Mustard has been shown to aid lean muscle growth, while boosting your metabolism for an extra fat burning effect.
Two different studies show some amazing results from adding a relatively small amount of mustard to your diet. Let’s take a look at both sets of research.
Research conducted at the Plants for Human Health Institute, FBNS at North Carolina State University, shows that mustard triggers a similar response in the body as anabolic steroids do, only without the life-threatening side effects of course.
The research found that the effect of homobrassinolide, which is a type of brassinosteroid found in plants such as mustards, on protein synthesis in muscle cells led to increases in lean body mass, physical performance and muscle mass.
In separate research led by Jeya Henry, Professor of Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, mustard has been found to increase the metabolism.
According to Henry, just 20g of mustard increases the metabolism by up to 20% within two hours, so finding ways to incorporate it into your recipes are encouraged. The metabolism-boosting effects of mustard are thanks to the isothiocyanates found in it, which dilate blood vessels and increase levels of the fat-burning hormone ephedrine.
So next time you make a bacon sandwich, cook a nice piece of grass-fed Argentinian steak or grill a pork chop, add some mustard to the mix. You’ll get lean muscle benefits as well as a fat-burning effect. Our favourite type of mustard, you ask? Dijon.
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