Composition of Mustard Seeds
Seeds of the mustard plant are rich source of minerals such as calcium,magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Along with this, it is a good source of dietary folate and vitamin A.
Health benefits of Mustard Seeds
The B-Vitamins in mustard seeds helps improve your metabolism and a result could be weight loss.
Mustard seeds contain chemicals that studies have shown to have anti-cancer effects and can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Being a member of Brassica family, seeds of mustard plant contains generous amounts of healthy phytonutrients called glucosinolates which can prove valuable against various cancers such as bladder cancer, colon cancer and cervical cancer. Glucosinates break down to form isothiocyanates with the help of myrosinase enzymes present in mustard. Various studies have suggested regarding the anti-cancer effects of these components present in its seeds which inhibit the growth of cancer cells and even guards against the formation of such malignant cells. The chemopreventive properties of its seeds help in restoring the levels of glutathione and stimulate the induction of apoptosis without affecting the normal healthy cells.
Mustard plant has heat inspiring nature which may benefit some individuals suffering from nerve damage. It helps in stimulating the healing process by arousing the impulses and has an invigorating effect on the nerves.
Arthritis and Gout
The selenium that comes from mustard seeds can also help decrease the symptoms of arthritis.
High with minerals and selenium mustard seeds can help if you are suffering from menopause.
Mustards seeds speed up metabolism. They stimulates digestion, increasing saliva as much as eight times more than normal.
History of Mustard Seeds
As with most spices mustard seeds have been used for thousands of years both for culinary and medicinal purposes.
The Romans were probably the first to experiment with the preparation of mustard as a condiment. They mixed unfermented grape juice (the must) with ground mustard seeds (called sinapis) to make “burning must”, mustum ardens — hence “must ard”.