During the winter season, we are more likely to get colds and flu. Indeed, fever and runny nose are common and, in the case of runny nose, extremely annoying. In order to avoid these diseases, it’s worth taking care of our immune system. One healthy duo, in particular, will provide you with all kinds of benefits – sesame with honey. This uncommon mix is a treasury of nutrients that can make a ton of difference in your life. So, let’s find out what it’s all about!
A combination of honey and sesame
According to scientists, honey in combination with sesame improves sexual performance, improves mood, helps to get rid of chronic fatigue, and benefits vitality. The combination is also recommended for people living under constant stress. Additionally, the mixture of sesame and honey provides the body with easily digestible nutrients – calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, omega-3 acids.
Honey and sesame also strengthen bones, teeth, nails, hair, and skin. They also improve the work of the brain, support intellectual performance, and strengthen the heart and circulatory system. They protect against atherosclerosis, strokes, diabetes, and heart attacks. It increases physical endurance, adds energy and vitality, and has a positive effect on potency in women and men.
The mixture of sesame and honey is a source of essential amino acids and is considered to be the healthy food that we all need today.
Knowing all this, there’s no surprise that this mixture is considered a superfood – it’s a treasury of nutrients. If you still need convincing, though, here’s the summary of other health benefits that sesame with honey has to offer.
Health benefits of sesame with honey:
|1. will strongly strengthen the body|
|2.removes digestive problems and related constipation|
|3. will help with stomach disease|
|4. stops the formation of ulcers on the stomach|
|5. will prevent the development of inflammation of the large intestine|
|6. protects the liver|
|7. cleans the veins and protects against cardiovascular diseases|
|8. sesame and sesamolin balance cholesterol levels|
|9. thanks to the high fiber content, it will improve the digestive system|
|10. it will reduce the desire for sweets and prevent obesity|
In addition, it reduces oxidative stress caused by excess free radicals ravaging our bodies. Free radicals are the main reason for accelerated aging, but it’s a whole another topic, so let’s leave it for now.
So, let’s break it down into parts and see what these ingredients can do separately.
Properties of sesame
Modest small sesame seeds are more than just an addition to bread. Sesame seeds, due to their healing properties, were already used in ancient Egypt. Today, nutritionists and scientists are rediscovering the properties of sesame. It’s one of the oldest plants cultivated by man, exceptionally rich invaluable things. And so it’s no wonder sesame seeds were called the spice of the gods and the mythical treasure. Highly valued in Eastern, Mediterranean, and African cultures, sesame has been used for thousands of years to flavor foods. Providing the necessary fats, strengthening the vitality, and improved the condition of the skin.
Sesame seeds also have the highest content of omega acids of all oil plants. The delicate nutty flavor of sesame oil is appreciated in cuisines all over the world.
Sesame seeds are very nutritious. Sesame seed is an excellent source of copper and manganese, but it also contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, selenium, and fiber. Other than that, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both are lignans that have cholesterol-lowering properties.
The richness of minerals in sesame seeds makes it a great addition to your diet and has many health benefits. The high copper content of sesame seeds provides relief from rheumatoid arthritis as it gives sesame a pain and swelling-reducing effect. Copper in sesame seeds is effective because it is a key mineral involved in enzymatic reactions with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. What’s more, thanks to its copper content, sesame plays an important role in combining collagen and elastin – the basic substances that ensure the structure, resistance, and elasticity of blood vessels, bones, and joints.
Properties of honey
Honey for colds was already used in the times of Aristotle. Ancient Greeks believed that honey gave them strength, health, and longevity while Cleopatra nurtured her beauty by taking a bath in goat’s milk and honey. It is especially known for its immunity-supporting properties. However, raw honey has the best effect, i.e. one that has not been subjected to any processing processes that may deprive it of its valuable properties. So always buy honey from your local retailer or health food store, do not stock up on this valuable product in supermarkets as it does not have the properties in question.
Real honey is also recommended for treating health-related issues such as:
Honey can also help you calm down as it improves well-being and mood. People use it in the treatment of neurosis, apathy, insomnia, hyperactivity, and nervous exhaustion.
Below you can see the list of other health benefits that natural honey has to offer:
|1. accelerates wound healing|
|2. reduces the risk of keloids|
|3. heals stomach ulcers (manuka honey from New Zealand is especially suitable for this)|
|4. works against diarrhea|
|5. lowers blood pressure|
|6. inhibits atherosclerotic processes|
|7. heals diseases of the liver and bile ducts|
|8. it is good for colds, troubles with the throat|
It’s said that the father of medicine Hippocrates owes his long life to consuming large amounts of honey. Pythagoras also lived to see old age thanks to this sweet nectar. Well, at least that’s a common belief, we can’t really know for sure! It would definitely make sense, though, given what we know about honey these days!
Recipe for a tasty and healthy meal of honey and sesame
This is the easiest and fastest way to reap all the benefits of sesame and honey mix. It literally takes minutes to prepare, so not having enough time isn’t going to work in this case! Here’s what you need to do:
Pour sesame seeds into a clean, scalded jar with a capacity of 200-300 ml. The jar should be 1/3 full. Top up with liquid honey and mix thoroughly. You can also add 2 tablespoons of bee pollen.
I enjoy this mixture regularly every day. One tablespoon is enough every morning before breakfast. Don’t swallow the mixture right away, but chew it thoroughly and let the honey dissolve on the tongue.
Many other recipes offer the miraculous properties of a mixture of honey and sesame. However, I recommend one recipe in particular.
All you need is one cup of sesame seeds, a cup of chopped pistachios, a cup of raw honey, a slice of lemon peel, and one teaspoon of lemon juice.
Toast the sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat. Add honey, lemon, and lemon zest to a small saucepan and heat until the mixture boils, stirring constantly. Then take the mixture off the heat and add the pistachios and sesame seeds. Then pour the mixture over a baking tray lined with parchment paper, spread it over an even, flat surface, and place it in the refrigerator until it solidifies. After this time, you can cut the homemade sesame seeds into portions.
Can I replace honey with maple syrup?
Scientists speak of maple syrup similarly to honey – in superlatives. Some even believe that thanks to its ingredients, in the future they will be able to create drugs for many diseases. Honey and maple syrup are sometimes used interchangeably, although they taste slightly different. The latter has fewer calories and more minerals.
Maple syrup, like other sugar substitutes of this type (honey, agave syrup, date syrup), is still a sweetening product and due to the sucrose content, it has some effects on the body similar to sugar. This means, among other things, that it quite rapidly raises blood glucose levels (it has a high glycemic index) and has a lot of calories. Fortunately, however, these are not completely worthless calories, as is the case with sugar. Maple syrup also has many health-promoting properties. Here are a few of them:
Maple syrup is a rich source of antioxidants, which are essential for a healthy life and have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
Despite its high glycemic index, it does not increase the risk of developing diabetes, and even on the contrary – it can reduce it! It is due to the content of abscisic acid, which increases insulin secretion and sensitizes cells to its action. So it seems that people with insulin resistance do not need to feel guilty when reaching for maple syrup.
The most important, in my opinion, is the main message – a healthy person, not struggling with overweight, diabetes, or candidiasis, does not have to feel guilty about consuming maple syrup instead of honey. Everything in moderation, of course, but you can safely treat it as a healthy honey substitute.
The combination of sesame and honey contain lots of valuable nutrients and is a mixture with a ton of health benefits, especially on cold winter days. Just one tablespoon a day can make all the difference and it tastes amazing, so don’t wait! Let’s all enjoy this amazing and little-known mix of sesame and honey.