Black sesame seeds are an extremely good source of calcium due to studies having shown that one gram of seeds contains approximately 85 milligrams of calcium. Black sesame seeds also have high amounts of protein, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. In some patients, black sesame seeds are used to help patients recover from serious illnesses and fevers, treat constipation and promote regular bowel movements. Some practitioners recommend using black sesame seeds with polygonum to keep a person's hair looking rich and dark. Sesame seeds contain a high amount of the anti-nutrient phytic acid. The seeds are exceptionally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and calcium (90 mg per tablespoon for unhulled seeds, 10 mg for hulled), and contain vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin E (tocopherol). They contain lignans, including a unique content of sesamin, which are phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Sesame seeds also contain phytosterols associated with reduced levels of blood cholesterol. The nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverized before consumption like with tahini. In traditional Chinese medicine, black sesame seeds have sweet and neutral properties, and are associated with the kidney and liver meridians. They function to tonify yin jing and blood, moisten the intestines, and help build the spirit, or shen. BE CREATIVE AND ENJOY! Black Sesame seeds have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, and aroma that can be enhanced by lightly heating. They can be added to your favorite granolas, yogurts, energy bars, crackers, soups, sauces, dips, or breads. Sprinkle them on salads, pasta, and more. ARE FOODS ALIVE ORGANIC BLACK SESAME SEEDS PAINTED BLACK OR ARE ANY OTHER SUBSTANCES ADDED TO MAKE IT LOOK DARKER? No. There are different variables that cause the seeds to look unique and different with each crop/season when it's harvested. Our supplier runs the Black Sesame Seed through a machine called a Color Sortex Machine that sorts the seeds with regards to a consistent size and color and removes all impurities. We receive a certificate of analysis for each batch of Black Sesame Seed that analyzes and shows that it's safe to consume. Before we purchase each batch of Black Sesame Seed, we receive a sample and test it to make sure it sprouts and then we press it into oil and check the taste of the oil. It must pass all of these tests before we choose a batch of Black Sesame Seed.
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