Great for Calcium and therefore bone strength – sesame is one of the No.1 sources of Calcium after dairy. Also good for Magnesium, Tryptophan (the precursor to Serotonin – mood elevator) and Iron. Sprinkle seeds directly on foods or use paste (Tahini).
* Note: Sesame/Tahini is very ‘hot/heating’ – use with caution in summer or where there is a heat-based condition.
Good for Foliate, Omega 3, Manganese. Can be good in arthritis, irritable bowel and high cholesterol. (Do not self-treat though).
* Note: The seeds need to be ground fresh for best results as the oil is highly unstable and goes rancid quickly. Linseed in breads etc are next to useless. – care of Dr’s John Piesse & Joachim Fluhrer.
**Ayurvedic Caution: Linseed is very very heating. Recommending it for ‘anyone’ with symptoms/condition A,B,C etc is not good. Be careful in summer, if you have a ‘hot’ (pitta) constitution or where there is already a heat-based condition – acute inflammatory arthritis, ulcers etc.
Good source Tryptopan (Serotonin), Zinc, Iron, Manganese etc and highly recommended for healthy prostate, bone strength, arthritis (anti-inflammatory effects).
Great for Vit E, Vit B1 and Selenium, making it good for cardiovascular health, nerves & muscles and anti-inflammation.
*For those trying to keep their weight in check, using Sunflower ‘oil’ in cooking can be good. It’s a ‘lighter’ oil and also cooling, so it’s great in the hotter months.