Nutrition Tips : About Sesame Oil for High Blood Pressure

Nutrition Tips : About Sesame Oil for High Blood Pressure


My name is Christine Marquette, and I’m a
registered dietitian, with the Austin Regional Clinic, and I’m going to talk to you about
sesame oil for high blood pressure. There’s actually been several studies recently on
sesame oil, and the effects of it on your blood pressure. It is actually thought that
a couple of powerful antioxidants found in sesame oil, called sesamin, and sesamol, may
be the key components that are responsible for lowering blood pressure, and in the research
that has been done, what they found was two different studies actually, looked at people
who were taking blood pressure medications already, and in one group, they were taking
a particular blood pressure medication called Procardia. They had been taking it, and it
had not lowered their blood pressure, so these people were asked to substitute their regular
cooking oil, with sesame oil. After a period of sixty days, the average blood pressure
had dropped to normal, and the other study, it looked at people who were taking either
beta blockers or diuretics, and they found a very similar effect. After forty five days,
these people had their blood pressure drop down to normal levels. To see what would happen
if they resumed their normal eating habits, they went back to their regular cooking oil,
and their blood pressure increased again, so once again, they put them on the sesame
seed oil, just their normal eating habits. Their blood pressure dropped back down to
normal ,so this is very promising. It’s actually showing that sesame oil has a very potential
benefit, for lowering blood pressure. In addition, it also is very rich in monounsaturated fats,
and polyunsaturated fats, so besides being beneficial for your blood pressure, it’s actually
also good for your blood cholesterol, so overall, sesame oil is a very heart healthy oil, and
it’s very tasty also. It’s a good oil to use for cooking. It gives your foods lots of different
flavors, so definitely keep sesame oil in mind, so that’s just a little information
for you, for sesame oil, and how it affects your blood pressure.