Useful properties of mustard oil
Mustard oil has a characteristic odor, so many people prefer to bypass it. And this is wrong, because such a product is very useful and nutritious, and it can not only be eaten, but also used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
What is this product?
Mustard oil is obtained from mustard seeds in two main ways: extraction and pressing. In the first case, the seeds are crushed, then immersed in a solvent, into which all the oil components are transferred. When pressing the raw material is pressed, that is, in other words, is pressed.
As for the history of the appearance of such oil, mustard as a culture has been used since ancient times, and its use was described by Pythagoras, Hippocrates and other scientists. The first mention of oil in Russia appeared at the end of the XVIII century, and the work contained information about the preparation of the product and its benefits. The most fragrant and tasty is the butter from Serupta mustard, the production of which was launched at the beginning of the XIX century.
Mustard oil is surprisingly nutritious and contains a lot of various substances: essential acids (such as linolenic, oleic, linoleic, and others), including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, phytoncides, chlorophyll, glycosides, and vitamins E , K, D, A and group B.
The beneficial properties of mustard oil are so numerous that it is very difficult to list everything. But some are worth considering:
- Vitamin E, in large quantities contained in such a product, is a powerful natural antioxidant that neutralizes the destructive activity of free radicals. Due to this effect, the risks of cancer development are minimized and premature aging and oxidation of tissues stop. In addition, tocopherol has a positive effect on the functioning of the female reproductive system, and also significantly improves the condition of the skin.
- This oil normalizes the work of the liver and prevents its fatty infiltration, that is, the penetration of fat cells into the structure of this organ.
- B vitamins take the most active and direct part in most of the metabolic processes occurring in the body, and also have a positive effect on the work of the central nervous system.
- Since it contains vitamin K, known for its antihemorrhagic properties, with regular use of the product it is possible to normalize blood clotting and reduce the risk of hemorrhage.
- Regular and moderate consumption of mustard oil reduces the level of so-called "bad" cholesterol.
- The product has pronounced anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties.
- Local irritant effects can accelerate blood circulation and improve the blood supply to the tissues, which helps to eliminate the pain syndrome in various joint diseases.
- It is believed that the product has a helminthic effect.
- Vitamin D helps calcium to be properly absorbed and maintains its normal concentration in the body.
- Oil cleans the bile ducts and contributes to the dissolution of gallstones.
- The product will help to restore strength after intense loads, as well as strengthen the immune system after past illness.
Can it hurt?
The harm of mustard oil is practically impossible if the measure of consumption is observed.Thus, a healthy person is recommended to eat no more than three or four tablespoons of the product per day. In addition, it is worth noting that this oil is quite a strong allergen, so it can cause undesirable reactions, especially skin, when applied externally.
There is evidence that mustard oil contains erucic acid, which can provoke some pathological changes in the functioning and structure of the heart muscle, as well as contribute to the blockage of blood vessels and the development of diseases such as thrombosis and atherosclerosis. Such effects are likely only with a high content of this component in excess of 5%.
But this number is not exceeded, as it is legally restricted by the European Union. In addition, the effect of erucic acid on the human body has not been proven and is controversial, and no cases of myocardial infarction due to this component have been reported. In general, you should not be afraid.
And yet there are some contraindications. These include exacerbations of dermatological diseases (oil can cause burns of thinned skin), duodenal or gastric ulcers, gastritis in the acute stage, and enterocolitis.
How to apply?
Mustard oil has been widely used, and in various fields. And it is worth dwelling on each one in more detail.
Mustard oil can and even should be used in cooking: it gives all dishes a special bright aroma, for which many appreciate this product. First of all, it is an excellent dressing for vegetable salads, emphasizing the freshness and natural taste of the ingredients. But it is also quite possible to fry in mustard oil, and, unlike some other species, it does not taste bitter at all and does not change the taste of products, but, on the contrary, interestingly complements it.
The product can be added to pastries, and it manifests itself especially brightly in bread. If you decide to bake meat or fish, then pre-coat the ingredient with oil, which will become a kind of useful marinade.
Tip: if you like the characteristic smell of mustard oil, then use unrefined. And refined has a softer and less pronounced aroma.
Mustard oil is actively used for cosmetic purposes, and it is useful for hair, skin and even nails.
Several recipes based on this oil:
- A face mask based on this component will help to moisturize the skin, as well as ensure its nutrition and even smooth fine wrinkles. You just need to apply the oil on the face, leave for half an hour, then wash with warm water. In this mask, you can add other oils (olive, almond) and other components, for example, honey, banana, sour cream.
- This product is also useful for hair growth, and it can be simply rubbed into the scalp: local irritant effects will increase blood flow to the hair follicles and start their active work. The mask is aged for an hour and washed off. And to get rid of falling out faster, mix mustard oil with burdock.
- If you have brittle or exfoliating nails, then either daily rub oil into plates in the evening, or arrange warm oil baths, adding liquid soluble vitamins, for example, E, A.
Treatment and prevention of diseases
Mustard oil has long and fairly successfully used in folk medicine. Here are some ways:
- When sinusitis or sinusitis can be lubricated with oil nasal sinuses, as well as the wings of the nose and nose. Such procedures will help eliminate mucosal inflammation and improve their blood supply, as well as get rid of congestion and gently cleanse the nose.
- For pains arising from arthritis, rheumatism and arthrosis, as well as after bruises, you can lubricate the inflammatory foci with oil. Before use, the tool is recommended to heat up to 40-45 degrees, this will increase the effect and help to quickly get rid of unpleasant sensations, as well as restore joint mobility.
- Oil can be rubbed into the upper chest with colds and respiratory diseases (it is similar in effect to the mustard plasters known to all). Apply the product with massage movements, avoiding the heart area, and then put on a warm thing or wrap yourself in a blanket and go to bed.
- To improve sleep and restore the nervous system, lubricate your temples and feet with mustard oil daily before bedtime, adding essential oils of lavender, incense, ylang-ylang or rose.
If you still avoided the mustard oil side and did not use it, then it is time to change your attitude to this product. It is very useful and will help not only become more beautiful, but also improve health.
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