The Amazing Health Benefits of Nutmeg that You Never Know About

 

Not many times you might have willfully noticed that round and shiny spice “Nutmeg” sitting on the spice rack in your kitchen. This shelled seed is mostly known for its flavouring purposes but here we will acquaint you to the lesser known facts about this Super spice. Nutmeg has an abundance of nutritional value that is beneficial for boosting your immunity, improve your sleep pattern and promote your overall wellness. To put it in a nut shell- a pinch of Nutmeg a day will help you stay healthy and relaxed.

Known as ‘Jaiphal’ regionally, Nutmeg is an aromatic spice used in several varieties of delicacies. It is the seed of the fruit bearing ‘Myristica Fragrans’ which is a dark-leaved evergreen tree cultivated for two spices Nutmeg and Mace. Nutmeg is the shelled, dried seed of the plant and mace is the dried net-like covering of the seed’s shell. Perhaps, it is also the only tropical tree in the world which is credited for bearing two distinct flavoured spices.

From Nutmeg the Spice to Nutmeg the Super Spice

When fully mature, the aril-enveloped Nutmegs are collected and then at the curing area, mace will be removed, flattened out, and dried. And for obtaining Nutmeg, seeds will be dried in the sun over a period of six to eight weeks. During this process, the nutmeg shrinks and gets detached away from its hard shell cover. The shell is then broken and the nutmegs are picked out. This can be used either wholly or in powdered form. Nutmeg is more commonly seen in the Southern part of India, where the locals use it to flavour meat curries, baked goods and desserts, as the spice has a distinctive pungent fragrance and a warm, slightly sweet taste. The spice is also a highlight ingredient of Mughlai cuisine, being used as part of the various masala mixes for the meat preparations. In addition to these aromatic properties, nutmeg also has immense potential therapeutic applications and here we have got the eight of it listed for you.

 

  1. Improves Digestion

Nutmeg is known to have carminative properties that can treat stomach ulcers and help in digestion. They help in secretion of digestive enzymes, so it’s good to add this spice to food, as it helps with easy digestion. This explains why there is a dash of nutmeg even in Indian desserts.

  1. Helps Treat Insomnia

When consumed in smaller doses, Nutmeg’s healing properties help in nerve relaxation. This potent medicinal property of Nutmeg calms nerves, releases serotonin and that way induces sleep. Hence, many ancient medicinal systems including Ayurveda, recommends having a glass full of milk with a dash of nutmeg for improving sleep conditions.

  1. Increases Libido

A combination of milk with a pinch of nutmeg has been an age-old remedy to improve sex drive. Even according to Ayurveda, Nutmeg helps in calming the nervous system and improves blood circulation to the reproductive organs. So it is considered that having a pinch of nutmeg every day is good for balancing the hormonal imbalance in the body.

  1. Treats Bad Breath

The essential oils in Nutmeg have anti-bacterial properties which help in removing bacteria from the mouth which cause bad smelling breath. So, Nutmeg commonly used as an ingredient for Ayurvedic toothpastes and gum pastes.

  1. Relieves Pain

Inflammation and swelling often causes pain in the body. The presence of essential oils like myristicin, elemicin, eugenol and safrole in Nutmeg helps in relieving joint pain, swelling and inflammation and thus gives relief from chronic pain.

  1. Helps in Hair Growth

The anti-microbial properties of nutmeg help in keeping the scalp clean and prevent dandruff, which is a main reason for hair loss. So, Nutmeg can be a great organic product for hair growth as.

  1. Supports weight loss

Nutmeg by removing the toxins from the body helps in boosting its metabolism. This along with Nutmeg’s digestive properties improves the metabolic capacity of the body and thus aids in weight loss.

  1. Improves Brain Health

Nutmeg is an aphrodisiac, which can stimulate the nerve cells in the brain. It helps in releasing feel-good hormones in the body, which makes it a great antidepressant. So, in times of stress, a dash of nutmeg lifts your mood and works as a tonic and stimulant. It is also known to improve concentration.

 

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