A couple of weeks ago, one of our You Tube viewers left a comment on our video "Black Sesame Frappe" where we talked about black sesame seeds and some of their many benefits. She stated that using black sesame seeds on a daily basis got rid of her gray hairs. That inspired a truly brilliant idea in my head; Kristy and I are going to eat that gray right out of our heads by feasting on black sesame seeds every day! However, after doing some research on the benefits of these seeds, reversing gray hair does not happen overnight, so we'll have to be patient. According to the Compendium of Materia Medica, the largest and most comprehensive medical writings in the history of Traditional Chinese medicine; "Taking black sesame seeds can improve skin tone on the body and face after one year, reverse gray hair after two years, and regrow teeth after three years." Quite the powerful statements and we're going to take one of them to heart and begin our journey with black sesame seeds and reversing gray hair (improvement of skin would be nice too).
Let me give you a few facts about these "powerful" seeds.
These "powerful" seeds offer so much more than a nutty flavor to your foods. They are a powerhouse of organic minerals such as copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, fiber, and phytosterols (just to name a few). The amount of vitamin E found in these seeds has shown to be one of the highest of any other plant source. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin which belong to a group of beneficial fibers called lignans (also found in flax seeds). These two substances have shown to reduce blood levels of cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage..
Here are some health benefits this rich assortment of vitamins and minerals have:
- relief for rheumatoid arthritis (copper)
- supports vascular and respiratory health (magnesium)
- helps prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraine headaches and PMS (calcium)
- bone health (zinc)
- increased energy
- nourish the brain (niacin)
- slow down aging (vitamin E)
- reverse gray hair
- healthier skin
You can use sesame seeds with most dishes just by adding them in. We've been adding black sesame seeds into our milk that we make. Make sure to get your seeds from a reputable source and make sure they are not rancid. I read from a Chinese doctor that the best way to use them is to soak them for about 10 minutes and then rub them in your hands. I believe the Chinese have known how to use these seeds for centuries, so that's what I have been doing. You can also put them in a skillet on low heat and stir them up for a few minutes.
As you can see, there are just too many benefits to this tiny seed not to try it. I believe, though, that one food is not going to be a miracle for everything. Adding black sesame seeds to an already very clean diet can have wonderful results. I know too many people who think by taking a pill or adding one food to their "not so healthy diet" will get rid of all their health problems. It's more than a food; it's a lifestyle. So Kristy and I are ready to take the challenge and see what this magnificent seed can do for us.
Here's our first picture of Kristy's gray hair. Since her gray hairs stand out more than mine, we decided to use her hair for the pictures. We'll update each month and look for any changes. As I said before, this takes time, so stay with us over the long haul.
I decided to stop coloring my hair about six months ago. The main reason for this decision is mostly due to the horrifying thought of having to color my hair for the rest of my life. I really don’t want to be eighty years old and still coloring my hair, not to mention the insane amount of money I am saving. But I am getting pretty desperate here. I turn thirty on Easter but if you looked only at the hair on my head, you would think I was fifty. To be honest, mom has less gray hair than I do. Granted, I have much darker hair than her, but that doesn’t really make me feel any better. So after we had a comment on a video about how the black sesame seeds really worked for this lady’s gray hair, mom decided we should try a little experiment. Obviously, I have nothing to lose (except some gray hairs). I’m all in. I am making my normal oat milk and adding about ¼ cup of the black sesame seeds. I also marinated some veggies and added a handful of seeds to the mixture. I am going to find as many ways as possible to eat the seeds. We will see what happens. I’ll be taking weekly photos to help me tell if there is any progress. Boy I sure hope this works!