8 Medicinal Benefits of Mustard You Never Knew About

Not only is mustard an incredibly diverse condiment that’s delicious in countless dishes and preparations, but it’s also full of healthful compounds that can alleviate and prevent many ailments. Now the Liss Ellas mustard from the Sweden Box tastes that much more delicious!

Mustard Seeds
Caraway (left) and mustard seeds © Pixabay

1. Soothes insect bites and stings 

Mustard seeds are an excellent source of selenium, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and reduce itchiness. Simply spread mustard (or mustard powder mixed with water) onto irritated skin and lightly wrap the area with a bandage.

2. Lowers blood pressure

Mustard contains high levels of magnesium, which has been shown to help control blood pressure levels. The condiment can thus be a delicious way to keep blood pressure in check!

3. Reduces stiffness

Mustard seeds are considered to be (along with other spicy foods) “warming herbs” because they boost circulation and bring blood to the surface of the skin, acting as a sort of radiator for the body. This warming effect can alleviate tension and pain in sore joints and mussels.

4. Prevents epilepsy

The antioxidant properties of mustard seeds can help reduce the severity and frequency of seizures.

5. Alleviates digestive issues

The phytonutrients in mustard seeds can help create a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Plus, eating spicy mustard activates the salivary glands, creating more saliva which eases digestion.

6. Lowers cholesterol

Mustard can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and relieve hypertension thanks to its high levels of niacin and Vitamin B3.

7. Reduces asthma

Thanks to their high content of selenium and magnesium, mustard seeds can help reduce the severity of asthma and the frequency of attacks.

8. Promotes respiratory health

The magnesium contained in mustard can not only help prevent heart attacks and migraines, but it can also aid chest congestion and build the body’s immunity. It’s a superfood all in one!

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