It’s the old saw about one man’s trash being another’s treasure. Except in this case, instead of just being a clever saying, it’s come to life and is 100 percent true.
New research backs what could turn out to be one of the most powerful weapons yet in the battle against age-related cognitive decline.
This natural therapy holds the potential to:
- IMPROVE memory, even in people already struggling with cognitive impairment
- REDUCE damage in the brain linked to dementia
Those are pretty incredible results right off the bat. But what’s truly remarkable here is WHERE this treasure comes from.
It’s straight out of the trash.
How to find the treasure hidden in the trash
Sesame oil is becoming a popular option for salads, cooking, and more.
You can even find it in regular run-of-the-mill grocery stores these days. No special trips to an Asian market required.
Unlike so many other vegetable and seed oils, it’s not unhealthy. Sesame oil actually has a solid balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Just make sure it’s extra virgin and cold-pressed and avoid exposing it to high heat.
But today, I actually don’t want to focus on the sesame oil itself. It’s about the “trash” produced in the oil’s processing. The new study looks at what’s left after the oil is extracted from the seeds.
The leftover pile of sesame seed remainders is typically considered industrial garbage. Well, until now, that is.
Because it turns out these leftovers—referred to as sesame oil cakes—have a high concentration of nutrients NOT found in the finished oil. The cakes are loaded with a class of compounds called lignans, including the sesame-seed exclusives sesamin, sesamolin, and sesaminol.
The most important are phenolic lignans, which act as powerful antioxidants. They head off oxidative stress helping to protect cells from damaging toxins, infections and even aging.
Plus, those same potent lignans can also help…
- detoxify your liver
- regulate the metabolism of unsaturated fatty acids
- block the absorption of cholesterol
But we haven’t even touched on the sesame cake’s biggest potential benefit yet. And that is to reduce damage in the brain.
Sesame cake extracts linked to better brain health
In the new study, volunteers suffering from mild cognitive impairment were given either an extract made from the sesame oil cakes or a placebo. And after 12 weeks, the differences between the two groups were pretty remarkable.
First, the folks given the extract had measurable improvements in verbal memory scores. Which is something not even drugs can do.
And second, they had lower levels of beta amyloids which are proteins found in the brains of people with cognitive impairment. Beta amyloids can increase over time in folks who start to experience cognitive decline and eventually dementia.
The only downside to this new research is that sesame oil cake extract isn’t exactly a common supplement just yet. Although I imagine that’ll change soon as a result of studies like this one.
But in the meanwhile, you can look for other proven brain-supporting options that are a little easier to find, such as B-complex, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin A.
Plus, try munching on more mushrooms. One study found a regular mushroom habit could cut the risk of mild cognitive impairment in half