Mustard was first grown in India around 3000 BC and is better known for its medicinal values. Mustard oil is extracted from its seeds and has been used in cooking for centuries.
This oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It is also packed with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other minerals that offer numerous health benefit.
The health benefits of mustard oil are multiple. It is known to help treat ailments related to the heart, skin, joints, muscles, among having other benefits. Following are some of the well-known benefits of this wonder oil:
1. May aid weight Loss
Mustard oil contains certain B-complex vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin. These may help increase body metabolism and help in losing weight. The oil also contains diacylglycerol that may contribute to weight loss.
2. May boost brain function
The high concentration of fatty acids in mustard oil may boost brain function, though there is no concrete research in this area. Some believe the oil may also boost memory and improve cognitive functions.
3. May stimulate sensation in the muscles
If you are experiencing numbness in your muscles, mustard oil may help. Massage some of the oil on the affected area and you may slowly experience some sensation in your muscles. However, this information is purely based on anecdotal evidence.
4. May help heal chapped lips
It is believed that applying the oil to chapped lips may heal them. Some also believe that adding a few drops of the oil to the belly button before sleeping may help heal chapped lips.
5. May treat rashes and infections
Mustard oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. The oil may help heal skin rashes, allergies, and infections. It may also prevent skin dryness and itching.
6. May have anti-aging effects
Mustard oil contains vitamin E. This vitamin may help reduce wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
7. May prevent premature hair graying
Mustard oil is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that may help prevent premature hair graying. You may use the oil before going to bed or in the morning. Apply mustard oil to your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off.
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