Health Benefits Of Having Mustard Oil

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Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:02 [IST]

Most of us must be shocked at the idea that mustard oil can have health benefits. One thing is for sure, mustard oil is out of favour with modern dieticians and nutritionists. However, this traditional cooking oil has been used for ages. Have you ever wondered why our grandmothers did not have heart attacks at 40? Even when they never cooked with heart healthy oils like olive oil.

This is because traditional cooking oils like coconut and mustard oil have their own set of health benefits. Today, mustard oil might not be recommended to you as 'healthy'. However, that does not undermine the health benefits of mustard oil.

Here are some surprising health benefits of mustard oil that you may not know about.

Health Benefits Of Having Mustard Oil

Increases Appetite

It is believed that mustard oil helps to increase your appetite by stimulating the gastric juices in your stomach. A healthy appetite is a sign of good health.

Good For Cough And Cold

Mustard oil is extremely beneficial for people who are prone to cough and cold. If you apply mustard oil to your chest or inhale its strong aroma, it helps remove phlegm from your respiratory tract.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Mustard oil is very good for people who have chronic bowel problems like irritable bowel syndrome. It helps to reduce the inflammation in the lining of the stomach.

Best Sunscreen

Mustard oil has a thick constituency. That is why, when you apply it on your skin, it can protects you against the harsh UV rays of the sun. This is an effective protection against skin cancer.

Helps Speed Up Digestion

Mustard oils is easier to digest than most other oils. It stimulated the production of digestive enzymes and thus, the food gets digested quicker and better.

Balances Cholesterol Levels

Although it is not counted among heart healthy oils, one of the main health benefits of mustard oil is that it maintains the cholesterol balance in the body. It removes bad cholesterol and helps the heart to absorb bad cholesterol.

Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal Properties

If you have an eternal allergy or rash on your body, then mustard oils one of the best cures for it. Its anti-bacterial and fungal properties makes it a great medication for skin infections.

Pain Reliever

People who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis hold mustard oil as an elixir of life. A massage with mustard oil helps reduce joint and muscle pain to a great extent.

These are some of the best known health benefits of mustard oil. Do you use this cooking oil regularly?

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Story first published:  Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:02 [IST]
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