Mustard is commonly used in South Asian Cooking. There are three forms of mustard which are mustard sauce, mustard oil and mustard powder. Mustard sauce could be used to add spice to food whereas mustard oil could be used for many purposes including cooking. Mustard powder on the other hand is used as a garnish.
Other than for cooking and garnishing food, mustard has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Below are some of the health benefits of mustard.
Mustard contains high concentrations of selenium and magnesium. When consumed regularly, selenium and magnesium exhibit properties that are known to control Asthma, cold and chest congestion.
Helps in weight loss
Not many people know that mustard could help in losing weight. How does it help? It contains B-complex vitamins like, folates, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin known to increase a person’s metabolism which in turn helps lose weight.
Mustard consists of high concentrations of carotenes, zeanthins, lutein, vitamin A, C and K which when put together make mustard a good source of anti oxidants. Anti oxidants are proven to slow and reverse the effects of aging.
Lowers bad cholesterol
Two well known elements known to lower cholesterol are niacin and vitamin B3. Mustard contains either niacin or vitamin B3. Niacin also protects the body from hypertension by regulating the flow of blood throughout the body.
Stimulates hair growth
For centuries men have been applying mustard oil to stimulate hair growth. This is because mustard contains ample amounts of vitamin A, which is excellent for hair growth. It also contains beta carotene which gets converted to vitamin A during mustard oil products. Other than vitamin A, mustard also contains calcium, magnesium, iron and fatty acids that also promote hair growth.
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