Mustard Oil is very popular and widely utilized in the preparation of a variety of edibles, sauces, pastes, and pickles. Mustard Oil is also used in industry for shampoo and soap making. Pharmaceutical preparations like capsules, creams, emulsions, fragrances, flavors, intramuscular injections, nasal sprays, ointments, plasters, and in a number of cosmetics also use mustard oil. Main Mustard oil health benefits are it lowers cholesterol and reduces diabetes.
Mustard oil is derived from the mustard seed (Brassica nigra- black mustard, Brassica juncea- brown Indian mustard, or Brassica hirta- white mustard) by cold pressing (Kachi Ghani) or mechanical expelling and solvent extraction. This oil is used as cooking oil due to its pungent aroma, hot nutty taste and in various medicinal preparations. The oil is colorless to pale yellow oily liquid with an irritating odor.
Common name: Sarson oil.
Mustard is commonly found in Canada, China, Germany, France, Australia, Pakistan, Poland, and India.
Constituents of mustard oil
Important features of Mustard oil
- Low calorie
- 30% protein
- Natural antioxidants like tocopherol
- It is also available in an unrefined (cold compressed) form and is relatively stable during cooking at high temperatures so keep in mind always us mustard oil that is GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and does have an approved food use (2).
- Mustard oil also contains rich amount of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, good ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids and the least amount of saturated fatty acids. Composition of Fatty acids are as follows (3).
|Saturated fatty acids||16%|
|Mono Unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)||50%|
|Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)||37%|
|Oleic acid (Omega-9 fatty acid)||38.21%|
|Archidonic acid||10.86 %|
Health benefits of mustard oil
Benefits of Mustard oil are as follows
1. Mustard oil with turmeric and salt used as an oral care
The paste of Mustard oil with turmeric and salt relief from gingivitis and periodontitis. Moreover, in India, mustard oil and salt massage have been used for gum massage and for maintenance and improvement of oral hygiene because of its antimicrobial properties (4,5).
2. Reduces inflammatory muscle pain
Mustard oil is also known by its irritant properties which are sometimes beneficial to reduce inflammatory muscle pain. Thus this oil is effective to resume sensation and treat neuron disorder (6).
Furthermore, mustard oil also induces moderate-to-severe spontaneous burning pain and somatosensory sensitization which is useful loss or gain-of-function in peripheral neuropathies (7).
3. Lowers cholesterol levels
Mustard oil is good for cholesterol as it contains a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which show hypocholesterolemic and hypolipidemic effects (8).
4. Mustard oil keep heart healthy
Consumption of mustard oil is good for the heart in order to reduce the risk of cardiac events, oxidative stress, and blood lipoproteins. As it contains n-3 fatty acids, which keep heart healthy and protect from acute myocardial infarction (9).
α-linolenic acid found in mustard oil reduces the adhesion and aggregation tendency of blood platelets and lowers the risk of Ischemic heart disease (IHD) than sunflower oil (10).
5. Weight loss and belly fat reduction
Diacylglycerol (DAG) and polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) of mustard oil induce thermogenesis and suppress fat accumulation in adipose tissue and reduce the body weight (11). Therefore mustard oil is good for weight loss and belly fat.
6. Treats Vitamin A Deficiency
Pressed mustard seeds oil is a rich source of vitamin A with low cost and hence used to treat vitamin A deficiency (12).
7. Mustard oil helps in controlling diabetes
Presence of polyunsaturated fatty acid in mustard oil decrease serum glucose and lipid levels and improved glucose tolerance than other oil. Thus mustard oil shows wonderful antiobesity effect by reducing blood glucose levels, improve glucose and lipid homeostasis and hence the best oil for diabetes (13).
8. Prevents Cancer
Mustard oil contains Allyl isothiocyanate which acts as a cancer chemopreventive agent. Oral intake of this Allyl isothiocyanate gets relieved through the urine and useful for bladder cancer prevention (14).
9. Lowers blood pressure
Mustard oil contains glycosides, known as isothiocyanate, niaziminin A and B, which show wonderful effect on lowering blood pressure (15).
Side effects of mustard oil
Mustard oil is known for its various health benefits, however, it is banned in some countries and sold only for external use in countries like the United States, Canada, and European Union as it is considered to be harmful for consumption in these countries.
1. Risk of epidemic dropsy
Intake of adulterated mustard oil with argemone oil can cause oxidative stress and death of red blood cells because adulteration may affect the quality of food and leads to epidemic dropsy (16).
2. Presence of erucic acid
Expressed mustard oil also known as bad oil because it contains 20 to 40% erucic acid (harmful factor) which resulted in nutritional deficiencies and cardiac lesions thus precaution should be needed before consumption (17).