These Seeds Are Good for Your Knees

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A longtime favorite for flavoring meals, sesame seeds can reduce pain and inflammation in those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Data also reveal topical application of sesame seed oil reduces pain intensity and the need for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in those suffering from blunt trauma to the upper and/or lower extremities
  • In one study, researchers found that using as little as 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds a day could decrease blood pressure in some adults and potentially be meaningful in the prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Sesame seed oil may be cold pressed at home but should be eaten in moderation as it is high in omega-6 fats and lectins. Pregnant and nursing mothers should use extreme caution, as should those with known allergies to nuts

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