Having problems with your vision? Sesame seeds to the rescue!

Known for its distinct nutty flavour, sesame seeds are not only extolled for their nutritional content in seed form, but are also highly valued for their rancid-resistant oil.

Updated: Sep 27, 2016, 20:44 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Vision problems are common with increasing age and also among youngsters who work on computers and laptops, which can cause strain on the eyes.

A modern lifestyle, courtesy all the latest gadgets and gizmos, plays a huge role in damaging our vision, since it damages the retina.

A majority of vision problems arise due to the absence of a well-balanced diet and lack of nutritious food. Hence, eyes require a number of key nutrients to function properly and sesame seeds are one such item with both nutritive and preventive properties.

Although tiny, sesame seeds pack quite a punch when it comes to health. One of the first oil seeds known to humankind, sesame seeds have been widely employed in culinary as well as traditional medicines for their wholesome, nutritious, prophylactic, and remedial properties.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids protects one's eyes and other cells in the body from deterioration. These are not generated by body, so one has to take them through diet or supplements and sesame is rich in same.

Known for its distinct nutty flavour, sesame seeds are not only extolled for their nutritional content in seed form, but are also highly valued for their rancid-resistant oil.

Sesame seed oil, also known as gingerly oil, is a good source of various nutrients, including flavonoid, phenolic antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and vitamins. Hence, consuming sesame seeds act as a stimulant in nourishing the eyes.

They were considered worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages and for many good reasons.

Ssidharth Goel, the director of KNG Agro Foods said, "Regularly massaging eye lids with sesame oil helps in improving blood circulation in eyes. It also helps in erasing dark circles and wrinkles."

(With Agency inputs)