Health benefit – The Humble Mustard Seed

Health benefit – The Humble Mustard Seed

The mustard plant is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli.mustard seed

Of the 40 varieties of mustard plants, only the black, white and brown varieties are used to make mustard seeds, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods. Mustard seeds can be consumed whole or in a powdered form that is used as a spice.

Mustard seeds yield several medicinal benefits, as they are rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and niacin.
Cancer Prevention
Consuming cruciferous vegetables may reduce the occurrence of some forms of cancer, according to a report in “The Journal of Nutrition” by researchers from the University of Minnesota Cancer Center.

When cruciferous vegetables are chewed up and eaten, the vegetables release substances called isothiocyanates.

The research revealed the consumption of isothiocyanates inhibited the occurrence of lung cancer in humans.

Isothiocyanates have also exhibited protective properties against gastrointestinal tract and colorectal cancers.
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Consuming mustard seeds may have anti-inflammatory benefits, which aid in the treatment of several medical conditions, notes Natural Food Benefits.com. Mustard seeds are rich in the mineral selenium.

Selenium inhibits the action of lipid compounds called prostaglandins that promote inflammation throughout the body.

The anti-inflammatory properties of mustard seeds, due to the presence of selenium, are beneficial in treating medical conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Increases Metabolism
Mustard seeds may have a positive effect on the body’s metabolic rate, according to the “Nutrition Almanac,” by John D. Kirschmann.

When consumed, mustard seeds boost the body’s metabolic rate, which enables the body to burn calories more efficiently, thereby promoting weight loss.

The addition of 3/5 tsp. of mustard seeds to a daily diet may increase the body’s metabolic rate by 25 percent, which is comparable to burning an extra 45 calories an hour. excerpts from livestrong.com

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It’s all about energy – energy in, energy out.

Lifestyle, age and genetics all play a part in determining our metabolic rate.

A low metabolic rate helps the body to conserve energy supplies but unless those supplies are expended, weight gain may occur.

Whether your metabolic rate is slower due to genetics or age you may find it harder to control your weight in the long term.

The most effective strategy to increase your metabolic weight is a daily dose of moderate exercise – just enough to increase your heart rate and make you out of breath.

This won’t just burn up extra calories but can keep your metabolism revved up for some hours afterwards, as the muscles burn calories to repair themselves.

Your diet is an important aspect of a healthy exercise programme.

It’s not simply about counting calories but also about making sure you have the right nutrients to support an exercise programme as well as a mental commitment to that routine.

Thermogenesis is the term used to describe the process of heat production in organisms – and supports calorie expenditure.

Most commonly it takes place during and immediately after exercise and also manifests itself as shivering where the body is actually maintaining its core temperature by burning additional calories.

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