Sesame Oil Health Benefits:
Sesame oil contains the chemical compound, sesamol, which decreases the production of the inflammatory cytokine molecule, TNFα. This reduces the development of depression due to excessive stress.
Ayurveda advocates the practice of oil pulling, using sesame oil. In this practice, oil is swished in the mouth for long durations to prevent halitosis, tooth decay, bleeding gums, dryness of the throat and mouth and strengthening of teeth and jaws. This practice is also known to reduce plaque-induced gingivitis and the growth of the harmful microbe, Streptococcus mutans, which is associated with the formation of plaque.
Sesame oil decreases the triglyceride concentration in the blood plasma. It also lowers the sodium concentration in blood, while elevating the potassium levels. This caused a hypotensive effect on the body. High potassium levels thereby stabilize the cellular membranes and improve smooth muscular relaxation. Sesamolin, a lignan present in sesame oil, decreased the decreased the lipid peroxidation, Decreased lipid peroxidation is very important to improve the blood flow, membrane fluidity, and reducing many heart diseases.