In recent times lifestyle issues and related dietary problems have led to elevated blood pressure emerging as a major health issue. High blood pressure increases the risks associated with heart disease, stroke, kidney disease – and many other related health problems. It is a dangerous condition and it can be life-threatening.
Studies by the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Centre indicate that a natural way to control blood pressure is by introducing a regular intake of Mustard into one’s daily diet – this includes Mustard in all its forms: Mustard Seeds, Mustard Greens (the leaves) and Mustard Oil.
Blood Pressure can effectively be lowered by the regular inclusion of Vitamin C, Calcium and Dietary Fibre in daily nutrition – and Mustard Greens are rich in all these essential nutrients. Moreover, to reduce blood pressure one has to curtail one’s sodium intake. Again, Mustard Seeds, Mustard Greens and Mustard Oil have very low sodium content.
In particular, Mustard Oil is rich in good fats like Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA), and is also effective in enhancing good cholesterol (HDL) while controlling bad cholesterol (LDL). Moreover, Mustard Oil and Mustard Seeds are rich in Omega-3 Fats. All these properties go a long way in lowering blood pressure and significantly reducing the risk of heart disease.
It is interesting to note that the Dietary Guidelines (2010) of the United States Department of Health & Human Services strongly recommends Mustard as a part of the DASH diet (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) – a clear acknowledgement of the natural power of Mustard in lowering blood pressure.
You don’t need pills and capsules… only Mustard!