December 13, 2017
Sesame Oil for Diabetes?

Sesame Oil for Diabetes?

by Berkeley Wellness  

A combination of sesame oil and rice bran oil may be good for blood sugar and cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a 2016 study in the American Journal of Medicine.

Indian researchers assigned 300 people newly diagnosed with the disease to one of three groups: One that consumed a blend of sesame oil (20 percent) and rice bran oil (80 percent), one that took diabetes medication, and one that both consumed the oil blend and took the medication—each for eight weeks. Another group of 100 healthy people also consumed the oil. The sesame oil blend was used in their daily cooking, in place of their usual oils.

After four weeks, improvements were seen in blood sugar control, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and triglycerides in the participants with diabetes who consumed the oil, with or without the medication, though those in the oil-plus-medication group did the best. After eight weeks, there was also an increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. No improvements were seen, however, in the healthy group overall.

As the paper concluded, “use of sesame oil blend as a cooking medium showed notably beneficial effects on glycemic control and lipids in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.” The sesame-rich bran oil blend was rich in unsaturated fats and antioxidants. Sesame oil also contains sesamin, a plant compound shown to lower blood sugar and cholesterol in animals.

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