Mustard is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables that includes the likes of cabbage and broccoli. The seeds of this plant are famous as a spice. It is found in white, brown and black varieties and is used by folk all over the world. This spice finds mention in the Bible as well as ancient Sanskrit scriptures. It has been used by humans for thousands of years. There are different varieties of mustard plants. The bland white mustard is found in the wild in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East as well as the Northern African area. The oriental mustard originates from the Himalayas and is cultivated in many nations. The black mustard is cultivated in the US, South America and certain European nations.
Health Benefits of Mustard
- Protects against cancer
The seeds of this plant are rich in phytonutrients. The latter both prevents and delays the onset of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Scientific studies have determined that mustard seeds possess properties that curb the growth of already existing cancer cells and prevent the build-up of fresh cancer cells.
- Cures respiratory problems
The seeds are a potent decongestant as well as expectorant that aids in removing the mucus present in the air passages. It cures cold and sinus. The selenium and magnesium content of the seeds bestow it a high anti-inflammatory characteristic. The seeds if consumed regularly can aid in controlling and relieving the symptoms of asthma.
- Alleviates rheumatic arthritis
Mustard seeds relieve the symptoms of rheumatic arthritis. This is because of the high levels of selenium as well as magnesium found in it.
- Cures psoriasis
The small seeds are useful in curing the inflammation and lesions associated with psoriasis. Consuming the seeds strengthens the beneficial enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase as well as glutathione peroxidase that promote protective as well as curing action in such disorders.
- Effective against constipation
The seeds are rich in fiber as well as mucilage that enables smooth bowel movements. Consuming a tablespoon of seeds twice or thrice daily will help relieve the symptoms of constipation.
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