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Nutritional and Health Benefits of Mustard Greens and Mustard Seeds

Updated on August 3, 2020
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Mustard Plantation
Mustard Plantation | Source

Latin Name: Brassica rapa or Brassica juncea.

In India, Mustard greens are called Sarson.

About Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are very much used in Asian, Italian and African cuisines. The leaves, as well as the tender stems, are used in Indian cooking and a very famous North Indian dish called "sarson da saag" which is a vegetable made of mustard greens is prepared. This dish is a very popular dish made during the winter months.

The stem of mustard greens is used to make pickles.

Sometimes it is grown as green manure or mulch to prevent the growth of unwanted weeds.

It is also grown in soils having high levels of heavy metals like lead, in hazardous waste disposal sites. Mustard greens have the capacity to absorb and hold these heavy metals in their cells. The plants are then harvested and disposed of properly.

Punjabi Sarson ka Saag Recipe

About Mustard

Mustard has a long history of usage, about 5000 years, and is native to The Himalayan region of India.

Mustard greens are also known as Indian mustard, Chinese mustard and leaf mustard.

The mustard plant has several species in the Genus Brassica.

  • Brassica juncea, Brassica nigra and Brassica alba are used for their seeds that are used as a spice or to make condiment.
  • Brassica nigra, Brassica hirta and Brassica juncea yield mustard oil
  • Brassica juncea and Brassica campestris provide edible leaves.

In fact, the entire mustard plant is edible, the leaves, stem and seeds.

Makki ki Roti and Sarson ka Saag Recipe

mustard greens
mustard greens | Source

Nutrition Facts Mustard Greens

Mustard greens (Brassica juncea),
Nutrition value/100 gms
(Source: USDA Nutrient Database)
Nutrient Value
% of RDA
26 Kcal
4.9 g
2.70 g
Total Fat
0.20 g
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
3.30 g
187 mcg
0.800 mg
Pantothenic acid
0.210 mg
0.180 mg
0.110 mg
0.080 mg
Vitamin A
10500 IU
Vitamin C
70 mg
Vitamin E
2.01 mg
Vitamin K
497.3 mcg
25 mg
354 mg
103 mg
0.147 mg
1.46 mg
32 mg
0.480 mg
0.9 mcg
0.20 mg
6300 mcg
0 mcg
9900 mcg

Nutritional Benefits Of Mustard Greens

  • They are low in calories and fats. Rich in dietary fiber.
  • Contain very high levels of vitamin K (over 400% daily value/100gms).
  • They are very rich in vitamin A, (about 350% daily value /100gms).
  • Contain excellent levels of vitamin C (117% of daily value/100gms).
  • Mustard greens are rich in folates providing about 47% daily value/100 gms.
  • They are high in potassium and low in sodium.
  • Very rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients like carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin.
  • Contain good amounts of the Bcomplex vitamins.
  • Extremely rich in the minerals manganese, iron, copper, calcium and magnesium.

Health Benefits Of Mustard Greens

  1. Mustard greens stimulate the appetite, increase salivation and are thus an excellent aid in toning up the digestive system. They have digestive and laxative properties.
  2. They have antiseptic and antifungal properties.
  3. Detoxify the body.
  4. The sulphur content benefits in skin diseases.
  5. It has decongestant properties and hence when used as a poultice/plaster it clears the sinus and lungs of congestion. It benefits when applied on the chest.
  6. Mustard greens boost metabolism, reduces the frequency of migraine attacks
  7. Lowers cholesterol levels, blood pressure, prevent plaque deposition in arteries thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  8. A poultice or hot compress of mustard greens can reduce muscle sprains/swellings, pain and improves blood circulation.
  9. It boosts immunity and relieves stress and insomnia.
  10. The glucosinolates have the property of reducing cancer risk.

Different Types Of Mustard Seeds

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brown mustard seedsblack mustard seedswhite or yellow mustard seeds
brown mustard seeds
brown mustard seeds | Source
black mustard seeds
black mustard seeds | Source
white or yellow mustard seeds
white or yellow mustard seeds | Source

In India, Mustard seeds are called Rai.

About Mustard Seeds

There are 3 types of mustard seeds. Each is derived from a different species of the mustard plant.

  • Black mustard seeds - They are obtained from the plant Brassica nigra.
  • Brown mustard seeds - They are obtained from the plant Brassica juncea.
  • White or yellow mustard seeds - They are obtained from the plant Brassica alba also called sometimes as Sinapis alba.

Mustard seeds are used as a spice. The darker the colour of the seeds the more pungent the seed. They are also used to make condiments by mixing with salt, lemon juice, vinegar with or without other flavourings.

The seeds are also used to extract mustard oil.

Brown mustard seeds used in Indian cooking to temper dals etc. They are used in making pickles.

Nutrition Facts Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds (Brassica juncea)
Nutrition Value/100 gms
(Source: USDA Nutrient Database)
Nutrient Value
% of RDA
508 Kcal
28.09 g
26.08 g
Total Fat
36.24 g
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
12.2 g
162 mcg
4.733 mg
Pantothenic acid
0.810 mg
0.397 mg
0.261 mg
0.805 mg
Vitamin A
31 IU
Vitamin C
7.1 mg
Vitamin E (gamma tocoferol)
19.82 mg
Vitamin K
5.4 mcg
13 mg
738 mg
266 mg
0.645 mg
9.21 mg
370 mg
2.448 mg
208.1 mcg
6.08 mg
18 mcg
0 mcg
508 mcg

Nutritional Benefits Of Mustard Seeds

  • Excellent levels of the minerals selenium and magnesium, iron and manganese copper and rich in zinc and calcium.
  • High in potassium and very low in sodium.
  • Good amounts of proteins and dietary fibre.
  • High in antioxidants and phytonutrients especially glucosinolates.
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and many plant sterols.
  • Very good levels of all the B complex vitamins.
  • Excellent source of vitamin E, gamma-tocopherol.
  • The seeds are a good source of oil, almost 46 to 48% content is oil.

Health Benefits Of Mustard Seeds

  1. The seeds have anti-inflammatory and reduce inflammations in asthma, arthritis and rheumatic affections.
  2. Possess anti-cancer activity due to the isothiocyanates. Lower the risk of gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers.
  3. Lower cholesterol, risk of heart disease.
  4. They stimulate digestive secretions, improve digestion and boost metabolism.
  5. When applied as a paste on the head they arrest hair fall and help in hair growth.
  6. The seeds act as an aphrodisiac.
  7. The seed oil relieves muscle pain, arthritic and rheumatic pains.
  8. They have diuretic and laxative properties, aid in detoxifying the body.
  9. They have antifungal and antiseptic activities.
  10. Improve female fertility.

Some Natural Remedies With Mustard Seeds

Method to make a pack of mustard seeds

Grind the mustard seeds with some cold water. Spread a thin cotton cloth on the area which is to be treated. Spread this paste on the cloth.
The mustard paste is not applied directly to the skin as it is hot and may cause redness and blisters. Keep it only for 10 to 15 minutes, not more.

  • Indigestion

Grind 3 grams of mustard seeds and drink after mixing it in water.

  • Colic And Vomiting

Apply the mustard pack on the abdomen.

  • Cholera

Apply the mustard pack on the stomach. It relieves, vomiting, diarrhoea, aches. This pack benefits in all cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

  • Effects Of Poison

Grind 2 tsp mustard seeds and take it with water. It brings out the poison by vomiting.

  • Epilepsy

Grind mustard seeds and make the affected person smell it. It revives in unconsciousness.

  • Irregular Menses

Take 2 grams of ground mustard seeds with the first morsel of food.

  • Cold/Coryza

Mix ground mustard seeds in honey and eat.

  • Hiccups

Boil 10 grams mustard seeds in 250 ml water. Strain out the seeds and drink the water when still warm. It stops hiccups.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly


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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @FlourishAnyway-thanks for appreciating.

      @Mary-glad you like the info and I appreciate your visit and sharing. Thanks.

      @Patricia-Mustard greens in India are enjoyed in winter as sarson da saag which is cooked to a paste mustard leaves with flatbread made of corn flour and lassi (A sweet or salty drink made of yogurt and water). All these recipes are in the videos above. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Mustard greens are on of my favorites when prepared properly. I had no idea they could be used as a plaster. Thanks for sharing all of the beneficial qualities of this delightful food. Angels are on the way ps

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      When I as a child growing up in the county, mustard greens were a staple in our diet. We ate a lot of greens! You did a lot of research on this Hub as you always do. Voted UP and shared.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Nicely written and informative hub on the various uses and benefits of mustard. My mother cooks mustard greens with cornbread and pinto beans and enjoys it heartily.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Paul, glad you like and find the information useful. Thanks for the votes and sharing.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is an absolutely awesome hub on mustard greens and seeds which I find very interesting and useful. I never realized that mustard had so many health benefits. Voting up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Mustard greens is a favorite dish in North India. It is called 'saag' and is accompanied by 'roti' or flatbread made of ground corn.

      Thanks for stopping by, Aurelio.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I knew there were different types of mustard but did not realize there were different types of seeds. I like mustard seeds and greens because they provide a low-calories taste kick to whatever they're added. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Devika - thanks and happy to note that you like the info.

      @ lingsta - good to know you have experienced the benefits of mustard seeds yourself. Thanks for the vote and share.

      @ wetnosedogs - thanks for the thumbs up.

      @ Carol - I'll be waiting for your version of recipes with mustard greens. Thanks for stopping by as well as sharing it.

      @ Margaret - Thanks for the visit and share.

      @ Bill - thanks for the interest and appreciate your comments, my friend. Take care.

      @ Eddy - you are very right, my friend. This is such a wonderful community here and I'm glad to be a part of it. Thanks for all the wonderful support. Take care.

      @ Arun - thank you.

      @ MsDora - thanks for appreciating.

      @ Diana - thanks for this inspiring input. Much appreciated.

      @ Marlene - good to know that you are growing mustard greens. I would be interested in knowing how your mustard making experiment goes.

      BTW, Sarson da saag is not like a soup, gravy or curry at all. It is much thicker somewhat like a thicker tomato sauce because the greens have a lot of fiber. Thanks for stopping by.

      @ Paula - thanks for the comments. I'm really sorry to learn about your loss. I've emailed you in this regard. Thanks for trusting me, my friend. Take care.

      @ Rasma - nice to know you have used mustard seeds. Thanks for stopping by and sharing it too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thanks for sharing this informative and useful hub. I've used mustard seed before so it was great to get to know all about the health benefits of mustard greens and seeds. Passing this on.

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      Dear Rajan, I value and respect your opinion and expertise. I wonder if you would kindly suggest to me, something natural, which works significantly well, to ease anxiety and calm stress, during personal crisis and in times of deep sadness. I will appreciate your advice, very much, rajan,

      You may not be aware, but I lost my husband 2 weeks ago. I have had very little opportunity to have quiet time to myself nor can I relax at the this time, due to all the many issues I must deal with and settle, to return to some semblance of normalcy. There are many things I must catch up on and much business to handle that my husband always handled before. Needless to say, I am a bit frazzled. I want to avoid falling apart at the seams, both physically and emotionally. I'm a fairly strong individual and I focus on the positive most of the time. I am not one to rely on pharmaceuticals, if I can avoid them.

      I hope to hear from you at your convenience. Thank you so much....Paula

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wonderful information about mustard greens and mustard seeds. I'm growing two kinds of greens in my garden this year. One is Chinese mustard. I enjoyed the videos and I'm going to try my hand at making homemade mustard. I have a question about the last video - Is Sarson ka Saag like a heavy soup? The last part of the video wasn't translated, so I wasn't sure because of the final ingredients, but it sure looked delicious. Thanks.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is interesting. Just half a teaspoon of yellow mustard is the fastest cure I've found for relieving muscle spasms and I have tried many remedies over the years.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      So well presented as usual. I appreciate the nutrition details of mustard greens. Not one of my preferred leafy green but pickled stems sounds good. Also the benefits of the seed cannot be overlooked. Thank you.

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      7 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for yet another interesting hub with useful information,

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Wow rajan you certainly know your stuff and once again i vote up,across and share all around. What a wonderful community we spend our days in. We share our own work;learn from others and make wonderful friends along the way!!What more can we ask for.

      Enjoy your day rajan.


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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mustard greens are a huge and popular dish in the deep southern states but not so much here. In fact, I have never tasted them. Thanks as always for the information my friend. Well done!

      blessings today and always,


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      Margaret Perrottet 

      7 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      I didn't realize that mustard had so many healthy properties. Very nicely done hub - voted up, useful and interesting.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I have seen mustard greens in the grocery store and have never bought any. Thanks for all this vital information. I will have to come up with some creative recipes. Up and share

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      Great information here. Need some mustard for my cold feet.

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Rajan, this hub has been very useful. Unbelievable, mustard seeds have so many health benefits, a few have been useful for me. Thank you so much for sharing! Voted up and sharing!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most informative about mustard seeds, everything mentioned here in detail and to the point. Mustard seeds has helpful benefits and you informed me even more than I once knew.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I agree mustard lends a unique flavor and taste to food. Thanks for reading.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Very useful and informative hub. I use mustard seeds in everyday cooking and they add a special taste and flavour to the dish. Great hub.


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