Mustard seed and 08 diseases it relieves

Native to Europe, Central Asia and India, mustard (Brassica), black, white or China, is a bushy annual plant of the Brassicaceae family. Mustard is a condiment appreciated all over the world and its leaves and seeds offer many health benefits and virtues.

After the salt and pepper we use, mustard is one of the oldest condiments and the third most popular in the world. Mustard seeds are important in protecting our health. They come in white, brown and black and are used all over the world. The Greeks, Romans, Asians, and Africans all explored the taste of mustard seeds and incorporated them into their cuisines. Mustard seeds also find their way into the Bible and their first record of use is found in Sanskrit scripts that date back thousands of years. Unfortunately, the reputation of mustard seed has recently declined due to its link with mustard, which itself is linked to fast food like hamburgers and hot dogs. This is unfortunate, as mustard seeds have many health benefits. This article aims to make you discover this marvellous plant, all its components and its health benefits. written and edited by DJIMA Rachidatou on 23/07/2022

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Growing mustard for its health benefits

To grow, mustard needs sun. Be careful, it does not like windy places or areas that are too shady. If you live in a cold region, it is better to opt for mustard in a greenhouse or a plastic tunnel.

The soil must be compact, fertile, deep, and well-drained but it must remain fresh. Do not choose too wet ground.

It is quite possible to grow Chinese mustard in a planter, provided you water it very regularly. If the weather is very dry, the seeds bolt quickly.

Mustard: how to make the right choice?

Strong mustard (Dijon mustard, for example) is probably the best known! This very spicy mustard - even, sometimes, spicy! - accompanies red and white meats, and makes it possible to prepare sauces with character.

Mild mustard (Meaux mustard, for example) is, as the name suggests, more delicate. It goes well with white fish, and raw vegetables and can easily be prepared in a vinaigrette.

Old-fashioned mustard is a great classic of French cuisine: grainy, it accompanies rabbit, game, andouillette, barbecue skewers...

Flavoured mustard (with tarragon, basil, walnuts, honey...) is available in more than a hundred flavours! It is the favourite as an aperitif, and can (quite simply) be spread on toast.

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Mustard in the kitchen for its benefits

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In salads, very young mustard leaves are delicious.

When they ripen, they also make an excellent nutritious vegetable, steamed or sautéed.

As a condiment, mustard accompanies meats and vegetables, and it adds a little spice to vinaigrettes, sauces and mayonnaises.

Nutrition facts of mustard

Mustard greens are rich in complete proteins, provitamin A, vitamins B and C. They are also well supplied with mineral salts.

Rich in anti-cancer compounds

Mustard seeds are surprisingly rich in phytonutrients called isothiocyanates, which have been widely studied for their anti-cancer benefits. For example, a study published in the International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research in 2002 found that isothiocyanates can inhibit mitosis and stimulate apoptosis (cell death) in human tumour cells.

Another study published in Carcinogenesis in 2010 found that mustard seed powder rich in a particularly beneficial group of isothiocyanates called allyl isothiocyanates (AITC), can significantly inhibit the growth of bladder cancer.

These impressive results suggest that adding more mustard seeds to our diet could prevent or even treat the development of cancer.

Contains thyroid regulating selenium

A tablespoon of mustard seeds contains about 21% of the recommended daily allowance of selenium, an essential trace element.

In addition to being an antioxidant that helps scavenge disease-causing free radicals, selenium is also responsible for converting the sluggish thyroid hormone T4 into more active T3.

Indeed, selenium works with iodine to help maintain thyroid function.

Since a dysfunctional thyroid can wreak havoc in the body (including preventing us from losing weight), it is always important to consume foods high in selenium and iodine.

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Contains an anti-inflammatory compound: curcumin

Have you ever wondered why mustard and the seeds that make it up are usually yellow? That's because they're packed with curcuminoids, a group of fat-soluble pigments also found in turmeric, ginger, and other yellow-coloured herbs and spices.

Curcuminoids, the best known of which is curcumin, are antioxidants with notable cancer-fighting benefits.

However, they are also powerful anti-inflammatories.

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Good source of vitamins and minerals

Like most seeds, mustard seeds are a good source of various nutrients, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Two tablespoons provide us with 6% of our recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids, the beneficial polyunsaturated acids needed to build cell membranes in the brain.

Mustard seeds can be eaten raw, but their robust taste makes them particularly suitable for rich, cooked meals such as curries and rice dishes.

How to make your mustard

Here is a basic mustard recipe that can be adapted according to your tastes, by adding other herbs or spices.

Basic mustard recipe

1/2 cup (125 ml) mustard powder
1/2 cup (125ml) water
Sea salt as desired
Optional: fresh parsley, chopped
Optional: fresh basil, chopped
Optional: lemon or lime zest
Optional: 1-2 tablespoons vinegar of your choice
In a bowl, mix the mustard powder and water until you get a homogeneous mixture. Add parsley, basil, lemon or lime zest and/or vinegar, if desired. Let the mustard rest for 15 minutes before using it.

How to store seeds

It is important to store mustard seeds in a cool, dry place.

Keep them in airtight jars.

The pots must be completely dry.

Whole mustard seeds can be used for up to a year and floured or ground seeds can last up to six months.

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Mustard seed and 08 diseases it relieves: medicinal benefit

This condiment prepared from mustard seeds is also used for home remedies. Here are its health benefits.

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Mustard and its health benefits

Very rich in vitamin C, mustard is particularly indicated in the context of toning and depurative cures.

Mustard greens are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A participates in several functions of the body and promotes, among other things, the growth of bones and teeth. It helps keep the skin healthy and protects against infections.

Mustard contains antioxidants that reduce free radical damage in the body. It helps to fight against the appearance of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and other diseases related to the ageing of cells.

Mustard effectively fights against digestive disorders. Toning stimulates the work of the stomach and intestines.

In poultices, mustard fights diseases of the respiratory tract, decongests the bronchial tubes and relieves painful rheumatic conditions and headaches.

The mustard bath (half a pot of mustard in the bathwater) is excellent against cold snaps. It stimulates the whole body

Mustard cures the common cold

The poultice made from black mustard flour (also called Rigollot poultice) helps relieve winter respiratory conditions (colds, coughs, simple bronchitis). It stimulates local venous circulation and causes an influx of heat which promotes the decongestion of the airways.

To do this, you can buy mustard seeds and grind them to make flour or directly buy black mustard flour. In a bowl, mix black mustard powder with water to form a paste. Wrap the mixture in a cloth and place it at the level of the lungs, on the back of the thorax, for 5 to 10 minutes 1 to 2 times a day. Warning: the poultice is not suitable for young children or delicate or fragile skin.

Mustard promotes digestion

Mustard aids digestion. The condiment stimulates the production of gastric juice and saliva, the latter helps to fluidify the digestive system. Consumed during meals, mustard helps fight against constipation, but also aerophagia. On the other hand, it is better not to abuse mustard if you suffer from heartburn or ulcers.

Mustard is anticarcinogenic

Mustard is said to have anti-carcinogenic properties, like soursop, the fruit of the soursop tree. Mustard seeds contain allyl isothiocyanate (AITC). However, the latter "strongly inhibits bladder cancer", according to a study published in 2010 in the scientific journal Carcinogenesis. In addition, the AITC present in mustard seeds blocks carcinogenic compounds, present in certain processed meats.

Mustard is light and nutrient-dense

Mustard is low in fat: for 100 grams, it contains 66 calories and 4 grams of fat. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin A and C. Mustard can be combined with a diet as part of weight loss

Mustard relieves back pain

Mustard works effectively on muscle pain and joint stiffness. It is advisable to make a poultice with a tablespoon of mustard and 20 cl of warm water. Mix the dough. Wrap the mixture in gauze, and apply the treatment for ten minutes to the area to be treated, previously hydrated. If you feel any burning or irritation, remove it immediately

Mustard gives energy

Thanks to its vitamin C content, mustard helps strengthen its immune defence and promotes iron absorption. It contains vitamins B2, B6, and B9, but also calcium and magnesium. Nutrients are known to provide energy to the body.

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mustard warms

Mustard seed oil activates blood circulation and leads to an influx of heat throughout the body. By massaging his feet and hands with these few drops of oil, the body will warm up. Mustard is therefore a perfect ally to spend the winter warm. In the bath, it is also possible to pour a teaspoon of crushed mustard seeds.

Mustard relieves sore throat

This mustard remedy is a formidable grandmother's trick when you have an irritated throat. Mix a tablespoon of mustard, a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of honey and finally the juice of half a lemon and half a cup of boiling water. Leave to cool for 10 minutes. Then, gargle it

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Written and edited by DJIMA Rachidatou on 23/07/2022

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