Sesame seeds are a popular topping for bread.
They are used as garnish for many dishes, especially in Asia.
Sesame seeds come in different colors although the most popular are the white and black varieties.
We consume sesame as seeds, as oil and as paste.
But did you know that, according to a study, sesame seeds can be an effective pain reliever too?
The study took fifty patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, and divided them into two 25-patient groups: a sesame group, receiving 40 grams/day of powdered sesame seeds, and a standard drug therapy group, receiving two 500 mg doses of Tylenol twice a day along with 500 mg of glucosamine once daily…
…sesame was the clear winner. Not only was this food therapy superior in reducing the intensity of pain, but it was at least equal in effectiveness to Tylenol and glucosamine…
To be an effective pain reliever, a “clinical dosage” consists of four tablespoonfuls of raw and non-gamma irradiated sesame seeds (or its equivalent).
You can read the article “Eating Sesame Seeds Superior To Tylenol for Knee Arthritis” at Green Med Info. A related article in the same web site summarizes the health benefits of sesame seeds based on earlier studies.
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