Modest mustard may seem surprising because of its beneficial properties. Mustard plant is rich organic, saturated sulfur compounds, glucosinolates that reduce chronic inflammation associated with development of heart disease, diabetes, cancer.
The composition of mustard is rich in important for the health elements, including heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese. Its seeds contain concentrated doses of selenium – a mineral that provides powerful support for brain and myocardium.
On this amazing beneficial properties of the plant product is not the end, according to the publication Food News.
Fighting cancer cells. Mustard glucosinolates substances after use are transformed into sulfur-containing compounds are isothiocyanates, which (is shown by studies) help to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, do not give carcinogenic components to cause cell damage.
Reduces the level of blood sugar. Did you know that mustard is useful for people with prediabetes and diabetes? Scientists have linked its anti-diabetic action with the content of phenolic compounds, effectively fighting inflammation, regulating blood sugar levels.
Protects from psoriasis. Anti-inflammatory effect of phenolic compounds of mustard applied to psoriasis, a chronic skin disease in the form of red, scaly patches. It can also speed up the healing process painful psoriatic lesions.
Helps to treat contact dermatitis. May not be as serious as psoriasis, contact dermatitis may cause red rashes, blisters, chapped skin, burning, itching. A number of studies on animals suggests that mustard seeds help to eliminate these unpleasant symptoms.
Protects against infections. Thanks to its powerful antimicrobial properties of mustard seeds help to fight pathogenic bacteria (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus), fungal infections. Mustard oil or a poultice made of ground mustard seeds can be used as a tool for local use.
In the absence of contraindications experts recommend greater use mustard in condiments to the foods, dishes, and better not to use store-bought and cooked by yourself from natural ingredients. Leaves of mustard plant are also edible: they can be eaten in form of salad greens, add to soups, meat dishes.