Mustard greens are an excellent complimentary for noodle dishes. It turns out that besides being delicious, the vegetable is also good for your body. Mustard greens are known to be rich in nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Not only that, as reported by Healthline, here are some health benefits that can be obtained from mustard greens.
- Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that can play a role in fighting oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals can cause diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, to heart diseases. Mustard greens are known to be rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids, beta carotene, lutein, and vitamins C and E.
- Rich in vitamin K
Whether raw or processed, mustard greens can help you to meet your daily vitamin K needs. Vitamin K plays a role in helping the process of blood clots. In addition, this vitamin can also help maintain a healthy heart and bones.
- Improve the immune system
Thanks to the vitamin C content in it, consuming mustard greens is known to help boost the immune system. The study results show that vitamin C deficiency is related to a weak immune system, which can make the body is vulnerable to disease. In addition, vitamin A in mustard greens can also boost the immune system by supporting the growth and distribution of T cells (white blood cells) to fight infection.
- Good for heart health
Antioxidants in mustard greens are associated with a lower risk of heart-related diseases and death. The study results show that green vegetables can reduce this risk by up to 15%. In addition, mustard greens are known to contain compounds that can bind bile acids in the digestive system, which can lower cholesterol levels in the body.
- Good for eye health
According to the results of studies, lutein and zeaxanthin in mustard greens are proven to protect the retina of the eye from oxidative damage. Both of these antioxidants can help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which is a major factor that cause blindness.
Text by Anggie Triana
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- Healthline - Mustard Greens: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits (2020). https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mustard-greens-nutrition#nutrition, 26 March 2020.