The health benefits of sesame oil include its ability to improve hair and skin health, stimulate strong bone growth, reduce blood pressure, increase heart health, mange anxiety and depression, protect infant health, boost your dental health, prevent cancer, improve the digestive process, and lower inflammation.
Sesame oil, which comes from sesame seeds, is one of the lesser known vegetables oils, but is in fact one of the healthiest alternatives to normal vegetable oil options. Sesame seeds, which are known by the scientific name Sesamum indicum, are small yellowish brown seeds that are primarily found in Africa, but they also grow in smaller numbers on the Indian subcontinent.
Sesame oil has gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years, not only because sesame oil is relatively inexpensive to extract (simple hot water flotation or a variety of pressing techniques). However, sesame oil is best acquired when the seeds are completely ripe, which means that the outer shells burst. Sesame oil can be used in cooking, and it is most commonly used in Asian cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian dishes, as well as Middle Eastern cuisine.
Sesame oil has also been used in massage practices, due to its very powerful effects on the body and its beneficial effects on the skin. It has a wide range of health benefits connected to it, which makes sesame oil highly sought after, even as a carrier oil for various cosmetic products. The problem is, the manual processing that sesame seeds require means that there will always be more of a demand than a supply. For that unavoidable reason, global sesame oil production is not as high as other vegetable oils, despite the very healthy aspects.