It includes Oleic acid that helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good cholesterol" in the blood. Black Sesame seeds are also valuable sources of dietary protein with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Sesame seeds contain many health benefiting compounds such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl-methanthiol, guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenyl ethanthiol and furaneol, vinyl guacol, and decadienal • Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins, and minerals. They are excellent sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
When given to expectant mothers during their peri-conception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.