Mustard oil holds a special place in a Bengali kitchen. It imparts a distinct taste to dishes and makes it more aromatic and delicious. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, Mustard oil is pungent oil extracted from mustard se. It was considered harmful for human consumption in many countries including Canada and the US due to the presence of erucic acid, which had a negative effect on rats. It was later proved that rats do not properly digest vegetable oil. Now, it is popular for its taste and is used in many dishes. The oil is packed with unsaturated and non-saturated fats and is good for your heart. Here are some more reasons to include in your diet.
1. It has anti-microbial properties
Mustard oil stimulates your digestive system to produce more digestive juices and improves digestion. It also stimulates the release of bile and improves the food movement through the digestive system. You can also use mustard oil to massage your body. This will improve the blood circulation and lower your body temperature.
Mustard oil is an excellent home remedy for brittle nails. All you have to do is apply some mustard oil on your nails and massage lightly. The oil is absorbed easily by the skin. Your nail will become stronger with regular use. You can also treat cracked heels with mustard oil. You will have to make a paste using equal parts of mustard oil and paraffin wax. Apply this paste on the crack and sleep with a sock. DO this for a week and you will definitely see an improvement.
4. It is good for your heart
Mustard oil is rich in omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acid along with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. It helps in lowering the level of bad cholesterol and increase the level of good cholesterol in your body.
5. It treats cold and cough
You can use mustard oil to treat common cold and cough. It will help clear the congestion in your chest. Take a teaspoon of mustard oil and rub it on your chest or take mustard oil steam before you hit the bed to get relief from cough and cold.