Mustard is a condiment made from the seed of a mustard plant (white/yellow mustard, Sinapis alba; brown mustard, Brassica juncea; or black mustard, Brassica nigra).
The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, vinegar, lemon juice, wine, or other liquids, salt, and often other flavorings and spices, to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown. The taste of mustard ranges from sweet to spicy.
Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, mustard is also added to sandwiches, hamburgers, corn dogs, and hotdogs. It is also used as an ingredient in many dressing, glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades.
As a cream or as individuals seeds, mustard is used as a condiment in the cuisine of India and Bangladesh, the Mediterranean, northern and southeastern Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa, making it one of the most popular and widely used species and condiments in the world.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUSTARD
The unique healing properties of mustard seeds can partly be attributed to their home among the Brassica foods found in the cruciferous plant family.
■ HEALTH BENEFITS OF YELLOW MUSTARD
Yellow mustard has becomes popular because of the unique, strong and spicy flavor and is used as condiment in hotdogs, salads, sandwiches and burgers around the world.
It is rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C and many of the B-complex vitamins. It also has some health benefits for the body like relief from muscular pains, ringworm, and respiratory disorders and also helps in treating cancer and diabetes
■ PHYTONUTRIENT COMPOUNDS PROTECTIVE AGAINST GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER
Like other Brassica, mustard seeds contain plentiful amounts of phytonutrient called glucosinolates.
The seeds also contain myrosinase enzymes that can break apart the glucosinolates into other phytonutrients called isothiocyanates. The isothiocyanates in mustard seed (and other Brassicas) have been repeatedly studied for their anti-cancer effects.
In animals studies – and particularly in studies involving the gastrointestinal tract and colorectal cancer – intake of isothiocyanates has been shown to inhibit growth of existing cancers cells and to be protective against the formation of such cells.
■ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS FROM SELENIUM AND MAGNESIUM
Mustard seeds emerged from our food ranking system as an excellent source of selenium, a nutrient which that has been shown to help reduce the severity of Asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent cancer. They also qualified as a good source of magnesium.
■ FIGHT OR PREVENT CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES
Mustard seeds come from a plant that’s in the same Brassica botanical family as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Brassica vegetables have several notable nutritional and health benefits, and pairing them with mustard can unlock another promising benefit.
Mustard can help turn on a cancer-fighting compound in these because it contains the enzyme myrosinase. Plus, other compounds and nutrients in mustard can further inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
■ SOOTHE A SORE THROAT
Whenever a sore throat strikes, mustard is a surprise ally in your fight to feel better.
Sulfur and other nutrients and minerals give mustard anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral superpowers, helping you fight infections and ease pain.
■ REDUCE HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE PAIN
Headaches are debilitating, especially when they transform from a simple dull ache to the throbbing agony of a migraine. When you feel a headache coming, before reaching for the medicine cabinet try grabbing the mustard jar instead.
Research suggests that the magnesium in mustard can mitigate a migraine, so turn to mustard first for some potential relief.
■ FIGHT SKIN AILMENTS SUCH AS PSORIASIS AND RINGWORM
Instead of slathering a sandwich with mustard, slather your own risk for more benefits. Ailments such as psoriasis and fungal diseases such as ringworm cause discomfort, itchiness, and inflammation.
Oils and compounds in mustard seeds, however, can ease those effects and fight the underlying causes, helping you achieve healthier skin.
■RELIEVES MUSCLE SPASMS
Mustard is known for its rubefacient properties which can help in relieving any kind of muscle spasm.
Consuming a tsp of yellow mustard powder can help in maintaining strong bones, joints and muscles as it is a good source of potassium and calcium
■ RELIEVES RESPIRATORY DISORDERS
It is a wonderful decongestant that helps in cleaning the mucus in the air passage.
Inhaling the steam of heated mustard seeds or gargling with mustard tea, helps expelling mucus out of the throat and lungs
■ CURES BODY ACHES
Mustard oil made from yellow mustard seeds helps to get quick relief from any kind of pain. Massage the painful area with mustard oil for 10-15 minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times daily for immediate results.
■ PROMOTES HEART HEALTH
Yellow mustard is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that help in balancing cholesterol levels.
It reduces the LDL or “bad” cholesterol level and increases the HDL or “good” cholesterol level in the body, thereby reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
■ FIGHT BAD BREATH
Yellow mustard is an effective home remedy to get rid of bad breath. Put a tsp of yellow mustard oil in you mouth and swish it for about a minute. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
■ PREVENT CANCER
Yellow mustard contains an abundance of phytochemicals called glucosinolates that have been scientifically proven to fight against various types of cancer like bladder, cervical, and colon cancer