Mustard Seeds – Small Seed with High Nutrition Value
Mustard seeds :Scientific Name: Brassica juncea – Family: Brassicaceae
Mustard seeds are one of the most popular winter crops cultivated as oil seed crop or as vegetable or as fodder. It is available in white, brown and black varieties and is used by people all over the world.
Mustard plant brings an entire gamut of healthful constituents through its various edible parts. Mustard seed and Leaves are rich source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.It is also a good source of magnesium and dietary fiber.
Health benefits of Mustard
Health benefits of mustard include relief from muscular pains, psoriasis, ringworm, contact dermatitis and respiratory disorders.
Prevent the growth of Cancer Cells: The presence of compounds like glucosinolates and mirosinase in mustard seeds are known to use phytochemicals to inhibit the growth of cancer cells
Improves immunity : Mustard has a large number of elemental minerals like iron, manganese, copper etc., it helps improve the body’s ability to fight disease.
Help to control symptoms of Asthma: Mustard seeds are high in selenium and magnesium. Both the components give it a unique anti inflammatory property. Consumed regularly, it is known to control and keep the symptoms of asthma, cold and chest congestion at bay
Cholesterol lowering ability: Mustard contains high levels of niacin or vitamin B3. Niacin has properties that help lower one’s cholesterol levels and protects the arteries from atherosclerosis
Other Benefits of Mustard
Skin and Hair Care: Mustard seeds are a natural scrub. Mix it with either lavender or rose essential oil. Use this mix to scrub your face and exfoliate dead skin. Mustard oil, extracted from mustard seeds, is a good source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a great nutrient for hair growth.
Fights infections: These seeds contain a good amount of sulphur which is known for its anti-fungal properties. They help ward off skin infections.
Mustard plasters and poultices are tried and true remedies to relieve arthritic joints, sciatica, neck pain, backache, neuralgia, and muscle pain. The mustard plasters work by dilating the blood vessels to promote the increase of blood flow to the surface of the skin. This warms the affected area and removes any toxins from that area. Poultices and plasters are also used to relieve respiratory infections and helps treat chest congestion, pneumonia, bronchitis, and croup.
A mustard plaster is made by using 4 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons dry mustard, and lukewarm water. A paste is made that is easily spread but not too watery.