Mustard greens are peppery, leafy greens winter vegetables and used frequently in Indian, Chinese and Japanese cooking. They are packed with vital anti-oxidants such as flavonoids, Vitamin C, Phytonutrients and fiber and other valuable nutrients which are good for health and wellness. Mustard Greens are known as “Hari Sarson” in Hindi. These leafy vegetable can be eaten raw, stir fried or steamed or added to salads and cooked with other vegetables. Here are some of the health benefits of including mustard greens in your diet.
Rich Source of Antioxidants
Mustard Greens are rich source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which help in preventing oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals in our body can damage body’s cells and tissues, and can trigger chronic diseases.
Antioxidants present in Mustard greens protect our body from oxidative stress by combating free radical damage, reducing inflammation and protecting the healthy cells throughout our body.
Boosts Your Immunity
Being rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, Mustard green is a brilliant choice for boosting your immunity. Vitamin C not only boosts our immune system, it also maintains the health of tissues and help fight off free radicals.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
Cholesterol is used by our liver to produce bile acids which along with bile breaks down the fats in our body. But excess of cholesterol isn’t healthy for our body. Eating enough dark leafy greens like mustard greens can increases the liver’s bile binding capacity, and in turn increases the bile acid production and decreases bad cholesterol. Steamed mustard greens have higher cholesterol-lowering ability than raw.
Promotes Bone Health
Mustard green can be a healthy vegetable choice for those with osteoporosis or arthritis. This green leafy vegetable contains about more than your daily requirement of Vitamin K, an essential nutrient involved in the mineralization of bone and removal of calcium from areas where it is not needed.
Mustard green is used as a home remedy for reducing inflammation and pain and even healing bruises.
Rich Source of Fiber
Dietary fiber is known for its various benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels, aiding healthy bowel movements and regulating blood pressure. Addition of mustard greens prevents the deficiency of roughage in your body and significantly lowers the risk of heart diseases, hypertension, obesity and even gastrointestinal disease.
Good For Your Liver
Mustard green detoxifies body by eliminating toxins from the bloodstream and cleanses the liver. This green leafy vegetable is considered as a best home remedy for promoting liver health by detoxifying it.