Believe it or not, mustard is not just a common condiment that makes your food tastier, it actually improves your health. Mustard is made from the seed of the mustard plant. Mustard is one of the worlds most ancient spices. Long before us, mustard was considered a healing agent rather than a food. Hippocrates used mustard seed for all kinds of ailments. The making of mustard was perfected by the French. By the 9th century mustard was being made by French monks who brought in significant income from mustard preparations.
Mustard not only stimulates the appetite (increasing the production of saliva by up to 8 times), it also promotes digestion. Mustard is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and slightly laxative agent. Small quantities of mustard can neutralize toxins and helps with indigestion. Mustard can be considered a nutritional superstar.
One teaspoon of white mustard seed contains 84.2mg of omega-6 fatty acids, 87.1mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 22.2mg of potassium, 9.7mg of magnesium,27.3mg of phosphorous, and 16.9 mg of calcium.
Mustard seeds contain curcuminoids. They are antioxidants that possess notable anti-cancer benefits and are potent anti-inflammatories. A study, published in Alternative Medicine Review in 2009 found that curcumin can ease the pain associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
How to Make Mustard to fight cancer, treat inflammatory conditions and more
- 1/3 cup mustard seeds (where to find)
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover, and let stand for 2-3 days.
2. Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of water if the mustard is too thick.
Storage: The mustard will keep for up to 6 months refrigerated, although its best if used within one month.
Article originally posted on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission