Health Benefits of Mustard Seeds
Posted on: February 13, 2019.

Worldwide, three main varieties of mustard  are generally grown—

White mustard seeds: These are slightly larger than the other two varieties, light straw-yellow colored, and exhibit mild pungency.

Black mustards: They are commonly grown in South Asia, and have a sharper, more pungent aroma than the other two varieties.

Brown mustards: These seeds are native to the sub-Himalayan plains of Northern India.

Health Benefits

Pythagoras endorsed mustard seeds as a cure for scorpion stings.

Hippocrates heralded mustard paste as a miracle remedy for pains and aches.

Ancient Roman physicians used it to ease toothaches.

They weren’t alone…

From ancient times till modern, mustard is used for

    ✓ Stimulating appetite
    ✓ Clearing sinus
    ✓ Preventing frostbite
    ✓ Supplementing weight loss
    ✓ Suppressing asthma
    ✓ Stimulating hair growth
    ✓ Boosting immunity
    ✓ Regulating cholesterol
    ✓ Treating Dermatitis
    ✓ Effective protection from gastrointestinal cancer

Generally perceived as a spice with significant health benefits, mustard seeds are a rich source of phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. As one of the chief oil seeds, mustards are indeed very high in calories—100g of seeds provide 508 calories—but nonetheless, they are made of quality proteins, essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

Mustard seeds are an excellent source of essential B-complex vitamins that the body requires from external sources to replenish, and helps in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function, and regulating body metabolism. The seeds are an excellent source of vitamin-E, a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, which neutralizes cell-damaging free radicals of oxygen and maintains the integrity of mucosal and dermal cell membranes.

Mustards contain concentrated amounts of essential minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, iron, selenium and zinc. While calcium helps build bone and teeth, manganese acts as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase, copper and iron facilitate production of red blood cells, and iron catalyzes cellular metabolism.

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