Nutrition: sesame seeds

I believe that part of the health problem that manifests as symptoms of fibromyalgia is due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies brought on by disturbances in the digestive system. The imbalance in the digestive system interferes with the bodies ability to absorb some important nutrients from food (assuming the diet is healthy and the nutrients are in the food).

The wellness program includes the short term supplementation of a few select minerals that may be deficient. However, the body should get its vitamins and minerals from a nutritious diet.

Calcium is one of the minerals that is generally deficient in a majority of people in the US; Especially in women, where osteoporosis is too common a problem.

Milk is promoted on TV and in advertisements as being an excellent food source for calcium. If that were true it does not make sense that the countries that have the largest population of milk drinkers, the United States and United Kingdom, also have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

Calcium tablets are probably one of the most consumed supplement in the United States. A recent article I read suggested that this high consumption of calcium supplements may account for the increase in lead levels being found in many people. Many of the calcium tablets being sold contain some lead.

A popular antacid tablet advertises on TV as being a good source for calcium. Taking advantage of peoples lack of knowledge and playing on their concerns for being calcium deficient, I'm sure sales of the product have skyrocketed.

Before calcium can be absorbed by the body it must be ionized with stomach acid. An antacid tablet neutralizes stomach acid which will interfere with the body being able to absorb calcium.

If you look at slide #23 in the Fibromyalgia presentation, " Drugs that deplete vitamins", we see that one of the nutrients depleted by regular use of antacids is calcium. Other nutrients depleted by antacid use include: vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin D, iron, and zinc.

So how do you get the calcium your body needs? Eat plenty of vegetables. Green leafy vegetables in particular are excellent sources for calcium. Eat a variety of all kinds of foods to assure that you are providing your body with all the nutrients that it may need.

The following can be found in "The Chemistry of Man", by Bernard Jensen.

Sesame Seed Milk. 1/4 cup sesame seeds to 2 cups of water, raw milk or goat milk. Place in blender and blend 1 - 1/2 minutes (90 sec). Strain through fine wire strainer or 2 - 4 layers of cheesecloth. This is to remove the hulls. Add 1 tablespoon carob powder and 6-8 dates. For flavor and added nutritional value, any one of the following may be added to this drink: banana, stewed raisins, apple or cherry concentrate, date powder or grape sugar. Your own imagination or taste may dictate other conbinations of fruits or juices. Whenever adding anything, run the blender again to mix. This milk may also be used as the basis for salad dressings.

I believe that sesame seed milk is one of our best drinks. It is a wonderful drink for gaining weight, for lubricating the intestinal tract, and its nutritional value is beyond compare, as it is high in protein and minerals. This is the seed used in the making of Tahini, a sesame seed oil dressing. This also is the seed that is used so much in Arabia and as a basic food in East India.

The recipe I generally use is: 2 cups water, 1/4 cup sesame seed, 2 Tbls Sweet Dairy Whey, 1 banana (frozen), 1/4 teas. cinnamon. I do not bother straining the liquid.

I will pour the above concoction on my breakfast cereal, usually cracked wheat cereal or Quinoa. Both, very easy to prepare, two parts water, 1 part cereal, a little sea salt, cover pot, low heat, and leave it alone for about 30 minutes.

Sesame Seeds(raw, unhulled)

Serving size 1/4 cup (36g)

Calories: 210
Fat Calories: 160

amount/serving% Daily Value

Total fat: 18 g 28%
Saturated fat: 2.5 g 13%
Total Carbs: 8 g 3%
Fiber: 3 g 13%

Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
Sodium: 0 mg 0%
Sugar: 0 g  
Protein: 6 g  

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 35%
Iron 30%
The above information was taken from the label that was on the bin for this product at the health food store. The nutritional value for the hulled variety of sesame seed was considerably less.