According to By Neal D. Barnard, MD, a guest of Dr. Oz’s show, adding sesame seeds to your morning breakfast is a way to add cancer-fighting properties to your meal. They’ll add a nice crunch, but they are also loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They also provide natural lignans that help balance hormones – a fact that has captured the attention of scientists looking for ways to prevent hormone-related cancers, such as breast and uterine cancer.
Nutrition and You site lists many benefits of sesame seeds. Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
You don’t need a large amount to get the benefits of sesame seeds. A handful of seeds a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein. I add them to my salads, yogurt, oatmeal and even my stir-fry. They may be small, but they pack quite a punch!