Can I Decrease Fat Stores With Sesamin?

If you're trying to get healthy, burn fat, and lose weight, many have looked to sesamin, a popular dietary supplement that claims to support weight loss, as a possible solution to help speed things along. 

But if you prefer real, whole foods, both sesame seeds and sesame oil are heart-healthy sources of good fat that boast a number of benefits such as lowered blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. Plus, studies have shown that sesame seed oil may also help promote weight loss. Here, we'll go over some of the research and benefits of sesamin.

Sesamin and Fat Loss

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Sesamin is a lignan extracted from sesame seeds and a compound of sesame seed oil. Lignans are plant compounds that communicate within the body to perform an action like stimulation of fat oxidation, for example. Sesame seed oil has been linked to increased fat burning, decreased fat stores, plus its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities offer up a bounty of other health benefits.

According to a 2006 study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, “The reduction of body weight and body mass index in our study mainly may be due to sesame oil substitution, since the values increased once the sesame oil substitution was withdrawn.”

Sesamin: Provides Superior Health Benefits

Sesamin Comes from Sesame Seeds
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Research linking sesamin to fat oxidation in humans is still somewhat limited, though some studies have shown that sesamin can help lower cholesterol and treat hypertension.

While you'll likely reap certain health benefits by eating more sesame seeds and sesame oil, simply adding more sesamin to your diet may not be enough to actually help you burn fat and lose weight.

Before you gorge on sushi rolls topped with sesame seeds, saturate your salads with sesame seed oil, or stock up with a lifetime supply of sesamin supplements, let’s take a closer look at sesamin and how it may work to stimulate fat loss.  

Sesamin Research Reveals Great News

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The 2006 study reported the effects that sesame seed oil had on hypertensive patients. There were 50 participants of mixed gender aged 35 to 60 who were measured at baseline and instructed to consume sesame oil for 45 days and eliminate all other oils from their diets. The patients were measured again after 45 days, and results indicated lower triglycerides in their lipid panels as well as reduced blood pressure. Participants also exhibited weight loss and a reduction in body mass index (BMI).

For the next 45 days, participants were then asked to return to whatever oil they'd been consuming prior. When subjects were reevaluated at 90 days, both blood pressure and triglyceride levels returned to their baseline levels. Researchers concluded the results demonstrated a possible link to sesamin and a reduction in blood pressure and lipid profiles in hypertensive patients.

Similarly, a 2010 review article published in Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus indicates that sesamin can potentially increase the fat burning process and decrease the storage of fat in the body.

“Sesamin binds to and activates a receptor in the body called Peroxisome Proliferator Activator Receptor Alpha (PPARalpha)... and is involved in the regulation of lipid metabolism, specifically the transcription of genes involved in the oxidation of fatty acids and lipogenesis.

"Sesamin possesses the capacity to increase the fat burning process and decrease the storage of fat in the body by modifying the gene expression of the fatty acid oxidation enzymes,” the authors reported. 

Sesamin Does a Body Good

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Sesamin has shown to supply numerous health benefits as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Both sesame seeds and oil are sources of healthy fat linked to decreased blood pressure and reduced triglycerides (fat in the blood).

As with all fats, more is not always better. It's important to be conscious of the recommended portion size for your daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy weight.

The Takeaway

Sesamin is great for fat loss
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Sesamin has been a popular supplement for fat loss. But sesamin can also be obtained from natural sources like sesame seeds and sesame oil. Since dietary supplements are largely unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it's recommended that you fulfill your nutrient requirements through real, whole foods. However, oil supplements may be more appropriate for those who don't enjoying the taste and texture of consuming oils.

In any case, do your research or consult with your doctor before buying supplements or incorporating anything new to your diet, especially if you have a health condition. Sesame seed oil is a nutritious source of fat that's also good for your health. When consumed as part of a balanced diet, the seeds and oil are also great sources of antioxidants that help maintain an ideal body weight.

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