When I first began reading about mustard I was very surprised. For some strange reason I had always thought of mustard as a spice, probably because I was used to seeing mustard powder, till reading made me realize that it is actually a vegetable. I was obviously not paying attention in my biology classes in school.

Mustard has astonishing benefits for your health. Mustard helps relieve muscle ache, psoriasis, contact dermatitis and respiratory disorders. It also helps in cancer and diabetes prevention and detoxification of the body. It is a rich source of minerals including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, selenium and  magnesium essential minerals for your body. It is also a good source of Omega 3. It also has Vitamins A, K and C. Given its versatility, it can be consumed in multiple ways including as as powder, oil and leaves. Mustard also helps stimulate metabolism and has beneficial impact for those trying to lose weight. For those more concerned with how they look mustard also helps in hydrating the skin, acts as a natural scrub and slows aging.

Mustard has been known to have adverse reactions to those with kidney related diseases. Also uncooked mustard can have adverse reactions to those with thyroid problems. Therefore as with all foods, please understand any potential counter indications prior to consuming it.

I know my mother uses mustard as a basic ingredient in almost all our food cooked at home. I better appreciate the wisdom behind her act now that I have refreshed my education.