Did you know that consuming mustard seed is a way to protect yourself against various types of chronic diseases, cardiovascular problems and even help you lose those uncomfortable extra pounds?
Yes, and this is because this little grain is rich in several phytochemicals important for the maintenance of human health, such as antioxidants and fatty acids.
Do you know what is better? This seed is cheap, easy to find, and can be used as a condiment or to make tea. Know more about her.
Health Benefits of Mustard Seed
Mustard seeds are a source of fats, especially fatty acids, and carbohydrates.
The lipid-rich composition, however, makes it very caloric , having about 500 calories for every 100 gram serving. ( 1 )
Acts against chronic diseases
The grain contributes to the prevention of several types of chronic and inflammatory diseases thanks to the presence of antioxidants , substances that prevent the action of free radicals.
Understand better ! Radicals are unstable molecules produced during the degradation of any substance. But they also “stick” on healthy parts and damage them.
Contributes to weight loss
Yes, mustard seed can help to get rid of those pounds and for two very simple reasons.
The first is that it is capable of changing the way the body uses lipids, favoring the burning and disposal of fat that would otherwise be accumulated in the tissues.
The second reason is derived from its anxiolytic effect , resulting from the presence of the amino acid tryptophan, which stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, and reduces anxiety, stress and improves sleep quality. Consequently, decreasing the compulsion to eat and the accumulation of fat. ( 2 )
Good for eye health
The seed, especially the Golden variety, is rich in carotenoids, natural pigments which give the vibrant yellow color and are precursors of vitamin A .
As a result, frequent consumption of this condiment can help maintain the levels of this vitamin and prevent the main complications that its deficiency causes, such as xerophthalmia (dry eye disease) and night blindness. ( 3 )
protect the heart
Consuming mustard seeds is still a natural and pleasant way to protect the heart. The antioxidants and fatty acids that compose it, act by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood .
In addition to having vasodilating properties that contribute to blood pressure control . ( 4 )
The seeds can even prevent the damage that accumulation and oxidation (degradation) of fat causes to heart cells. ( 5 )
Thus, its use reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases that can have serious consequences for health.
Mustard seed has a powerful antibacterial action capable of preventing the fixation and proliferation of microorganisms.
Isothiocyanate, a substance present in the grain, acts against the multiplication of various types of bacteria that cause respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases , as well as some types of fungi that are harmful to the body. ( 2 )
Controls blood glucose
The tea made with mustard seeds can help control blood glucose levels in people who suffer from diabetes mellitus, a disease that affects the way the body processes the sugar ingested in the diet.
This action happens because phytochemicals found in the seed stimulate the pancreas to release insulin, a type of hormone that metabolizes sugar.
At the same time, the condiment lowers hormone resistance. Because of this, the body is able to use it better, which provides a considerable reduction in blood glucose . ( 6 )
Drinking a cup of mustard infusion is a very effective way to end indigestion , as the components inside the seeds are able to stimulate the production of stomach acids.
Because of this, the stomach is able to digest food in less time. The result is a reduction in the feeling of bloating , discomfort and stomach gas .
How to make and drink tea?
Mustard seed tea is super easy and is ready in 10 minutes.
All you will need is ½ teaspoon of the grain, which can be the golden or brown variety, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1 small stick and 1 cup of filtered water.
Bring everything to a boil for 10 minutes, then strain and it’s ready. Drink slowly without adding sugar.
Another form of use is in food, which can be crushed and used in the preparation of sauces or as a seasoning for meat.
Are there any contraindications?
We did not find any contraindication for the consumption of mustard seed in the form of tea or in food. Therefore, it is possible to say that it can be used by anyone.
It is necessary, however, to avoid excesses as it can cause stomach irritation. Do not drink more than two cups of tea a day. ( 4 )
Pregnant and lactating women should seek medical advice before starting to drink the tea or choose to use the grain in their diet.
Where to find mustard seeds
Feel like trying this home remedy? So know that the seeds are easily found in open markets, markets or natural food stores throughout Brazil.
TIP ! Choose to buy the seeds whole, as they quickly lose their therapeutic properties after being ground.