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Mustard Oil: A Digestive Health Powerhouse

Updated: Jun 3

Mustard Oil: A Digestive Health Powerhouse
Mustard Oil: A Digestive Health Powerhouse

Some of the most useful health benefits offered by cold-pressed Mustard Oil stem from the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of this oil. Since Mustard Oil is consumed mainly as part of one’s daily diet, one of the most significant benefits lies in the oil’s ability to keep the gastrointestinal (GI) tract healthy. Several research studies have shown that the regular consumption of Mustard Oil tones and enhances the functioning of the entire digestive system.  

A daily intake of Mustard Oil also ensures relief from common GI tract problems like indigestion, constipation, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome. Mustard Oil stimulates the secretion of gastric juices in the intestines. This not only builds up a healthy appetite but it also ensures more effective digestion of food. In addition to stimulating the production of gastric juices, Mustard Oil is also proven to stimulate the liver and the spleen, thereby increasing the secretion of digestive enzymes by these organs. This boosts the body’s metabolism and increases the speed and efficacy of digestion.

According to the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, there is evidence to suggest that the regular consumption of Mustard Oil may have a preventive effect on colitis, pancreatitis and various other gastrointestinal disorders.

Ayurvedic Perspective on Mustard Oil

In the ancient Indian healing science of Ayurveda, mustard seeds were known to improve bowel movement and strengthen the body’s ability to digest food more effectively. Both mustard seeds and mustard oil were extensively used for improving digestion, preventing post-meal sluggishness and soothing intestinal discomfiture.

Mustard Oil is also proven to have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. That is why mustard oil-based food and diets can significantly reduce and prevent bacterial and fungal infections in the GI tract. Chances are, you won’t catch the dreadful stomach bug if your primary cooking medium is Mustard Oil.

Dr Sherry A. Rogers, an authority on nutrition and gastrointestinal health, has quipped: “The road to health is paved with good intestines” – and her humour is spot on. To which we would like to add: Mustard Oil is the road to good intestines!

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