So as I sit in my Herb class listening to my teacher tell the stories of his old days in China I’m usually intrigued and floored when I hear about something as simple as a seed as being the secret to looking and feeling young. Chinese medicine never ceases to amaze me, but the way my Professor tells his stories can literally put you in the moment. He mentions of the “younger” ladies who would always get asked “why are you yelling at your father”? “That’s not my father, that’s my son!” ß Now if this sentenced didn’t just make you go “hum?” Then I don’t know what will. See the secret to staying looking young in China is a tablespoon of black sesame seeds 1-2x daily. It’s a beauty staple in Asia. The women take the sesame seeds their whole life, their skin hardly wrinkles, their hair stay long thick dark and beautiful, while their son’s and husbands continue to age. I know I’ve seen an article or two on why or how do Asian women tend to not age? Well who knew on a Thursday afternoon sitting in Herb class the secret would be revealed to me. Of course it’s not just for antiaging but also has an array of other health benefits.
“Taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years.”
says the Materia Medica of Herbal Medicine, the largest and most comprehensive medical writings in the history of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
This herb is also known as Hei Zhi Ma (Sesami Semen Nigrum) and related experiments show that the content of vitamin E contained in this herb is the highest in all foods of plant origin. It is well known that vitamin E can promote cell division and delay cell senescence. Long-term use can counteract or neutralize cell senescence and then delay aging and extend life expectancy.
Some other health benefits associated black sesame seeds are it improves:
- Heart health
- Liver and kidney function
- Mental acuity
- Hair and skin
According to Chines medicine aging is the result of a deficiency of blood and jing in the liver and kidneys. Jing also called Essence is your life force, you are born with all the Jing you are going to get and you can supplement it throughout life with healthy lifestyle and food. When your blood or Jing becomes deficient this is when the aging process starts to take over. Have you ever wondered why some people are fully functional at 90 yrs old look great and still have life in them? Then you see some people at 60 yrs old, broken hips, look 90, their body and mind have just aged horribly? This is due to the way we treat our Essence. Supplement your Jing with good foods and a healthy lifestyle (your body will thank you for it yrs from now)
Also a tablespoon 1-2x a day of black sesame seeds couldn’t hurt 😉