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

MAIN THING: Sesame oil has a low amount of bad cholesterol which decreases the risk of plaque in veins and arteries and gives prevention against heart disease.

Maintain Metabolism
Sesame oil can break down the proteins and make them usable for the human body. This gives overall strength, healthy cellular growth, mobility, energy levels and a boosted metabolic function. 

Sesame oil can helps in the metabolism of glucose and cholesterol. It also aids in the synthesis and production of enzymes. Enzymes break down nutrient molecules of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. 

MAIN THING: Sesame oil has various antioxidants, that controls other different enzymes for processing of metabolism. The reactions of enzymes are principal to maintain the smooth functioning of metabolism.

Cancer curing capacity

Sesame oil is rich in oil-soluble lignans like sesamin and sesamolin, which are known for antioxidative properties. Dietary lignans in sesame seeds play an important role in cancer prevention. 

Sesame oil also contains phytate which is a rare cancer-preventing compound that functions as an antioxidant and reduces the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism which produces many forms of cancer and various other conditions like heart diseases, premature aging and decrease cognitive functions. 

MAIN THING: Sesame oil has a high level of vitamin E and vitamin K. which have an anti-carcinogenic effect on the body. Sesame oil is also reducing the risk of leukemia, breast, lung, pancreatic, colon and prostate cancers. 

Skin and hair care

Sesame oil has many antioxidants which are a vital component in the formation of collagen, which strengthens the muscle tissue, hair and skin elasticity. Sesame seed oil rich in vitamin E that reduces the appearance of burns and marks on the skin. 

Sesame oil is rich in plant polyphenols, which help promote hair growth. Sesame oil is often massaged into the scalp to reduce premature greying and boost hair growth. It also helps in retaining the natural color of hair for longer because sesame oil has hair darkening properties.

MAIN THING: Sesame oil good for skin and hair health.

Provide strong bones

Sesame oil has calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, copper etc. Calcium is a vital mineral to maintain the strength and structure of bones. Magnesium work as a constructor of bones by regulating the enzymes and hormones which are involved in the process of bone metabolism. These all provide mineral density to the bones. So for healthy bones, it is a must to balance the all minerals level. 

MAIN THING: The presence of zinc, magnesium, calcium, copper, and boron in the sesame oil helps the person who has the risk of osteoporosis, arthritis pain, swelling of joints etc.

Oral health

In Ayurveda, sesame oil can remove plaque and provide good hygiene to the mouth. It is believed to remove toxins from the body.

MAIN THING: Sesame oil promotes your oral health.

Eye health

Sesame oil keeps a healthy eye by keeping a healthy liver. Sesame oil can remove toxins from the body. It also purifies the blood. Fresh blood can make the eyes healthy. 

MAIN THING: Sesame oil can treat the blurred vision, tired and sore eyes.

Safety Profiles

Allergy: Excessive consumption of sesame oil can cause irritation in the stomach and colon. 

Blood sugar levels: people who suffer from diabetes cannot consume sesame oil because it can increase the blood sugar level. 

Selection and Storage


Select the oil that can full of nutrients. During choosing of oil also look for the color of oil, the odor of oil and the quality of oil as well as content present in the oil.  

Always buy oil at the supermarket where the good and fresh quality is available. 


Store the oil in a clean, dry and airtight container. Keep in a cool and dry place away from humid weather.
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