Known for its health benefits, mustard oil is available in every Indian household. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which help in reducing the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. Due to its medicinal properties, it is also used as a remedy to promote skin and hair health, boost immunity and relieve pain.

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Here are eight amazing health benefits of mustard oil you must know:

Asthma relief

Mustard oil has been known, as a natural remedy for asthma and sinusitis since ages. For asthma relief, mustard oil is one of the best emergency home remedies. Massaging, the chest with mustard oil during an attack to improve airflow to the lungs and allows easy breathing.

Promotes skin and hair health

Mustard oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that work great on the skin as a natural cleanser. It helps to cleanse the skin within minutes. The oil nourishes hair to the root, and improves the overall growth of hair follicles.

Promotes Heart Health

Mustard oil is highly rich in MUFA, PUFA, Omega 3 & 6, Vitamin E, These acids increase good cholesterol (HDL) and, decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL), as a result, the risk of cardiovascular diseases reduces. According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular consumption of mustard oil maintains heart health.

Relief from Cough and Cold

Mustard oil is considered a natural remedy for cold and cough due to its heating property that helps in clearing congestion. Mustard oil steam treatment helps warm up the respiratory system and clears phlegm.

It helps relieve pain

The oil has been used for ages to get rid of arthritis pain and decrease inflammation. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and the presence of selenium which helps relieve joint and skin inflammation. It can help lower body temperature by stimulating sweat glands as a result, useful for reducing fever.

Helps in digestion

Regular consumption of mustard oil in one’s diet helps reduce cholesterol levels. When used over time, it helps improve digestion. Mustard oil can help the liver and spleen produce increased levels of digestive enzymes as, a result, it speeds up the digestion process.

Helps fight bacteria and fungus

Mustard oil contains strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. As per a study published in the Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons mustard oil can effectively kill dental bacteria, and can also help to get rid of vaginal yeast infections. It can fight off infections in the digestive system and cure bacterial and fungal skin infections.

Reduce the risk of cancer

Mustard oil can reduce the risk of colon cancer. The linolenic acid present in mustard oil is converted, in the human body into Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in preventing cancers of stomach and colon.

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Ritu Yadav is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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