Mustard seed is compared to the kingdom of heaven by Jesus Christ. In fact, its medicinal benefits as well its culinary values are too many. The seeds are used as spice or condiment and pressed to extract mustard oil. The fresh leaves are edible and eaten as green leaves. It is said that it originated in the foothills of Mount Himalayas and spread to the other continents. Mustard seed is mentioned in ancient Indian writings dating back about 5,000 years ago. It has been one of the oldest spices most widely used all over the world.
Ten health benefits of mustard seed
1) Helps good appetite
The health benefits of mustard seed are numerous. Mustard seeds contain plenty of phytonutrients called glucosinolates and myrosinase enzymes that can break apart the glucosinolates into isothiocyanates. This stimulates appetite and digestion. It helps to speed up metabolism.
2) Cures cancer
The property contained in mustard seed called isothiocyanates has been repeatedly studied for their anti-cancer effects. Studies have shown that intake of isothiocyanates inhibits growth of existing cancer cells and is protective against the formation of such (cancer) cells. Regular consumption of soaked mustard seeds reduces risk of colorectal cancer.
3) Helps to reduce the severity of asthma
The anti-Inflammatory effects of mustard seed helps to reduce the severity of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. It clears the sinuses from the bronchial tract. Poultice of mustard seed can be applied on the chest to clear congestion.
4) Lowers cholesterol
Mustard contains no cholesterol but contains only traces of fat. Selenium is a nutrient contained in mustard seed that has been shown to help to lower cholesterol.
5) Increases blood circulation
Mustard is used as a plaster on inflamed areas of the body since it increases blood circulation. Products of mustard and mustard oil have been effectively used for centuries for free flow of blood and preventing atherosclerosis.
6) Treats skin diseases
Mustard seed is used in the treatment of skin diseases through the application of sulfur found in mustard.
7) Four health qualities
Mustard is medically very useful since it has four powerful qualities to fight diseases. They are: antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mustard seed is known for its low calorie and nutritious property,
8) Reduces frequency of migraine attacks
One of the most important health benefits of mustard seeds is being helpful in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks.
9) A boon of women at menopause stage
Consuming mustard seed helps women at their menopause stage when they suffer from distorted sleep patterns and other problems associated with menopause.
10) Ayurvedic health benefits
Ayurveda gives great importance to the use of mustard seed in medicines since it increases pitta, and decreases vata and kapha and relieves muscular pain. Ayurveda mustard oil has been used successfully for joint pains, skin inflammation. It heals minor skin lacerations, cuts and wounds.