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Is Mustard Healthy And Good For The Body?

Mustard is a condiment used in various food for its flavor and nutritional benefits, most popularly in sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, sauces and soups. It is derived from the seeds of the mustard plant. The condiment is also incorporated in Indian, Mediterranean and European cuisines. 

Even seeds and leaves can be consumed of the mustard plants to avail of the benefits. For instance, it can contribute to lowering blood sugar and inflammation. The compounds also act as protectants against cancer, as several studies on animals have indicated in the past. However, more research needs to be done on human beings to be sure of the advantages against diseases. 

The number of nutrients found in mustard plants are plenty. When it comes to evaluating the leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked with soups and salads, the nutrients range from calcium, copper, vitamins C, A, and K. Mustard seeds contain fiber, selenium, magnesium and manganese. 

These seeds are added to salad dressings and warm milk. Also, the mustard paste has calcium, iron and selenium, according to Healthline.

Here are some of the benefits you can reap from mustard.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals, protecting the body against inflammation and against diseases. Glucosinolates, compounds common in cruciferous vegetables, are found in damaged mustard seeds. It can alert the body to put up defenses against disease by producing antioxidants. Therefore, the seeds and leaves contain compounds of glucosinolates.

Isothiocyanates, a compound of glucosinolates, stop the spread of cancer cells. Another compound derived from glucosinolates called sinigrin also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Plant compounds including carotenoids, isorhamnetin and kaempferol are also found in mustards.

Skin Diseases and Infection

Animal studies have shown that mustard seeds could heal the skin from flare-ups of psoriasis. Also, other animal studies found that mustard seeds contribute to speedy recovery from contact dermatitis, which is marked by itchy rashes. E. coli, B. subtilis, and S. aureus are some of the bacterial infections that mustard could possibly help fight as well. 

Precaution

Most studies proving the health benefits of mustard were performed on animals with the mustard extract. Hence, none of the health benefits are sure-shot and more evidence is needed to substantiate any such claims. Mustard is known to be a safe ingredient, but when taken in large amounts, it can lead to abdominal pain and diarrhea, even inflammation. 

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