Mustard spice health uses, seed
January 19 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Mustard is one of the first spices known to humans. It is a common spice used in the United States. All parts of the plant are edible, including seeds, leaves, and flowers. Mustard works well with all types of meats, pork, poultry, and seafood.

Mustard refers to several Brassica species that are valued for their spicy and pungent dried seeds. Black mustard, Brassica nigra, seeds are used in table mustard. Brown mustard, Brassica juncea is also known as Indian, leaf, and mustard greens. Seeds of this species are used for table mustard and leaves are used as salad greens. White mustard, Brassica hirta is cultivated for seeds used in table mustard and leaves used as salad greens. Rape refers to Brassica rapa whose seeds are the source of rapeseed or colza oil, used as industrial lubricating oil and edible salad oil.

Mustard Seed oil
The pungent taste of mustard seeds results from an oil that is not actually present in the seeds. When mixed with water (or chewed), a chemical reaction occurs between an enzyme and a glucoside from the seeds, resulting in the production of the oil allyl isothiocyanate.

Mustard seed information
Mustard seed actually refers to the seeds of several related species of plants: black mustard seed (brassica nigra), brown mustard seed (brassica juncea), and white mustard seed (brassica hirta or brassica alba). Others categorize it as yellow, brown and oriental.

J Food Sci. 2014 Jan. Release of allyl isothiocyanate from mustard seed meal powder. Allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) is a wide-spectrum antimicrobial compound found in mustard seeds, produced when their tissues are disrupted.

Mustard Research
J Mol Recognit. 2016. Purification and biochemical characterization of phytocystatin from Brassica alba. Phytocystatins belong to the family of cysteine proteinases inhibitors. They are ubiquitously found in plants and carry out various significant physiological functions. These plant derived inhibitors are gaining wide consideration as potential candidate in engineering transgenic crops and in drug designing. Hence it is crucial to identify these inhibitors from various plant sources. In the present study a phytocystatin has been isolated and purified from Brassica alba seeds (yellow mustard seeds).

Pityriasis rosea-like eruptions due to mustard oil application.
Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2005.
Nashik, Maharashtra, India.
A young man employed in a construction company, presented with cutaneous lesions clinically simulating pityriasis rosea. Satisfactory and complete response to corticosteroids and antihistamines was followed by recurrence. Multiple recurrences within a short span of time arose a suspicion of alternative diagnosis. Site visit helped us to rule out occupational contact dermatitis. Further history taking revealed that he was recently using mustard oil for body massage. Subsequent patch testing confirmed contact hypersensitivity to mustard oil. Avoidance of the contact with mustard oil arrested appearance of further skin lesions.

I am facing problem of erection and dysfunction and premature ejaculation. My penis is not erecting since last one year. I have massaged it with mustard oil, Ashwangdha oil. But no response