For thousands of years, sesame has been used to prepare many drugs for the reconstitution of cells. In China or India, it is considered the most remarkable food medicine.
Sesame is very rich in lecithin, even more than soy, which some consider to be the richest vegetable in this substance. Lecithin is a phosphorous fat which contains nitrogen and which has the property of helping to manufacture sex hormones. It is for this reason, a factor of youth and an excellent food for the nerves and the brain.
The normal brain contains 28% lecithin. Many people report a deficiency of this substance. All those who have memory problems or who have a great mental effort will benefit from a daily consumption of sesame. Likewise, those who suffer from nervous breakdown, sympathocotonia and vagotonia.
Being very rich in lecithin and polyunsaturated fatty acids, sesame contributes decisively to promote the digestion of fats and to prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries. It is therefore an important factor against arteriosclerosis and the accumulation of fatty substances in the body.
It should also be noted that vitamin F, vitamin E (from fertilization), vitamin B (antineuritic) and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, silica, chromium, copper, etc. , contained in sesame, which make it a food of protection and revitalization.
About 15 amino acids are found in the protein of this oil seed (20% of its weight).
It is also strongly recommended for babies, at the rate of one teaspoon (in the form of puree), mixed in the porridge or in the bottle. Babies particularly benefit from the blobulins of this seed, which is rich in glutamic acid, which promotes the formation of antibodies. On the other hand, its amino acids, carriers of sulfur, like lysine, promote the regular growth of the newborn.
How to take it: For its maximum effectiveness, it is recommended to take it raw, added to purees, soups, porridge, mixed with honey, salad dressing, etc. It should be taken into account that the phospholipids contained in sesame seeds are destroyed after 60 ° C.
Therapeutic properties of sesame.
In summary, we can conclude that it is a high quality food, alkalizing the blood, energetic, mineralizing, muscle and nervous repairer, memory and intellectual enhancer, circulatory protector and laxative. Indicated in deficiency conditions such as osteoporosis, bone weakness, hair loss, cavities, narrowing of the gums and lung weakness.
Sesame is useful against nervous problems: exhaustion, stress, memory loss, depression, irritability, insomnia. It is an excellent nutritional supplement for people subject to great mental or intellectual activity. It also makes it possible to resist physical demands: sports, pregnancy, breastfeeding or periods of convalescence. In sum of these virtues, its traditionally recognized aphrodisiac characteristics are explained, because it helps to maintain the sexual capacity.
Another therapeutic area of this magnificent nutritional supplement is that of circulatory problems. Its ability to lower blood cholesterol makes it indicated in arteriosclerosis, prevention of myocardial infarction and arterial thrombosis. It is also useful in case of hemorrhoids and menstrual irregularities (amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea). In another order, Hindu yogis recommend a daily intake of 25 grams in order to generate subtle tissue in the body.
Uses and applications of sesame.
There are many ways to consume versatile sesame seeds. In addition to taking advantage of its magnificent properties, you can enjoy its exquisite flavor, both in savory and sweet preparations. Although the ideal is to ingest the raw seeds, it is very difficult to extract their internal richness from them, as excellent and careful chewing would be necessary. For this reason, the popular Gomasio (which means “sesame salt”) is so highly recommended, widely used in the Orient to season grains and vegetables. This is done with a light roasting of the seeds, which are then ground and mixed with sea salt. Gomasio helps reduce sodium intake without sacrificing flavor. Even the salt-free version (preferred by people with high blood pressure) can be used in sweet dishes, as it combines very well in desserts and breakfasts. Ground sesame can also be combined with other seeds; This is the case with the Multisemilla preparation, where it is mixed with sunflower and flax; or grated cheese with vegetables, where it is also added: wheat germ, brewer’s yeast and seaweed powder.
Another old way of consuming sesame is by using pasta formed with ground seeds. If they are mixed with water, we get the Tahin; if mixed with rice molasses, Halva is obtained an exquisite, sweet and energetic paste, ideal for children and adolescents. In both cases, the result is an excellent concentrate of energy and vitality, which can be eaten as a spread or combined with other foods (popular hummus is made with chickpea paste). In the case of Tahin, also called sesame butter, we are in the presence of an excellent and advantageous substitute for dairy products. Not only does it replace butter or cream, but diluted, it allows you to quickly get exquisite sesame milk. The use of sesame added to baked goods is also known: cakes, breads, cookies, cakes and pastries.
Less widespread is the use of sesame oil. It is a high quality oil and above all of great stability. This is due to its content of antioxidant compounds, which guarantee a long shelf life and prevent the oil and foods prepared with it (breads, cookies, etc.) from going rancid. The important thing is that it is cold first-press oil without any refining process; This makes it priced a bit high for daily consumption and it conspires against its overpopulation. Obtained from unroasted seeds (oriental eaters generally use the more aromatic version, made from roasted seeds), it is also an excellent oil for massages, cosmetics (prevents wrinkles and is used as sunscreen ) and therapy (regenerates post-pregnancy stretch marks).
Must-have sesame recipes.
Sesame butter (Tahin).
Wash and soak ½ kilo of white sesame in lukewarm water for 3 hours. Filter and reserve the water. Process by adding the soaking water and liquid pink salt until you get a smooth paste. Pack in a glass jar and always store in the refrigerator.
Grind ¼ cup of white sesame in a grinder. Add ½ liter of water and mix the two ingredients well. Leave to marinate for 3 hours, filter and sweeten with molasses. Another system is to mix one cup of tahini with two cups of water in the blender.
White sauce without dairy products or flour.
Place the tahini in a jug. Add hot water and stir until you get the consistency of “white sauce”. Season with nutmeg and sea salt.
Remember to check with your doctor before starting any natural treatment.