Mustard seeds are the seeds of a yellow colored, flower bearing, small plant. When mustard seeds are ground to powder in a mill, the outer layer separates out. This is called mustard bran. It is the course flakes of mustard seeds. Mustard bran is gluten free.
Mustard bran is used in commercial food manufacturing as a thickener to improve the consistency of things like BBQ sauce. If it is mixed in a cow’s diet, yield of milk will increase.
Mustard seeds are rich in phytonutrients like glucosinolates, which are known to be defensive against gastrointestinal cancers. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and niacin. These are good for lowering cholesterol levels. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce symptoms of many diseases like bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. Its antiseptic properties heal wounds very well. Women suffering from a disturbed sleep due to menopause can have mustard seeds because it contains selenium and magnesium. It conditions hair, cures rheumatism and arthritis. Due to the presence of vitamin B complex and anti-fungal properties, it can be used to improve metabolism, nervous system, chest congestion, headaches and cold.
Excessive consumption of mustard seeds or its bran can induce vomiting, heart failure, diarrhea, drowsiness, breathing difficulties, coma, and death. It is unsafe for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It can also cause skin damage, burns and blisters if applied too much on skin.
Mustard bran powder, mustard bran flakes