Amazing Facts

Health benefits of mustard greens

  1. Mustard greens like spinach are the store
    house of many phytonutrients that have health promotional and disease
    prevention properties.

  2. Very low in calories (26 kcal per 100 g raw
    leaves) and fats, but rich in dietary fiber; recommended in cholesterol
    controlling and weight reduction programs. However, these greeny leaves
    contain very
    good amount of dietary fibre that helps control cholesterol level and
    also help protect against hemorrhoids,
    constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.

  3. Fresh mustard greens are an excellent source
    of several vital anti-oxidants and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A,
    vitamin E, carotenes as well essential minerals such as calcium, iron,
    magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium and manganese.

  4. The greens are supposed to be one of the highest among leafy vegetables
    which provide vitamin K.
    100 g of fresh leaves contain about 497 mcg or
    about 500% of daily requirement of vitamin K 1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin
    K has found to have potential role in bone mass building function by
    promoting osteo-trophic activity in the bone. It also has established
    role in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

  5. Fresh leaves are also very good source of folic acid. 100 g
    provide about 187 mcg (about 47% of RDA) of folic acid. This water
    soluble vitamin has an important role in DNA synthesis and when given
    before and early pregnancy help prevent neural tube defects in the baby.

  6. Mustard greens are rich
    source of anti-oxidants flavonoids, indoles, sulforaphane, carotenes,
    lutein and zeaxanthin. Indoles, mainly di-indolyl-methane
    and sulforaphane
    have proven benefits against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian
    cancers by virtue of their cancer cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic
    effects on cancer cells.
  7. Fresh mustard leaves are excellent source of vitamin-C.
    Provides 70 mcg or about 117% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin-C
    (ascorbic acid) is a powerful natural
    anti-oxidant that offers protection against free radical injury and
    flu-like viral infections.

  8. The leaves are also an
    excellent source of vitamin-A
    (provide 10500 IU or 350% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is
    essential nutrient for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential
    for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids
    helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

  9. Regular consumption of mustard greens in the
    diet is known to prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, iron deficiency
    anaemia and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases, asthma and colon and prostate cancers.

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