Sesame oil, which comes from sesame seeds, is not as widespread as some other vegetable oils, but it is actually one of the healthiest oils today. This yellowish dense liquid has a mild taste that resembles walnut, so it can be used as an additive numerous dishes.

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Sesame oil is very rich in linoleic acid, one of the two essential fatty acids our body can not produce. Essential fatty acids are important for the normal growth and development of the organism, as well as for the health of the cardiovascular and nervous system.

The sesame seeds contain many vitamins and minerals such as manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, tryptophan, zinc, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and proteins.

Sesame Seeds And Oil Can Help You Against Insomnia And Disturbed Sleep

As we stated earlier, sesame seeds and sesame oil contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in foods (proteins). Since it serves as a precursor to serotonin, melatonin and nicotinic acid in metabolism, it is necessary to consume it daily through food.

Serotonin affects your mood, and it acts on a number of other functions – neurohumoral, appetite, anxiety, depression, and obesity. Numerous studies have shown that the tryptophan has beneficial effects:

  • It improves serotonin levels
  • Fights depression
  • Helps with sleeping disorders (in insomnia)
  • Improves mood
  • Helps with seasonal disorders (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Some nutrient in sesame have the ability to relieve stress and calm you down thus they help you fall asleep faster,  for example muscle-relaxing magnesium, and vitamin B6 have soothing effect on your nervous system.

To improve your sleep you should take a little bit of sesame oil (you can warm it up if you want to) and gently massage your feet soles and scalp before bedtime. You can also take one teaspoon of sesame seeds mixed with ½ teaspoon organic honey before going to bed. These seeds will promote healthy sleep routine in no time.

Reference: 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic home remedies for better sleep
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