We were chatting over another scrumptious and nutritious lunch at the Community Center the other day when I happened to mention Vitamin T. I wasn’t surprised when the majority of my table-mates admitted that they had never heard of it. That’s understandable. As B. Levine in NaturalHealth 365 describes it, “there is very little data on Vitamin T. You could call it the forgotten vitamin.”
Forgotten or not, Vitamin T hosts an amazing list of unique benefits including:
- Increasing and maintaining stamina—A major player in the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, it helps convert the food we eat into energy, providing required energies for physical games and exertion. In concert with the conversion of carbohydrates, it regenerates our bodies by bolstering effective adrenal gland function. As NaturalHealth 365 also states, “Vitamin T is known as the sesame seed factor – since this is the best source of it. An interesting fact, Halvah – a high protein food made from sesame seeds was credited with keeping the army of Alexander the Great in fighting shape.” Imagine that, the first energy bar 1700 years ago!
- Strengthening and improving both white and red blood cells function—Some experts cite Vitamin T as a treatment for blood-related health concerns such as anemia and hemolysis because of it’s great support of the formation of white blood cells. Additionally, it is known to maintain the integrity of blood platelets—so important for healthy clotting.
- Enhancing concentration and memory—There are indications that Vitamin T may help us retain and perform better in memory-related tasks and to stay focused.
- Overall improved health—Because of it’s ability to eliminate prerequisites for detrimental diseases, it is considered a preventative factor for health and well-being. Extra benefits include promotion of a healthy nervous system, hair, mouth, liver, skin, and eyes.
- Untapped potential—It may be forgotten by most, but several innovative doctors have keyed into Vitamin T’s potential as a cancer-fighting agent. A study showed that when given six tablespoons of sesame butter a day, children with leukemia had symptoms that went into remission. This extraordinary benefit is the result of exposing the human lymphoid leukemia cells to sesaminol, an ingredient in sesame oil. This exposure not only inhibits the growth of, but also induces ‘cell suicide’, of the leukemia cells.
It sounds like we will do well to remember the forgotten vitamin, Vitamin T. While there is not a lot known about it, we do know that the main sources are sesame seeds, tahini, egg yolks and pumpkin seeds. Leafy green vegetables, papaya, raisins, and apricots are also good choices to get its amazing benefits. Experts say that it is water-soluble and by getting Vitamin T in a food source, there is no worry about receiving too much. However, regular consumption of alcohol can lead to a deficiency and severe deficiencies can lead to anemia and retarded growth.
At the Sedona Community Center, we serve a well-balanced, wholesome, and tasty lunch Monday through Friday on location at 2615 Melody Lane. The same culinary delights are transported daily to over 60 recipients in our Meals on Wheels program—total of 300 meals weekly. We recently received the 2016 Yavapai County’s Golden Plate Award and are extremely proud of our kitchen staff. The talent and creativity of Head Chef, Peggy Rivera, and kitchen staff, Ron Kamlin, Heidi Coffey, and Victoria Curcio, keeps us healthy and our tummies happy. And, yes, some dishes contain the mysterious Vitamin T—guaranteed!