Mustard is a familiar vegetable around the world and a popular condiment for enhancing the flavor of meals, but mustard greens’ claim to fame rests on their health-boosting qualities. These vegetables originated in the Himalayan Mountains. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that they are hardy enough to thrive in a range of climates and harsh weather conditions. Mustard greens have become widely used in Indian, Chinese and Japanese cooking. The plant can resemble spinach in appearance, but it comes in a range of shapes and colors. For example, its leaves could be purple in color as well as the dark green of spinach leaves.

1. Helps prevent heart problems and diabetes

High levels of LDL in relation to HDL cholesterol are bad news for heart health and anyone who happens to be in the borderline diabetes category. Accumulations of cholesterol lead to blocked arteries and the serious health problems that are certain to follow. Green mustard is one of the vegetables that help to keep down LDL (or bad cholesterol) and boost HDL (good cholesterol). Including it in meal plans reduces risks of developing heart problems and enables this individual stay on the right side of the diabetes border.

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