Mustard oil is known for its strong flavor, pungent aroma, and high smoke point. Extracted from the seeds of the mustard plant, the oil is often used for sautéing and stir-frying vegetables in many parts of the world. It has been found to possess numerous health benefits due to its richness in monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other minerals as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Continue reading to know more about the benefits it can offer us.
Helps In Reducing Cough And Cold
Traditionally, mustard oil has been used to soothe a cough, cold, and other respiratory illnesses.
To clear out respiratory congestion, it is recommended to inhale steam with mustard oil. To experience relief from cough and cold, we can make a concoction by heating mustard oil, a few cloves of, garlic and carom seeds, and then massage it on the feet and chest.
Has Antibacterial Properties
The oil may act as an antibacterial agent when used both internally and externally. Internally, it fights with bacterial infections in the colon, intestines, and other parts of the digestive tract. When applied topically, it fights both bacterial and fungal infections of the skin.
May Ease Joint Pains And Arthritis
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in mustard oil in large amounts. These healthy fats possess anti-inflammatory effects that may help ease joint stiffness and pain associated with arthritis.
Regularly massaging mustard oil on the skin may potentially increase blood flow and circulation throughout the body. These effects are beneficial in treating joint aches and arthritis.
May Help Treat Rashes And Infections
Having powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil may be beneficial in treating skin infection, rashes, and allergies as well as protecting and preventing the skin from drying and itching.
May Have Cardioprotective Effects
Mustard oil is considered a healthy choice for people with cardiovascular disorders. It contains high amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFA and PUFA) and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that can lower our risk of developing ischemic heart disease by 50%. It also helps by lowering triglycerides, blood pressure, and inflammation.
May Aid In Weight Loss
Mustard oil contains certain B-complex vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin. These vitamins may help increase our metabolism and help us in losing weight. What’s more? The oil also contains diacylglycerol that may contribute to weight loss.