HEALTH By Staff Curator / August 7, 2016 Do you incorporate mustard seeds into your diet? by Dr. Edward Group(globalhealingcenter.com) – Mustard seeds may not look like anything special but they are actually loaded with nutrients and can be exceptionally beneficial for the human body. Mustard seeds are important for a variety of reasons and it’s used all across the globe for a variety of purposes – many of which are related directly to health and wellness. But, how often do you read about mustard seed in the headlines? Never. The mustard seed is largely overlooked and underappreciated. It seems that, because there is not an ongoing conversation about mustard seed, it has become a “humble herb.” However, it has much of which to be proud. Let’s first take a look at how the mustard seed benefits the body, its nutritional value, the various types of mustard, and its role as it pertains to nutrition. Four Ways the Mustard Seed Benefits the Body Mustard seeds offer many health benefits. Here are four of the most significant. 1. Phytonutrients Mustard seeds are rich in phytonutrients, which are bioactive food components that support various physiological functions. They enhance the immune system and have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-aging, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties. 2. Myrosinase The Myrosinase enzyme, which is found in mustard seeds is the only enzyme that can break down glucosinolates into absorbable nutrients. 3. Alpha-Linolenic Acid Mustard seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which helps support normal cardiovascular health. ALA is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid that has been tested as a possible measure for lowering triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and inhibiting clotting. 4. Asthma Prevention In animal studies, white mustard seeds have shown to be an effective asthma therapy. In a 2014 study, researchers concluded that white mustard seed cataplasm is a novel choice for anti-asthma therapy, and the overall assessment will soon be performed at the molecular level. Although the therapeutic benefits are nothing to scoff at, the true benefit of the mustard seed is its nutritional value. Nutritional Value of the Mustard Seed Mustard seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They contain minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Mustard seeds are an abundant source of vitamins as well: Vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B12, and more. Mustard plants also accumulate selenium, which is an important nutrient in its own right. In fact, the human body cannot function properly without enough selenium. As a nutrient, selenium enhances the body’s own natural capabilities. Quick History of the Mustard Seed Mustard seeds are found all across the world and their benefits have been known for thousands of years. The earliest recorded mention of the mustard seed took place in India in the 5th century BC. It’s found in a story of Gautama Buddha. The story tells of a grieving mother sent on a quest to collect mustard seeds. It’s a parable about loss and acceptance, intended to… Read the complete article here.