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Nutmeg: The spice with remarkable benefits

Nutmeg: The spice with remarkable benefits

Nutmeg, commonly known as Jaiphal in India, is a versatile spice used in various dishes, from meats and vegetables to baked goods and beverages.

Beyond its culinary uses, nutmeg boasts anti-inflammatory compounds that act as antioxidants.

Nutmeg comes from the evergreen tree Myristica fragrans, which produces two spices: nutmeg from the seed and mace from the aril covering the seed.

Indonesia leads the world in nutmeg production, but it is also grown in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, as well as in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China etc.

Nutmeg is rich in potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.

Potassium regulates heart rhythm and blood pressure, while iron is essential for red blood cell production. Calcium, copper, and manganese enhance bone density.

Nutmeg also contains B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants like beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin.

Health Benefits of Nutmeg:

  • Nutmeg acts as a natural aphrodisiac, enhancing female libido. Regular, moderate consumption can increase sexual activity.
  • The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of nutmeg help treat acne and remove dark spots. It also possesses anti-ageing benefits, reducing wrinkles and keeping the scalp healthy.
  • Myristicin, found in nutmeg, inhibits Alzheimer’s-causing enzymes, reduces mental stress, and improves memory. It is also effective in treating anxiety and depression.
  • Nutmeg essential oils have anti-inflammatory effects that alleviate rheumatic pain, swelling, and menstrual cramps.
  • High in fibre, nutmeg aids in relieving constipation, acidity, and bloating. It stimulates digestive enzymes, promoting a healthy gut.
  • Nutmeg has sedative properties that help treat insomnia, promoting restful sleep.
  • Eugenol and essential oils in nutmeg prevent tooth decay and ease toothaches, while also fighting bad breath.
  • Compounds in nutmeg inhibit cancer cell growth, particularly in the colon, without harming healthy cells.
  • Nutmeg improves blood lipid profiles and reduces oxidative stress, lowering bad cholesterol levels.
  • Rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium, nutmeg helps control high blood pressure.

Nutmeg powder can be mixed with milk, honey, tea, and other beverages. It is also used in baked goods, soups, stews, and puddings. A small pinch is enough to enhance flavour and reap health benefits.

While nutmeg offers numerous health benefits, it should be used sparingly to avoid side effects.

Despite its name, nutmeg is not a nut but the kernel of a fruit, making it suitable for those with nut allergies.

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Image Published on March 02, 2017

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