23rd July 2019 - Blog
At The Hemp Connection we have put the upmost care into every aspect of our products. When choosing the carrier oil we wanted something special, sesame oil may seem like a strange choice but when you look a little further into it you’ll soon discover that it’s an incredible oil in its own right – The perfect oil to pair with CBD. Let’s delve a little deeper into the amazing science backed benefits of sesame oil.
1. HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS:
Sesame oil contains sesamol and sesaminol, two antioxidants that may have great effects on your health. (*1) A build up of free radicals in your body can cause immflamuation and disease, antioxidants are substances that can help prevent the damage caused by free radicals. (*2)
A month long study found that sesame oil helped prevent against heart cell damage and also raised antioxidant activity in the body when taken as a daily supplement. (*3)
Very similar effects were found when using the oil topically. A study found that sesame oil inhibited compounds like xanthine oxidase and nitric oxide which produce free radicals resulting in reduced cell damage. (*4)
2. POWERFUL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES:
When you have chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring. All of these are linked to the development of several diseases. This is why it is important to reduce inflammation in the body. (*5)
More recent test tube and animal studies found that sesame oil has shown great results in reducing inflammatory markers in the body.(*6), (*7)
Sesame oil has been used in eastern medicine for a long long time. In Taiwanese medicine for example sesame oil is used for its anti-inflammatory properties to relieve pain in people with joint pain, toothache, premenstrual syndrome. (*8)
3. PROMOTES A HEALTHY HEART:
There is significant research that states a diet rich in unsaturated fats help promote a healthy heart. Sesame seeds are compromised of 82% unsaturated fatty acids. The most prominent of these fatty acids is omega-6. Omega 6 acids are a polyunsaturated fat that is essential to your diet and plays a great role in preventing heart disease. (*9)
Lowering your cholesterol is something we hear a lot about today, well sesame can help with that too. A month long study (human trial) found that adults who were given 4 tablespoons of sesame oil daily had a greater reduction in there LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides compared to those who consumed olive oil. (*10)
4. MAY HELP OR PREVENT DIABETES:
Sesame oil may help to regulate your blood sugar level, this is particularly important to people with diabetes. A 2018 controlled study of 46 adults with type 2 diabetes found that taking white sesame seed oil for 90 days mitigates blood glucose level, reduces oxidative stress, and improves biomarkers of hepatic and renal function in participants with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (*11)
A study performed in 2005 on rats with diabetes found that when put on a 6% diet of sesame oil for 42 days there was a significant reduction of their blood sugar level compared to the rats that were not given the oil. Another very positive outcome. More human trials are required. (*12)
5. MAY HELP RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS:
A very common condition our customers come to us with is arthritis. Arthritis effects a huge amount of the population (roughly 15%) and those numbers are growing every day. There have been a number of animal studies suggesting that sesame oil can help improve symptoms linked with arthritis.
In a study carried out in 2016 on rats found that when given a dose of sesame oil daily for 7 days the rats had decreased oxidative stress as well as other positive changes including a lessening of arthritis related joint pain. Oxidative stress plays an important role in skeletal muscle dysfunction. There are a significant amount of animal trials that have shown very positive results for sesame oil helping arthritic symptoms. More human trials are required. (*13)(*14)(*15)(*16)
6. MAY HELP HEAL BURNS, WOUNDS AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS:
Sesame oil have been used for a very long time as a topical oil and for good reason, due to its amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it works wonder for healing wounds and burns faster and with less scarring. (*17)
A study performed in 2013 on rats found that when sesame oil was used on a wound that it would heal faster with a significant reduction in wound length. (*18)
Another study found that at the site of a wound there would be higher collagen production when sesame oil had been applied. Collagen is a necessary structural protein for the wound healing process. (*19)
7. MAY HELP PROTECT THE SKIN FROM UV RADIATION:
It’s well known that too much UV radiation can cause sunburn, premature wrinkling of the skin, and cancers so it is important that we protect ourselves. Antioxidants play a huge role in protecting the skin by fighting free radicals that cause these negative side effects. As sesame oil is high in antioxidants it was proven to have good UV protection. (*20)
In a study carried out in 2011 Sesame oil was found to absorb 30% of UV radiation a huge 10% more than other oils that were tested. Coconut, peanut, olive, and cottonseed oils all blocked out roughly 20% of UV radiation.
8. MAY RELIVE PAIN WHEN APPLIED TOPICALLY:
Trauma and limb pain is very common in todays world. More and more people are looking for natural treatments instead of having to take pharmaceuticals. A very interesting study carried out in 2015 found that when patients used sesame oil on their extremity pains they did not need to take pain medication as frequently. They also reported a noticeable difference in the pain severity. The study concluded that sesame oil should be used as a treatment for limb trauma due to its cost effectiveness and ease. There are also no negative side effects of using it topically.(*21)
These are just a few reasons as to why sesame oil is incredible. Most of these studies were carried out on rats and more human trials are required but sesame has stood the test of time. It was noted in Ayurveda as the best of oil for over 5,000 years and is widely used in the east for its many benefits. This is enough evidence for us to know that its wonderful!
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about sesame oil. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively.
By Kristin Bisset