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14 Outstanding Health Benefits of Mustard Oil

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  • Mustard oil has long been a staple ingredient in Indian and South Asian cuisines, and it’s also traditionally used in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties
  • In the U.S., pure mustard oil is recommended only for topical use. The other product commonly referred to as mustard oil (but with an approved food use) is mustard essential oil
  • Allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) is the primary compound that gives mustard essential oil its medicinal properties and characteristic pungency
  • Mustard essential oil may help reduce the risk for cancer, improve cardiovascular health, ease pain, fight foodborne pathogenic bacteria, reduce inflammation, and promote skin, hair and dental health

Mustard oil has long been a staple ingredient in Indian and South Asian cuisines. It’s also traditionally used in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. However, mustard oil is recommended for topical use only in the U.S. Thankfully, there’s another product commonly referred to as mustard oil, but with an approved food use, and that’s mustard essential oil, also known as the volatile oil of mustard. Read on to find out the difference between these oils and how they affect your health.


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