The primary function of any cooking oil is to absorb heat, become hot and cook the food that is immersed in the hot oil – but cold-pressed Mustard Oil is a different kind of oil altogether. It does a whole lot more than cooking. It protects your heart, controls your blood pressure, reduces the risk of stroke, fights infections in the gastrointestinal tract and other organs, enhances the functioning of the entire cardiovascular system, and lots more. Sounds almost unbelievable, doesn’t it?
To get a better understanding of the wide range of health benefits delivered by cold-pressed Mustard Oil, it is important to take a closer look at the chemistry of this oil. A study published in the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology indicates that a significant part of the health attributes of Mustard Oil emanate from the fact that the oil is rich in phenolic compounds.
Phenolic compounds are proven to have powerful antioxidant properties that reduce oxidative stress and keep the cells of the body and its organs and tissues healthy. Such reduction in oxidative stress goes a long way in preventing ailments like premature ageing and necrosis. Phenolic compounds also have strong anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting infections, preventing irritable bowel syndrome, easing aches and pains, and reducing the risk of arthritis. More importantly, phenolic compounds also have invaluable cancer-fighting properties.
The phenolic compounds found in Mustard Oil contain a specific phytochemical called Sinapic Acid – an orally bioavailable, naturally occurring nutrient. In addition to the antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties mentioned earlier, Sinapic Acid also has antibacterial, anti-glycaemic and neuroprotective attributes.
And that’s why we started out by asking this question: Is Mustard Oil just an oil or a health supplement? As you can see, it’s a whole lot more than an everyday cooking medium!
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