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Sesamin acsv.svg
CAS number 607-80-7 YesY
PubChem 5204
ChemSpider 65258 N
KEGG C10882 N
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Molecular formula C20H18O6
Molar mass 354.35 g/mol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Sesamin is a lignan isolated from the bark of Fagara plants and from sesame oil. It has been used as a dietary fat-reduction supplement, although no controlled studies on this application have been performed.[1] Its major metabolite is enterolactone, which has an elimination half life of less than 6 hours.[2] Sesamin and sesamolin are minor components of sesame oil,[3] on average comprising only 0.14% of the oil by mass.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Sesamol, another phenolic component of sesame oil


  1. ^ Kamal-Eldin A, Moazzami A, Washi S (January 2011). "Sesame seed lignans: potent physiological modulators and possible ingredients in functional foods & nutraceuticals". Recent Pat Food Nutr Agric 3 (1): 17–29. doi:10.2174/2212798411103010017. PMID 21114470. 
  2. ^ Peñalvo JL, Heinonen SM, Aura AM, Adlercreutz H (May 2005). "Dietary sesamin is converted to enterolactone in humans". J. Nutr. 135 (5): 1056–1062. PMID 15867281. 
  3. ^ Lim JS, Adachi Y, Takahashi Y and Ide T (Jan 2007). "Comparative analysis of sesame lignans (sesamin and sesamolin) in affecting hepatic fatty acid metabolism in rats.". Br J Nutr 97 (1): 85–95. doi:10.1017/S0007114507252699. PMID 17217563. 
  4. ^ Ikan, Raphael (1991). Natural Products: A Laboratory Guide 2nd Ed.. San Diego: Academic Press, Inc. p. 50. ISBN 0123705517. 

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