Mustard oil is extremely popular in northern India, Korea, Nepal and Bangladesh. This oil was once thought to be unsafe for human consumption in United States, Europe and Canada , in these countries it was only used for massage because it contains erucic acid.
A study was conducted on rats and showed that erucic acid in mustard oil was harmful, but those studies are now believed to be flawed. 'American Chefs Discover Mustard Oil' was published in a New York Times article.
AdvertisementMustard oil is considered to have low saturated fat compared to other cooking oils. Mustard oil has been used for centuries as a food additive with curative properties and even an aphrodisiac.
This oil is a strong stimulant as it stimulates excretion, circulation and digestion as it increases the production of bile and digestive juices. Mustard also acts as an appetizer and boosts hunger.
The monounsaturated fatty acids and proper ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids which improve heart health and keeps the balance of cholesterol levels in the body, which also lowers triglycerides and prevent obesity and kidney disease.
Mustard seeds are effective on gastrointestinal and colorectal cancer, as mustard is rich in glucosinolate and phytonutrients.
A massage with mustard oil relieves rheumatism and arthritis, sprains and aches. The selenium present in the oil reduces effects of asthma and joint pains.
The high level of vitamin E improves skin health, it also protects the skin against strong ultra-violet rays and sun, reduces wrinkles and fine lines too.
In winters it is massaged on the soles of feet, especially for children as a relief from colds and chills.
It is very effective in curing cold, cough, body pains and aches, congestion caused by colds, headaches and for muscular growth. Also, it can be rubbed on the gums to strengthen them and also to protect them from germs.
Mustard seeds are used as a seasoning and fresh leaves of the plant are used in cooking - it is an acquired taste.