Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mustard benefits - seeds & greens

Mustard seeds are grown in 3 main varieties white, black and brown. The black seeds are common in South Asia and the brown seeds are native to sub-Himalayan plains of North India.

Mustard seeds are high in calories and are good source of dietary fiber; recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

Mustard greens are an excellent source of essential B-complex vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine (vitaminB-6), pantothenic acid. Niacin helps lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Mustard is rich source of many health benefiting minerals.
- Calcium
- Manganese
- Copper
- Iron
- Selenium
- Zinc

These minerals are especially concentrated in these seeds.

Mustard seeds and its oil has traditionally been used to relieve muscle pain, rheumatism and arthritic pain. Mustard oil is applied over scalp in India and is believed to stimulate hair growth. Its ground seeds act as a laxative, stimulant to gastric mucosa and increase intestinal secretion.

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