9. Sesame Seeds
These tiny, nondescript little seeds don’t seem like they’d pack such a powerhouse punch of health benefits, but they do. Taken from the extremely resilient plants of the Sesasum genus, studies have shown that they can prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, boost respiratory health, detoxify the body, and much more.
Different cultures have been using sesame seeds for almost 4000 years, both medicinally and in food. They’re high in nutritional content and are full of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, fiber, folate, protein, and tryptophan among others.
Sesame seeds are believed to be antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, and they aid in metabolic function as well as promote skin, hair and oral health. The distinct, nutty flavor makes sesame seeds relatively tasty to ingest, and you can do so by simply eating a mixture of one teaspoon of sesame seeds with one teaspoon of honey and a sprinkling of salt. Alternatively, grind them up into a powder and mix with water for a nightly drink.
Though they’re technically a seed, they can still cause an allergic reaction among those with nut allergies, so be wary. Too much can irritate the stomach and colon, but the right amount can aid in bronchitis relief.