In 2015, the Global Burden of Disease report pointed out that Hypertension causes more than 1,600,000 deaths every year in India. This disturbing finding compelled the Indian Council of Medical Research to conduct a study of its own in 2016. The results were as scary; they indicated that 34 percent of the urban population in India suffered from Hypertension – the Silent Killer lurking in our midst.
However, the good news is that in India we already have an ancient, time-tested weapon to fight Hypertension – a weapon known as Mustard Oil. Mustard Oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and Omega-3 fats, both of which play a key role in lowering the risk of hypertension and heart disease.
In fact, research indicates that a balanced diet incorporating Mustard Oil, mustard seeds and mustard greens is highly effective in controlling blood pressure and fighting Hypertension. A study in the highly respected medical journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology published by the American Heart Association indicated that mustard-infused treatments (and diets) led to significant reduction in the risk levels pertaining to Hypertension.
The American Heart Association points out that just one tablespoon of Mustard Oil in your daily diet can lower your blood pressure and control cholesterol levels. Mustard Oil is also an integral part of the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Well, the Americans have only just begun to discover the power of Mustard Oil in the battle against Hypertension but we Indians have known about this for centuries. Come on, India – let’s go back to Mustard Oil… and defeat Hypertension!