When we analyse the health-bestowing nutrients found in cold-pressed Mustard Oil, we usually focus on the healthy fats it contains – namely, Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA), and especially invaluable Omega-3 Fatty Acids. A vital mineral in Mustard Oil that is less talked about is selenium. Selenium is proven to be rich in antioxidants and it is capable of preventing cell damage caused by oxidative stress. This reduces the risks associated with heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer. It is also known to strengthen the immune system, especially in persons with influenza, tuberculosis and hepatitis. Selenium is particularly healthy for the heart. It lowers the risk of atherosclerosis (the formation of plaque on the inner walls of the arteries) by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It is also known to protect bone marrow stromal cells against the damage caused by hydrogen peroxide-induced inhibition of osteoblastic differentiation. A report published in The Lancet indicates that selenium plays an important role in muscoskeletal health. A higher intake of selenium via one’s diet can improve bone mineral density (in men especially). It also reduces the risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in adults above 50 years of age. Well-known fitness expert, Vesna Jacob appearing as a panellist on a webinar organised by P Mark Mustard Oil in collaboration with Hindustan Times, a leading media group, emphasized the significant benefits that selenium offers for fitness enthusiasts. The regular consumption of selenium through dietary sources helps build muscle mass and accelerates muscle recovery after a workout and even in cases of sports injuries. That is why Vesna recommended the use of cold-pressed Mustard Oil both as a cooking medium as well as for body massage to ensure muscle toning. Like we have always said, making Mustard Oil your primary cooking medium is an effective (and easy) way to get a daily dose of vital nutrients like selenium – via every meal you prepare.
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