(NaturalNews) What health benefits can the small black seed of the sesame plant offer? Some people might have read about how black sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants and various nutrients. But that is about all. They have no idea that there are actually many more valuable health and beauty benefits of consuming black sesame seeds.
Yet in a particular part of the world where the Chinese reside, knowledge on the use of this black seed for good health and beauty has been passed down from generation to generation. It is time others learned from the Chinese about the amazing “secrets” of the black sesame.
The seed of longevity
There are many Chinese stories of how consuming black sesame seeds can bring about longevity and beauty even at an old age. This association of the sesame seed with longevity is similarly found in many early Hindu traditions, where the seed is considered a symbol of immortality.
What is the link between the black seed and longevity and beauty?
Based on theories in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that aging, the toils of life and worrying could bring about deficiencies in bodily functions. In particular, the “Liver” and “Kidney” come to be deficient in “Jing” and “Blood”. This deficiency in turn brings about aging-related symptoms like blurry vision, graying of hair, ringing in the ears, as well as weakness in the bones and joints.
What the black sesame seed does is then provide the nutrients needed to correct such a “Liver-Kidney” deficiency, as such helping the body to delay the onset of aging-related symptoms, at times even reversing the symptoms after they arise. The hope of retaining their good eyesight, having more black hair and keeping ringing eyes at bay are some important reasons why many Chinese consume black sesame seeds on a regular basis.