Sesame Seeds Reduce Arthritis Pain by 60% Compared to Tylenol Alone
- Published on: 25 October, 2016
- Last update: 07 August, 2017
A remarkable study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases shows us that food truly is medicine. Medical researchers from Tabriz University investigated the effects of sesame seed supplementation on patients with arthritis, focusing on osteoarthritic knee pain specifically. Standard treatment involves the use of NSAID pain relievers, which have been linked to damage of the gut lining, internal bleeding and cardiac issues. This is why the researchers sought out to look for “a complementary treatment to reduce complications and costs.”
The study took 50 patients with osteoarthritis and divided them into two 25-patient groups: 1) the sesame group, receiving 40 grams per day of powdered sesame seeds along with two doses of Tylenol, and 2) the standard drug therapy group, who received two doses of Tylenol alone.
Before the study, the sesame group reported their pain at an average level of 9.5, whereas the drug therapy group was at an average of 9. After two months of treatment, the sesame group experienced a 60% decrease in pain to a level of 3.5. The drug therapy group only dropped to a 7. Additional measurements were taken using both the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) Questionnaire and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test. Both tests revealed a similar degree change when compared to baseline.
So, how much is 40 grams of sesame seeds? 1 tablespoon of seeds is approximately 9 grams, so about 4 tablespoons will get you to what the study found to be a clinical dose. The best way to consume these seeds for pain is raw, sprinkled on top of cooked vegetables and salads.