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Chemical name 3,4-Methylenedioxyphenol
Other names Sesamol
Chemical formula C7H6O3
Molecular mass 138.12 g/mol
CAS number [533-31-3]
Melting point 62-65 °C
Boiling point 121-127 °C at 5 mmHg
SMILES Oc1ccc(OCO2)c2c1
NFPA 704
Disclaimer and references

Sesamol is a natural organic compound which is a component of sesame oil. It is a white crystalline solid that is a derivative of phenol. It is sparingly soluble in water, but miscible with most oils.

Sesamol has been found to be an antioxidant that may prevent the spoilage of oils,[2] and may protect the body from damage from free radicals.[3] It also may prevent the spoilage of oils by acting as an antifungal.[4]

Sesamol is used as a chemical intermediate in the industrial synthesis of the pharmaceutical drug paroxetine (Paxil).


  1. ^ Sesamol at
  2. ^ Joo Yeon Kim, Dong Seong Choi and Mun Yhung Jung "Antiphoto-oxidative Activity of Sesamol in Methylene Blue- and Chlorophyll-Sensitized Photo-oxidation of Oil" J. Agric. Food Chem., 51 (11), 3460 -3465, 2003.
  3. ^ Ohsawa, Toshiko. "Sesamol and sesaminol as antioxidants." New Food Industry (1991), 33(6), 1-5.
  4. ^ Wynn, James P.; Kendrick, Andrew; Ratledge, Colin. "Sesamol as an inhibitor of growth and lipid metabolism in Mucor circinelloides via its action on malic enzyme." Lipids (1997), 32(6), 605-610.
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