Sesame seeds are rich in fibre, protein and a number of vitamins.
Not all of these nutrients are present in the refined oil.
The antioxidants produced by the plant can be found in the oil.
This includes vitamin E and a group of chemicals called lignans.
Lignans are a type of phytoestrogen linked to strong dietary benefits.
Sesamin, one of the lignans in sesame, was found to reduce high blood pressure.
Small studies have found positive benefits of the oil on blood sugar among people with type 2 diabetes.