Mustard plants are any of several plant species in the genera Brassica and Sinapis. Mustard seed is used as a spice. There are wide variety types of mustard plants. For example, the mild white mustard grows wild in North Africa, the Middle East, and Mediterranean Europe, and has spread farther by long cultivation. The oriental mustard (Brassica juncea), originally from the Himalaya, is also grown commercially in India, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the US. Lastly, the black mustard (Brassica nigra) is grown in Argentina, Chile, the United States, and some European countries.
Here are the 7 health benefits of mustard.
1. Mustard could help fight uterine cancer.
Research, published in the Human & Experimental Toxicology, suggested that mustard seeds have chemopreventative potential and provide protection against the toxic effect of carcinogens.
2. Mustard can help improve your cardiovascular health.
A study, published in Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, suggested that mustard oil could reduce the risk of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack. The health properties of mustard oil attribute to the omega-3 fatty acid presence.
3. Mustard can assist in red blood cell formation.
Copper and iron are essential for the new blood cell formation. One tablespoon of mustard contains 6 percent of the recommended value for iron. A deficiency of iron can lead to anemia.
4. Mustards have a high selenium content that can help improve bone strength.
Selenium is found in large quantities in mustard and can improve bone health by adding strength and durability. The mineral also strengthens the teeth, hair, and nails. Also, this essential nutrient is a potent antioxidant, which rids the body of free radicals. One tablespoon of mustard contains 21 percent of daily recommended selenium.
5. Mustards can help you sleep better at night.
Mustard has been known to help an individual sleep with its high content of magnesium, which is a mineral that is directly linked to improving the quality, duration, and tranquility of sleep. Mustards also help regulate the metabolism, to help reduce sleep disorders and the occurrence of insomnia. There are many sleep aid devices that can help you sleep better but adding mustard to your diet can be a natural option.
6. Mustard seeds can fight against Psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder. Research in The Journal of Dermatology suggested that mustard seeds are effective in curing the inflammation and lesions associated with psoriasis. According to the study, treatment with mustard seeds also stimulates the activities of proper enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase, which promote protective and healing action in such diseases.
7. Mustard can help promote healthy looking skin and hair.
Antibacterial properties of mustard seeds have been proven effective in curing the lesions caused by ringworm. Skin application of mustard seeds on a clean skin helps in soothing the symptoms associated with ringworms.
Also, mustard oil, extracted from mustard seeds, contain nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid, omega-6 fatty acid, and calcium that are essential for stimulating the growth of strong hair.
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First uploaded: Sept. 10, 2014
Last updated: March 20, 2018
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