Cold-pressed Mustard Oil has powerful neuroprotective properties because the oil (and the seeds) is rich in natural antioxidants. These antioxidants are in the form of molecules called polyphenols which are secondary metabolites. The main polyphenols in Mustard Oil are gallic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin and kaempferol. Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that diets rich in polyphenols are associated with the prevention of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Recent research has now added neurodegenerative disease to this list.
According to an article published in Nutritional Neuroscience, a well-known international journal on Nutrition, Diet and Nervous System, the evidence in support of the significant neuroprotective effects of polyphenol-rich diets has grown in the course of the past decade. Various cell culture models have shown that polyphenols are capable of protecting neuronal cells by attenuating oxidative stress and damage.
Going forward, the article reiterates that further research is needed to explore the ways in which these neuroprotective properties can be used in the treatment (and prevention) of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This could change the way neurodegenerative diseases are managed in the years ahead.
These findings are significant because the global burden of neurodegenerative disease has been growing steadily. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease alone is estimated to be as high as 24 million worldwide. In addition to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, other common neurodegenerative diseases include Friedreich ataxia, Huntington’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy.
The natural antioxidants found in cold-pressed Mustard Oil are proven to protect bio-molecules from oxidative damage – and this attribute gives the oil vital neuroprotective properties. You can take a small step towards protecting yourself from a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases by making Mustard Oil your primary cooking medium so that you can enrich your daily diet with the polyphenols and antioxidants that keep your brain cells healthy and prevent cell damage.