British cuisine isn’t exactly famed for its use of herbs and spices, but mustard at least is popular here in the UK. These powerful-tasting yellow seeds have been believed to have medicinal properties for thousands of years, the earliest records dating to ancient China where they were believed to have a powerful aphrodisiac effect.
Research has discovered many helpful substances in mustard. Vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, and folic acid can all be found in mustard seeds. They are rich in dietary fibre and a good resource for many bioactive elements like antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
There has also been a lot of research into the power of mustard as a bacteria killer. Sinigrin, found in mustard seeds, is largely responsible for the condiment’s distinctively sharp flavour. Mustard seeds produce allyl isothiocyanate, a chemical that is broken down during digestion from the molecule sinigrin (AITC). Antibacterial studies have revealed that AITC is effective against many different types of bacteria.
Singrin is also an antioxidant. Nitric oxide (NO) is commonly believed to contribute to the generation of free radicals in the human body, and recent studies have revealed that sinigrin’s antioxidant activity can help curb its production. This effect on NO may also explain the anti-cancer properties that mustard seed has shown in preliminary studies.
Mustard seeds also contain Phenolic compounds, which also have an antioxidant effect, reacting with dangerous oxygen molecules and preventing them from damaging our cells. In today’s world, where we are constantly bombarded by toxins from our environment and food, consuming antioxidants is very important to stay healthy.
Mustard seeds can even reduce glucose levels in the blood. Blood sugar levels in persons with type 2 diabetes may be lowered by taking mustard seed extracts in addition to their usual treatment, according to research conducted in the Philippines.
- BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION
- CIRCULATORY HEALTH
- GUT & DIGESTIVE HEALTH