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Amazing Benefits of Sesame Oil (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits of Sesame Oil (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

We hear a lot about the benefits of olive oil and the dangers of hydrogenated oils, but what about sesame oil? This vegetable oil is often considered a staple in Asian cuisines, but in the Western world, much less is known about it. Here are some of the multifaceted benefits of sesame oil, as well as a few mouth-watering recipes.

1. Support heart health

Of all the benefits of sesame oil, the most important of all is its ability to support the heart. As an anti-inflammatory, sesame oil acts to prevent atherosclerotic lesions, a chronic disease of the heart. Sesamol, an active ingredient in sesame oil, is packed with more than two dozen beneficial components for the heart.

2. Maintain soft skin

While tea tree oil is best known for supporting skin and hair, sesame oil also provides nutrient-dense fats that can soothe the skin. Sesame oil is considered a natural sunscreen containing vitamin E. It also moisturizes dry skin and can counter the effects of aging and wrinkles.

3. Powerful antioxidant

Sesame oil is a powerful antioxidant, meaning that it helps prevent free radicals from multiplying in the body. Free radicals have been known to play a role in various disease processes, including cancer and neurological disorders.

4. Preserve joint flexibility

Sesame oil has frequently been associated with joint health. One surprising study showed that the potent oil exerted a more positive impact than its contender–an arthritis drug for the knees.

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5. Support oral health

There are many supposed facts about food that we question. However, sesame oil’s ability to bolster oral health is well-documented in medical research. Rinsing the mouth with sesame oil has been shown to lower streptococcus mutants in both the teeth and saliva.

6. Great source of protein

Some will claim that you can only obtain a sufficient amount of protein from meat. However, this is far from true. Sesame oil is one of many vegetarian sources of protein, containing nearly five grams per ounce.

7. Protect against diabetes

One of the more surprising benefits of sesame oil is that it can actually help stave off diabetes. A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that sesame oil complemented and increased the effectiveness of an anti-diabetic drug.

8. Lower blood pressure

Something about sesame oil seems to induce a positive effect when consumed by those with hypertension. It is believed that the high magnesium content in the oil is responsible for stabilizing blood pressure.

Five Great Recipes Using Sesame Oil

Stir fry with sesame oil

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benefits of sesame oil

    via the Perfect Pantry

    This delicious and nutrient-dense Asian dish from The Perfect Pantry couples savory with a bit of spice. The stir fry includes bok choy, ginger, and garlic, and takes just minutes to prepare at home.

    Mango pickle

    mango

      via tarladalal.com

      You may be wondering what on earth mango pickle is, but you’ll be glad you took the time to whip some up. This traditional Indian snack combines ingredients you wouldn’t expect to mesh so tastefully. In the end, you’ll have a refreshing dish of both spicy and sweet flavors.

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      Sesame noodles

      benefits of sesame oil

        via The Pioneer Women Cooks

        If you’re in the mood for something simple, sesame noodles are a great staple for those learning to cook. This carefully concocted recipe is chock full of all the right flavors to satisfy and fill you up–like garlic, chili, and green onion.

        Sesame oil chicken wings

        chick

          via allrecipes

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          This recipe will make its way straight to a meat-eater’s heart, giving a casual appetizer an exotic spin. You don’t have to be a pro chef to throw together this nine ingredient recipe in your skillet.

          Sesame green beans

          sesame oil

            via foodnetwork

            This recipe makes for a perfect healthy side dish with only six basic ingredients. In just 10 minutes you will have a plate of savory vegetables you won’t have to force yourself to eat.

            Featured photo credit: Chamille White via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on September 10, 2019

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

              write down goals

                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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