What are some benefits of Nutmeg?

Nutmeg is a popular spice used across the world for its dominant flavor and taste. Apart from imparting a great flavor to the cuisine, it has many health and benefits. This spice has been used thousands of years, primarily for its health benefits. This generation is not aware of the health benefits imparted by this wonderful spice.

Let us discuss the benefits of using Nutmeg in our cuisines:

Brain Tonic

Nutmeg consists of a natural organic compound that is known as Myristicin that inhibits a brain enzyme that contributes to neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s. Nutmeg’s anti-inflammatory properties along with the protective effects can be used very effectively in order to promote brain tissue growth, stimulate your brain cells, improve memory and concentration, and eliminate fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Natural Sedative

Nutmeg contains some essential oils that are used in order to treat inflammation, abdominal pain, aching joints, muscle pain, arthritis, sores, and other problems. When this oil is mixed with almond oil, it is used to relieve rheumatic pain.

Improves Digestion

If the decoction of Nutmeg is freshly prepared, the essential oils present along with some honey relieves digestion-related problems like diarrhea, constipation, bloating and flatulence by removing the excess gas from intestines, aids digestion and boosts appetite. It also cures digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion and diarrhea, managing symptoms of Crohn's disease, and regulating the working of your gastrointestinal tract.

Liver & Kidney Detox

Nutmeg helps in the cleaning the toxins that are present in the liver & kidney that helps them in strengthening their functions, dissolves kidney stones, improves blood circulation, treats kidney infections and liver disease.

Skin Care

A certain type of scrub can be made with nutmeg powder along with which if orange lentil powder is mixed then it can help you in the removal of blackheads. Milk or honey, work with nutmeg’s anti-inflammatory effects, to reduce marks/scars, alleviate acne, reduce the redness puffiness of blemishes.

Dental Relief

Nutmeg oil consists of compounds like eugenol and cinnamon that makes it a very powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial paste, protecting against cavity-causing bacteria. Nutmeg oil can be applied to the gums around an aching tooth & can also treat halitosis (bad breath).

Immunity Booster

It consists of numerous plant that has derived chemical compounds which are known to have, disease preventing, antioxidant and health-promoting properties and immunity boosting.

Cancer Prevention

Nutmeg' has many valuable oils that act as an antioxidant & inhibits the process of oxidation of the essential fatty acid, linoleic, and significantly reduces new blood vessel growth that feeds tumors. Myristicin is a component essential oil that is derived from nutmeg and it inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells.


Sex therapists have always recommended cooking with nutmeg in order to increase sexual desire and ability. It has an ancient history of being an integral part of herbal medicines, to correct impotency and increase libido.

Minerals Store

Nutmeg is a vault of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc & magnesium. Potassium is a very important component of cell & body fluids that control heart rate & BP. Manganese and copper co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for RBC production as co-factor for cytochrome oxidase enzymes.

Respiratory Soother

A pack of powder made of nutmeg, flour, and water, when applied to the chest, cures chest cold. Studies have shown that nutmeg can help combat asthma symptoms.

Rich in Vitamins

It is rich in numerous vital B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid antioxidants like beta- carotene and cryptoxanthin that are crucial for optimum health.

Soothes eczema

A nutmeg paste that can be made by grinding the nutmeg seeds with water, smeared over red scaly patches of eczema, significantly decrease the eruptions and itching.

Updated on: 30-Jul-2019


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