Small Seeds With Big Benefits
“Being a good source of selenium and magnesium, mustard seeds help to control the severity of asthma, migraine, arthritis and hypertension”
Sarson or rye are the Indian names for the popular tiny seeds called mustard. This unique spice occupies a large place in Indian cuisine and is commonly found in all households in the country. The little seed is packed with many medicinal properties that betray its size. The seeds of mustard continues to treat ailments as a whole seed or in powdered form or as a paste. It has been a common finding in grandma’s remedies to help alleviate respiratory problems like bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia. Here are some multifaceted benefits of mustard seeds.
Manages Body Aches
Mustard baths (prepared by placing a cloth pouch containing approximately 200 grams of mustard seeds in water) is known to decrease body aches, headaches and muscular cramps.
Mustard aids In improving appetite and digestion by stimulating salivation and gastric juice production.
Acts As A Fat Burner
This aromatic spice should be a regular in the spice cabinets of weight watchers. It can easily replace fat-laden dressings like mayo and ketchup. Mustard seeds are also known enhancers of metabolic rate.
Being a good source of selenium and magnesium, mustard seeds help to control the severity of asthma, migraine, arthritis and hypertension. Mustard also contains omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, calcium and zinc.
Cures Skin Disorders
Since mustard belongs to the cruciferous family (same as cabbage and broccoli) it contains sulphur. making it useful for treating skin disorders. The presence of mucilage in mustard also makes it a good laxative.
Combats Cardiovascular Diseases And Cancer
Mustard seeds contain many phytonutrients and enzymes and the anti-inflammatory properties of these are being researched for use in the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Great Detox Agent
Mustard greens are a great way to add vitamin C and fibre to one’s diet for detoxification.
Hinders Hangover Blues
Hangovers can be managed by drinking a glass of water with a spoonful of mustard powder. taken on an empty stomach.
Promotes Hair and Skin Care
In cosmetic care, mustard oil is known for revitalizing hair growth and soothing dry skin.
Mustard continues to alleviate health and skin problems. However, excessive intake of these seeds can wreak havoc and result in an upset stomach and irritation. Individuals suffering from ulcers, hyper acidity and urinary tract infections should observe more caution. It is best to consume it in moderation or under guided supervision.