Mustard oil is made from mustard seeds which may be coloured yellowish white to black.
They are three types black mustard, yellowish white mustard, brown mustard. It is used as a traditional cooking medium in Bengal, Bihar, Nepal and Orissa.
Types Of Oil
1.Fatty vegetable oil-result from pressing the seeds.
2.Essential oil-This type of oil is extracted from the seeds and mixed with water and distillation is done to extract the volatile oil
However ,cooking with this oil will result in a serious risk for children.
Nutritional Value Of Mustard Oil
Mustard plant is a native plant of Europe.It is predominantly made up of monounsaturated fatty acids. Mustard oil (100g) contains
59 g of monounsaturated fatty acids
11g of saturated fatty acids
21g of polyunsaturated fatty acids
1. To Maintain A Healthy Heart
Studies found that monounsaturated fatty acids actually reduce the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. It increases the HDL levels to prevent atherosclerosis.
It helps to regulate the blood flow and protect the body from hypertension. Mustard oil is a cholesterol free oil which is low in saturated fat and unsaturated fat and has ideal acids(Omega 6 to Omega 3) ratio and a high smoking point.
“Thus, it meets all the criteria to maintain a healthy heart “told Parmeet kaur, nutritionist, Columbia Asia hospital, Gurgaon.
” Olive oil which is five times costlier, does not have an ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 “said Umesh Varma, DGM of Puri oil mills limited. Additionally, olive oil is not the right choice for deep frying because of low smoking point.
WHO concludes that mustard oil meets the ideal acids ratio that is 1.25.
But recent research studies denotes that,the erucic acid present in large amounts will be a risk factor to develop anemia!
According to a celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, there was a myth attached to mustard oil that is totally unfit for the consumption in countries like USA, Canada and Europe.
Since it contains large amount of euricic acid and caused adverse effects on rats and it was banned. But later, research reveals that it has no impact on humans.
2. Good For Skin
Mustard oil contains vitamin E which is used to protect the skin from skin damage caused by UV rays and pollution. It is used as a natural cleanser to open skin pores by stimulating sweat glands. It is also used as a natural sunscreen.
By massaging mustard oil on face in a regular basis, it helps to reduce hyper pigmentation and improve complexion. Remember not to apply mustard oil in large amounts seens it attracts dust and pollution!
3. Solution For Hair Loss
4000 years ago, Ancient people of Rome and Greece use to massage their scalp with mustard oil to promote hair growth!
Applying mustard oil with henna is most effective! Mustard oil reverses bald head and stimulate new hair to grow. This massage invigorates your head and reduces the chances of headaches.
4. Any Kind Of Numbness?
Do you feel any numbness in your muscles? Massaging with mustard oil in the affected area will slowly gain sensation.
5. Is It A Effective Relief For Cold?
1.Add caraway seeds in boiling water and spoonful of mustard oil in the steam pot.
2.Inhale the steam slowy and it clears up the phlegm accumulation in the respiratory tract and improves respiration.
Another tip is,
It works more when it is combined with garlic and massaged in the chest and back.
6. Relief For Joint Stiffness
Mustard oil contains more amount of Omega 3 fatty acids which has anti-inflammatory properties which releives arthritis and joint stiffness.
8. Antibacterial And Antifungal Properties
Yes! You read that right. Research studies show that mustard oil has antibacterial activity against E coli. The glucosinolate present in mustard oil prevents the growth of microbes and bacteria.
Mustard oil contains antifungal properties. It contains a compound called allyl isothiocyanate which is proved to be effective against fungal infections. It can treat skin rashes and infections caused by fungi.
9. Used As A Repellent
Having a good fragrance, it acts as a repellents too! Worried about mosquitoes?
Apply mustard oil on your exposed area and watch how aedes mosquitoes stay away from you. Mustard oil provides protection for a longer time as compared to coconut oil.
10. Boosts The Brain
The fatty acids present in mustard oil helps to boosts the brain. It improves the cognitive functions while treating depression.
11. Grows Beard
Yes! What you should do is?
1.Fill up a BLUE glass bottle with mustard oil and let it under the sun for 40 days, during early morning.
2.Then,start massaging the chin and upper lip with this oil for the hair to grow.
Word Of Caution
- Since mustard oil contains high amount of euricic acid, it develops anaemia.
- It can cause vaginal bleeding and it’s unsafe for pregnancy.
- Consuming large quantities of mustard oil results in lung cancer.
ANY TYPE OF OIL SHOULD BE TAKEN IN MODERATION!
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