“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move.” Jesus used those words to describe the power of belief and the wonders it can accomplish. He may have used the mustard seed as an example because, although mustard seeds are very small, they yield plants of an impressive size. The smallest amount of genuine faith can change the world, but mustard seeds, too, can provide miraculous results.
Mustard is a member of the Brassica family, putting it into the same good company as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables. As you can probably guess, that means it has some very beneficial compounds.
Sinigrin is a Key Cruciferous Compound
One of these is a glucosinolate – compounds that give pungent smell and taste to the mustard plant – called sinigrin.
Mustard and other brassica plants also contain an enzyme called myrosinase, which breaks down sinigrin into allyl-isothiocyanate (AITC), which can then be absorbed in the upper digestive tract. Glucosinolates that reach the colon are broken down by probiotic bacteria to release AITC, which is then absorbed as well.
And while all of this may seem like a lot of chemistry, the main thing to remember is that the components of mustard seeds have incredible healing potential for many diseases.
One of the major areas of research examining sinigrin from mustard seed is with tumor reduction. Compelling scientific work has shown that it inhibited bladder cancer growth by 34 percent, and stopped muscle tissue invasion by 100 percent. This was due to a few actions, one of them being an ability to affect vascular endothelial growth factor, and stop the protein from helping tumors develop new blood vessels. That is a very direct, very specific way of bringing cancer under control.
Other laboratory work has tested sinigrin against liver tumors, showing that it boosted the activity of a tumor suppressing gene called p53, and restored the function of the liver. Allyl-isothiocyanate has also been found helpful in stopping bladder cancer cell formation and spread.
Beyond that, work with colon cancer cells and leukemia cell lines have shown that sinigrin from mustard (in one case from an Ethiopian species of the plant, Brassica carinata) can exhibit profound DNA protection.
Fights Inflammation and Free Radicals
Inflammation creates problems in the joints, the cardiovascular system and respiratory systems, cognitive processing, and DNA replication. Inflammation is the kicking off point for virtually every other condition.
Leading edge research in Korea has found that sinigrin suppresses inflammatory pathways and reduces the body’s production of inflammatory markers, including COX-2, prostaglandin E2, tumor necrosis factor-a, and IL-6 – all of which are active in various diseases.
In addition to fighting inflammation, sinigrin from black mustard seed can stop oxidative damage. We’ve become so familiar with the phrase “antioxidant” that it seems overused, and as a result, not that important. But nothing could be further from the truth. Free radical damage causes inflammation, and inflammation causes free radical damage. Stopping them both is critical.
Fortunately, cruciferous compounds help us in this regard, too. Danish research showed that sinigrin was one of the most effective glucosinolates for protecting DNA from damage by directly scavenging free radicals, without creating pro-oxidant effects.
The allyl-isothiocyanates from sinigrin are also strong inhibitors of bacterial pathogens. AITC has been found to be protective against E. coli, a bacteria that many of us have heard about due to its potential to cause extreme harm, especially in children and older adults. Researchers found that AITC fights E. coli in multiple ways, including destroying its cellular structure.
Heals Wounds – And More
In Ayurvedic medicine, mustard seed was often used to speed wound healing. There’s good reason for this. Current research shows that a sinigrin complex completely healed wounds in a cellular study after just 42 hours. Even sinigrin alone showed a 71 percent wound closure, which in itself is extremely impressive.
There has also been some fascinating work with sinigrin and its ability to inhibit advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These glycotoxins are pro-oxidants that accelerate disease, including diabetes. In the body, they are often a result of refined carbohydrate and sugar-based diets, and in high levels create a lot of inflammation and oxidative damage.
Recent laboratory work has shown that sinigrin is a powerful antidote to AGEs – even outperforming quercetin and curcumin.
Black Mustard Seed: The Best Source of Sinigrin
I believe that black mustard seed is the best way to get sinigrin into your regimen because it provides a concentrated, consistent source of glucosinolates. Other food sources vary greatly depending on harvest time, prep time prior to eating, and a lot of other factors. In other words, while eating cruciferous foods is highly recommended, there is no guarantee that you’re going to get the compounds you need to fight DNA damage, inflammation, oxidative stress, or harmful bacteria. That’s why I recommend standardized black mustard seed. It is a source you can count on and easily incorporate into your regimen. From just this small seed you could see huge results – and truly life-saving benefits.
If you are looking to stop tumors and prevent DNA damage, fight inflammation, inhibit dangerous bacteria, and speed wound healing, I recommend taking:
Option #1: 100 mg of black mustard (Brassica nigra) seed extract standardized to a minimum of 25% glucosinolates.
Option #2: A combination of black mustard (Brassica nigra) seed extract standardized to a minimum of 25% glucosinolates AND Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract enhanced with turmeric essential oil and standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin)