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Mustard: A symbol of faith that’s jam-packed with health benefits

Mustard seed, mustard powder
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Mustard seed is a very popular ingredient in the American cuisine.

The seeds come from various mustard plants and contain an enzyme called myrosinase, which only creates the hot and spicy flavor when it comes into contact with liquids.

Myrosinase, an extremely potent cancer-fighting agent, is one of many health benefits of mustard.

Modern research has shown that myrosinase can significantly reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Other foods that have an abundance of myrosinase include Broccoli, horseradish, and wasabi.

However, myrosinase is destroyed in broccoli when overcooked.

To preserve myrosinase, steam your broccoli for two to four minutes to protect both the enzyme and the vegetable’s nutrients, or just eat it raw.

Mustard is also highly effective for a wide range of problems such as:

  • Rheumatic Arthritis
  • Blood Pressure and Menopausal Relief
  • Asthma
  • Migraines

Wild mustard weed

Yes, the plants are edible.

mustard plant
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Wild mustard grow everywhere and are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! You can eat the seeds, the leaves, flowers, seed pods and roots.

It’s best to eat the flowering tops just before they open. Wash them well and cook them like broccoli. They can also be used like spinach in any recipe.

They are full of calcium, fiber, zinc, vitamins, and beta-carotene.

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Mustard seed oil

Mustard oil, which is loaded with all these vitamins and minerals, can help stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp.

The oil can also improve skin health thanks to its high levels of vitamin E.

To use it on your skin, lightly massage the oil in circles and wait for 10 minutes. Then gently wipe with a cotton cloth and wash your face.

You can also use the oil as a sunscreen. Massage a small quantity into your skin before you step outdoors. The high amount of vitamin E in this oil will protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

The combination of mustard oil and Turmeric is also very effective at reducing white patches. Simply take about 250 ml of mustard oil (organic) and mix it together with about 5 full teaspoons of turmeric powder.

Gently apply the mixture to all the affected areas.

The home remedy is claimed to stimulate repigmentation in vitiligo lesions, a skin colour disorder that affected pop legend, Michael Jackson.

turmeric and mustard oil for skin colour
Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition.

Mustard side effects

Not only do you have to be careful about how much you eat, you also need to watch what type of mustard you buy.

Why? Because of the sodium content!

Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily amount of sodium. High sodium intake increases blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease.

Sodium content varies widely among varieties. A teaspoon of plain yellow mustard has only about 55 mg sodium while the Dijon brand contains 120 mg.

Lots of brands also add sugar so read the nutrition labels carefully!

Or you can just buy organic brands that don’t use all these problematic food additives.

Remember, the more whole, natural foods you eat, the better off you will be.

Mustard seed parable

faith like a mustard seed
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The Bible tells us that faith, small like the size of a mustard seed, can move mountains. What is the meaning of this saying?

Jesus is saying something powerful here.

The smallest bit of faith, when it is true faith from God (Faith with pure belief without a doubt), will stay firmly rooted and grow into something bigger.

Even the smallest amount of true faith in Jesus is all we need to get started. Faith doesn’t die small, it gets bigger and bigger.

Today, there are quite a number of people who wear a mustard seed necklace. It’s a symbol of faith in Christianity and is also known to signify good luck in the secular community.