A spice as ancient as the Pharaohs and the Ayurveda is muscling its way into
modern medicine. Find out why...
Mustard is member of the brassica cruciferae family, which includes broccoli,
brussels sprouts, turnips, cabbage and watercress. Used as a vegetable,
condiment, spice and, at one time, medicine (dried-mustard plaster mixtures were
used to alleviate chest congestion). Mustard seeds can be traced to different
areas of Europe and Asia with the white variety originating in the eastern
Mediterranean regions, the brown from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains,
and the black from the Middle East.
asthma and pneumonia are treated by applying a black mustard flour
poultice on the chest area. It is maintained as long as the burning
sensation is not strong, it is then removed and the area is to be covered
with a warm material.
Counting Health Benefits:
The unique healing properties of mustard seeds can partly be attributed to
their home among the Brassica foods.
Like other Brassicas, mustard seeds contain plentiful amounts of
phytonutrients called glucosinolates. The myrosinase enzymes present in
the seeds (which gives mustard its heat, spicy aromatic taste, and fragrance)
can break apart the glucosinolates into other phytonutrients called
isothiocyanates. The isothiocyanates in mustard seed (and other Brassicas like
broccoli, cauliflower) have been repeatedly studies for their anti-cancer
effects. In animal studies - and particularly in studies involving the
gastrointestinal tract and
colorectal cancer – intake of isothiocyanates has been shown to inhibit
growth of existing cancer cells and to be protective against the formation of
Mustard seeds are an excellent source of selenium, a nutrient which
has been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the
symptoms of rheumatoid
arthritis, and help
Mustard is known to be very helpful for
digestion, and can
help to speed up your
Stimulates digestion, by increasing saliva as much as eight times more than
The seeds also qualify as a very good source of magnesium. Like selenium,
magnesium has been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, to lower
high blood pressure, to restore normal
sleep pattern. In women
having difficulty with the symptoms of
to reduce the frequency of
attacks, and to prevent heart attack in patients suffering from
atherosclerosis or diabetic
Asian varieties have the strength to clear the sinuses.
Mustard flour sprinkled in your socks is said to save your toes from
frostbite, a claim which is also made about cayenne pepper and other spices
containing volatile oils.
The lack of food
can be alleviated through consuming black mustard seeds dissolved into a glass
of milk, administered 15 minutes before a meal.
Alternative medicine practitioners believe that
Sleeping on mustard seeds is beneficial, that they offer a bioenergetics.
Mustard seeds can relieve
joint pain, muscle
Mustard has therapeutic uses in treating for anxiety,
Mustard seeds contains goitrogens, naturally-occurring
substances in certain foods that can interfere with the functioning of the
thyroid gland. Individuals with already existing and untreated
thyroid problems may want to avoid mustard seeds for this reason.
Cooking may help to inactivate the goitrogenic compounds found in mustard
How to enjoy
Mustard seeds or mustard powder can be used as a condiment in a variety of
dishes. The seeds can be used as is or can be roasted in a skillet.
While dried mustard powder does not have a very strong quality, mixing it with
water initiates as enzymatic process that enhance its fragrance, pungency and
heat. To moderate its sharp flavour, you can either add some very hot water or
an acidic substance such as vinegar, either of which will stop the enzymatic
Mustard has the ability to bring oil and water together in hollandaise,
mayonnaise and vinaigrette.
You can easily make your own mustard condiment by first macerating the seeds in
wine, vinegar or water. Grind them into a smooth paste, adding
herbs and spices
paprika or any others that you
prefer to give your homemade mustard its own unique flavour and taste.
Dredge chicken breast in prepared mustard and whole mustard seeds and
Add some Dijon mustard to your favorite vinaigrette dressing.
Make a delicious cold millet
combining the cooked and cooled grain with chopped scallions, baked tofu cubes,
garden peas and mustard seeds. Dress with lemon juice and olive oil.
Marinate fish fillets in a combination of Dijon mustard and white wine.
Combine prepared mustard with honey and the seasonings of your choice to make
a pungently sweet dipping sauce.
Add a collage of taste and colour to rice by sprinkling some sputtered brown,
black and white mustard seeds on top.
2 tsp (10 gms) of Mustard seeds provides:
Calories 325.04 Kcal
Selenium 9.96 mcg
Magnesium 22.28 mg
Dietary Fibre 1.08 g
Omega 3 fatty acids 0.20 g
Vitamin B3 (niacin) 0.60 mg
Calcium 38.92 mg
Protein 1.88 g
Zinc 0.44 mg