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Did you know sesame seeds can keep your bones healthy?

Sprinkle some sesame seeds on your salad for improving your bone health!

Sesame seeds are a store house nutrients and have varies health benefits. But did you know they can also improve your bone health and prevent osteoporosis? All you need to do is make sure you include these seeds in your diet without fail. Right from lowering your risk of osteoporosis to improving bone strength in babies, these seeds act as a storehouse of nutrients.

Sesame seeds are packed with calcium, an essential mineral that plays a key role in maintaining strong bones. And what s best than sesame seeds to get your daily dose of calcium as 100 mg of these seeds provide 975 mg of calcium (approximately equal to the daily recommended dose of calcium).

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These seeds contain zinc, a mineral, which prevents leaching of calcium from the body, thereby aiding in the prevention of osteoporosis -- a condition, which causes weakening of the bones due to low bone mineral density (BMD). The calcium, in combination, with other minerals and vitamins (from other food sources) helps in proper assimilation and absorption of calcium in the body. You can either add sesame seeds to your curries, salads or even make sesame laddoos to reap the bone healthy benefits of it. Here s how you can make healthy sesame (til) laddoos.

Maintains healthy bones in kids

Did you know that sesame seeds are rich in proteins and amino acids? The dietary components in addition to calcium are known to help in the growth of bones in children. You can get around 18 grams of proteins by eating around 100 gms of sesame seeds. Massaging children with sesame oil not only improves bone strength but also slows down the bone thinning process, making them strong and healthy. Also, read about 8 things that affect your bone health adversely.

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Calcium and vitamin deficiency can lead to osteoporosis. To know more about this condition, visit our Osteoporosis page section. For daily free health tips, sign up for our newsletter. For Osteoporosis related queries, visit our forum.

References:

Anilakumar, K. R., Pal, A., Khanum, F., & Bawa, A. S. (2010). Nutritional, medicinal and industrial uses of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) seeds-an overview. Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus (ACS), 75(4), 159-168.

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