I love these little guys.
Who knew that they packed such a bone building punch?
Besides the fact that 1/3 of a cup of sesame seeds contains 1160 mg of calcium (and that is a huge amount) they also are:
Especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid. Oleic acid helps to lower “bad cholesterol” LDL and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.
Very good source of dietary proteins with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 18 g of protein (32% of daily-recommended values).
High in antioxidants compounds that help stave off harmful free radicals from the body.
A very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin. Niacin helps reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.
An incredibly rich source of many essential minerals. Many of these minerals have vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities
One of my favorite sources of sesame seeds is Gomasio by Eden Organics. There are tons of different blends. I always have Sea Salt, Sesame Seed and Seaweed on hand but also love the blend with garlic in it – oh yum!
You can get Gomasio at all Whole Foods Market in the macrobiotic section, most health food stores and many regular grocery stores.
Shake it on everything!