Read how the anti-cancer effect of mustard seeds can benefit your health
I started a detox diet approximately 2 weeks ago and ate 60% fruit and 40% vegetables for the first week. In the second week I started craving hot food. Not hot as in temperature, but hot as in spicy. So I added lots of ground black pepper to my salads and vegetable stews which I enjoyed very much. However, the craving continued and didn’t abate until I started adding wholegrain mustard seed. I was putting it in everything I possibly could, when I thought…is this good for me?
So I started to research and to my surprise I discovered that it has an anti-cancer effect. Especially good for the gastrointestinal tract. Strange enough, the reason why I began the detox was because my stomach was hurting and my digestive processes had practically ceased. Now after my second week of the same diet but with wholegrain mustard seeds included, I’m feeling much better. Strange how the body tells you what it needs if you listen.
The history of the humble mustard seed goes back as far as the early Greeks and Romans
Mustard seeds can be traced to different areas of Europe and Asia with the white variety originating in the eastern Mediterranean regions, the brown from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, and the black from the Middle East. The White (pale yellow) being the mildest and the black, the most pungent.
They knew all about its healing properties because they used mustard seeds for medicinal purposes. Apparently, the mustard plant, like broccoli, radish and cabbage, belongs to the brassica family. A group of vegetables that contain health-promoting glucosinolates. Then myrosinase enzymes in the seeds break these down into isothiocyanates.
It is these compounds that give mustard its eye-watering pungency. Many studies now suggest that they also seem to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, most notably in the gastrointestinal tract and colon. Mustard seeds, Brassica juncea, are also an excellent source of selenium, a trace element that is also thought to have an anti-cancer effect. A lot of soils are generally low in selenium so eating mustard, and mustard seeds, can help boost your selenium level.
List of possible health properties:
- Protects you from gastrointestinal cancer: Packed with phytonutrients, mustard seeds are a great way to prevent and slow the progress of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract and colon. Studies have shown that mustard seeds have properties that can restrict the growth of already present cancer cells and prevent the formation of new cancers. Used as part of a protocol, this could be one of the foods that help you get well.
- Improves immunity: Mustard has a large number of elemental minerals like iron, manganese, copper etc., it helps improve the body’s ability to fight disease. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids and B1.
- Reduces severity of asthma: Mustard contains selenium which has an anti-cancer effect, but has also been shown to reduce the severity of asthma. At the same time it can also decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Restores normal sleep patterns: The seeds contain magnesium which helps with asthma, restful sleep, migraine attacks and lowers blood pressure.
Have you seen the Worldwide Cancer Resources page
Some links to recipes with mustard: