Mustard Seeds (Rai) are rich source of Vitamin A, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium and are globally used as a flavoring agent and culinary preservative. Mustard greens, mustard oil and mustard seeds have potential health benefits. There are approximately 40 species of mustard plant and out of them three are used to make the mustard condiment. Mustard seeds are used as spice in various recipes and as salad dressing in the form of mustard paste. Here are few health benefits of mustard seeds
Good for Diabetics
Studies have shown that this spice, due to its high antioxidant and fiber content can help in neutralizing the damages caused by oxidative stress in diabetic people. Mustard seeds as well as mustard oil helps in reducing the levels of serum glucose and stimulating metabolism of glucose.
Helps in Lowering Cholesterol Levels
Mustard seeds and mustard greens have high cholesterol lowering power due to their ability to facilitate excretion of bile acids (Usually comprises of cholesterol) and binding them in digestive tracts. This binding process helps in reducing cholesterol levels in our body. They also help in reducing the development of plaque or blockages in the arteries and preventing cardiovascular disorders.
Heart Healthy Spice
Mustard seeds are rich in Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. These healthy fatty acids promote heart health by reducing ventricular enlargement and alleviating symptoms of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack.
Antibacterial and Anti-parasitic in Nature
Mustard seeds have been shown to be effective in soothing symptoms associated with ringworm. Applying mustard paste topically on clean skin helps in treating lesions caused by ringworm.
Provide Relief from Respiratory Disorders
Mustard seed are known for their therapeutic effect in curing respiratory disorders including cold, sinus problems. It acts as both decongestant and expectorant and thus helps in reducing the production of mucus and clearing it from the air passages.
Mustard seeds have been used as home remedy in various respiratory ailments. Gargling with tea made of mustard seed aid in soothing sore throat.
Healthy for Menopausal women
Minerals like magnesium and calcium are beneficial for women as these minerals encourage bone health and reduce risk of osteoporosis. During menopause, women are likely to have low levels of these minerals and high risk of bone loss, fractures and osteoporosis. Addition of mustard seeds could prevent bone loss associated with menopause.
Aids in Detoxification
Mustard seeds contain powerful antioxidants and fiber content, which help in detoxifying our body. Certain compounds called as glucosinolates are preset in them that help in regulating the process of detoxification and eliminating harmful toxins from our body.