….and is a great superfood for overall Prostate Health
One of the many reasons I feel compelled to preach as loud as I can about prostate health and prostate cancer, is that I don't think prostate ailments have to afflict us anywhere near the level that they do, especially in the USA, and especially with African American Males.
The other point that seems obvious to me, is that prostate health can be directly influenced by the foods that we eat, many of those foods are readily available in the USA.
Black Sesame Seeds should be one of men's main "accessories" for looking and feeling good……
Gamma Tocopherol in Sesame Seeds, the Prostate's "Heavy Healer"
Gamma Tocopherol and Alpha Tocopherol are two forms of Vitamin E that play major roles in prostate health. Most studies have focused on Alpha Tocopherol, and most synthetic Vitamin E supplements are Alpla Tocopherol based (more on that in a second).
However, recent studies show that Gamma Tocopherol is the "Big Daddy" as relates to prostate cancer prevention and overall prostate health.
More Gamma Tocopherol equals reduced Prostate Cancer Risk
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health released the results of a huge study which showed that men with the highest gamma tocopherol blood levels had a fivefold reduction in prostate cancer risk. This same study showed that selenium and alpha tocopherol also reduced prostate cancer risk but only when gamma tocopherol levels were high.
Furthermore, another study revealed that sesamin, another nutrient abundant in Sesame Seeds prevents the breakdown of gamma tocopherol in the body, resulting in higher bioavailability of this critical nutrient.
Always Bet on Black……..Sesame Seeds
You can readily find white sesame seeds at Whole Foods and such, and Black sesame seeds can be easily had over the internet, such as via Amazon
Natural forms of vitamin E such as those found in sesame seeds are thought to have anti-aging properties, and sesame consumption is known to raise plasma levels of tocopherols (vitamin E) in humans. However, black sesame seeds have triple the phenol antioxidant content of white sesame seeds.
Overseas Sesame Seed research is extensive
Japanese researchers even compared sesame seed lignans with flax seed lignans and found that sesame seeds elicited higher gamma tocopherol levels and lower TBARS scores (a measure of oxidative stress).
(Yamashita K, Ikeda S, Obayashi M. Comparative effects of flaxseed and sesame seed on vitamin E and cholesterol levels in rats. Lipids. 2003 Dec;38(12):1249-55).
American research is starting to "trickle in" , as a 2001 Study by Quin Jang at Purdue said……
"We have recently showed that gamma-tocopherol, but not alpha-tocopherol, inhibits growth and induces cell death in prostate [and lung cancer] cells"
Diet is the most potent Prostate Health weapon
According to Life Extension, cancer cells lurk in the prostate glands of most aging men, yet only one in six men are ever diagnosed with prostate cancer. If one looks at what is required for a single cancer cell to develop into a detectable tumor, it becomes obvious that natural barriers exist to protect people against full-blown cancer.
Unfortunately, the dietary choices of most men living in the modern Western world circumvent the body's natural protective barriers.
Food more powerful than anti-cancer drugs
The Life Extension Article goes on to say that, an understanding of the biological roles of diet and specific nutrients can enable aging men to achieve a considerable amount of control over whether isolated cancer cells in their prostate gland will ever show up as a clinically diagnosed disease.
The impact of the food we ingest on cell growth and death is so pronounced that it can be identical to the effects displayed by anti-cancer drugs.
Beware of Synthetic Vitamin E supplements
Unfortunately, alpha-tocopherol is the only form of vitamin E found in vitamin supplements and medications. Excess alpha-tocopherol taken in supplements reduces natural levels of gamma-tocopherol, which theoretically can INCREASE prostate cancer risk.
In contrast, consuming natural food based gamma-tocopherol increases levels of both alpha and gamma-tocopherol, keeping the prostate in balance as nature meant it .
Food Based Vitamin E and gamma-tocopherol is best
In an article from PSA Rising, December 18, 2004, source: Purdue University, WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., it states…
The form of vitamin E found in many plant seeds — but not in most manufactured nutritional supplements — might halt the growth of prostate and lung cancer cells, according to the Purdue University study.
Other Seeds and nuts high in prostate cancer fighting gamma-tocopherol
flaxseeds (although there is a "possibility" flax may raise estrogen levels in men, my research was inconclusive, but just in case, I stay away from excessive flax seeds)
Part One is knowing the foods to eat,
Part Two is always the hardest part….how to get them consistently into our daily diet….
As Always, Super Smoothies to the rescue!!!
Life and health becomes so much easier if you get daily smoothies into your routine.
Someone asked me about dosage, and the suggestions are 9-30 grams a day. I calculated a tablespoon to be @ 10 grams, and I do 2 tsp a day, since I normally do 2 smoothies a day, so I'm getting @20 grams/day.
Black Sesame seeds can be added to a delicious smoothie, and before you know it you will be consuming this potent prostate health healer, in conjunction with many other prostate health superfoods, and not thinking twice about it.
…a good read on the many health and healing properties of Black Sesame Seeds can be found here (might be worth 5 minutes of your life).
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