Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is also called sesame paste or sesame butter with the texture of peanut butter but made from sesame seeds. Tahini is often used in middle eastern cuisines most notably Hummus which is a luscious dip made with chickpeas and Tahini. The health benefits of Tahini stem from sesame seeds and could help us in the following areas.
Sesame seeds contain the unique sesame lignans , a potent antioxidant, that aids in lowering cholesterol and preventing high blood pressure. Studies have shown that consuming these types of fats such as those present in Tahini can lower harmful cholesterol levels as well as lower the risk of heart disease.
The high magnesium content in tahini is beneficial for maintaining healthy bones. Adequate magnesium intakes are associated with a greater bone density and have been effective in decreasing the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
The calcium and magnesium in tahini work together to decrease blood pressure naturally.
The high Vitamin E content in sesame seeds has been regarded as an ancient beauty treatment for healthy skin, hair, and nails.
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