Nutmeg botanically known as Myristica fragrans, nutmeg is a hard brown seed that grows on the nutmeg tree and this seed originally from Indonesia, which has a slightly sweet taste of Asian and Western dishes. It is also used in medicine for its health benefits.
Nutmeg tree offers not one, but two spices. Mace and nutmeg, Nutmeg is used in dishes such as cakes, custards, cookies, spice cakes, cheese sauces, soups and vegetables while the mace is used in light colored dishes to obtain saffron as a color.
Nutritional value of Nutmeg :
The nutritional values of nutmeg per 100 grams are:
- total calories 525
- Protein 5,8 g
- gordo 0,4 g
- carbohydrates 49,3 g
For pregnant women, regular massage of the abdominal area with nutmeg oil, three weeks before delivery helps in smooth delivery.
Nutrients Quantity %Daily value
- Calcium, Ca 184 mg 18,4%
- Copper, Cu 1,03 mg 51,35%
- Hierro, Fe 3.04 mg 16,89%
- Magnesium, Mg 183 mg 45,75%
- El manganeso, Mn 2.9 mg 145%
- Phosphorus, P 213 mg 21,3%
- Potassium, K 350 mg 10%
- Selenium, is 1.6 mcg 2.29%
- Sodium, Na 16 mg 0.67%
- Zinc, Zn 2.15 mg 14,33%
- Vitamin A 102 UI 2.04%
- Vitamin C 3 mg 5%
- Vitamin B6 0,16 mg 8%
- Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
- Vitamin K 0 mcg 0%
- Riboflavin 0,06 mg 3.35%
- thiamine 0,35 mg 23,07%
- Folate, DFE 76 mcg 19%
- niacin 1.3 mg 65 %
- sugars 28,49 g
- Fiber 20,8 g 83,2%
- Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
- Water 6,23 g
- Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
- Carotene, beta 28 mcg
- The hill 8.8 mg
- lycopene 0 mcg
Health Benefits of Nutmeg
Since Roman and Greek civilizations, nutmeg has been used as a remedy for various diseases and to improve overall health. Helps eliminate congestion in colds, stimulates the cardiovascular system, helps in detoxification and works as a tonic for the brain.
1. Skin Health
The topical application of nutmeg paste mixed with water or honey does wonders for shiny skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and promote hydration, as well as reduce acne and boil marks.
2. Oral Health
Due to its antibacterial properties, nutmeg oil is used in many toothpastes because it reduces the buildup of bacteria in the mouth thus treating halitosis. As an antiseptic, which cures toothache and gum problems.
3. Alleviate the Pain
Nutmeg is used in Chinese medicine to treat abdominal pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Nutmeg oil is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps , muscle and joint pain.
Incorporating nutmeg daily cooking reduces pain associated with wounds, injuries and chronic inflammation in arthritis . External application of nutmeg powder with sesame oil relieves rheumatic pains, neuralgias and sciatica.
4. Digestive Health
Nutmeg helps in effectively treating problems related to digestion like diarrhea, constipation , bloating and flatulence . Nutmeg powder mixed with apple juice or a banana is an effective home remedy for diarrhea caused by indigestion. The Nutmeg Mix works as a digestive tonic for promoting peristalsis and secretion of various gastric juices and enzymes.
5. Promotes Liver and Kidney Health
It helps in detoxifying the kidneys and liver, and improves the overall functioning and efficiency of these two organs. Nutmeg also reduces the incidence of kidney stones.
6. Brain Health
Nutmeg oil works as a brain booster, improving blood flow to the brain and improving concentration. It contains compounds such as myristicin and macelignane that reduce the degeneration of neuronal pathways and cognitive function that afflict those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Another of the lesser known qualities of nutmeg is its possible use against cancer cells. Studies have shown that a certain methanolic compound in nutmeg and its essential oil can actually induce cell death (apoptosis) in leukemia cells, thereby stopping the spread and metastasis of this terrible variety of cancer that commonly affects children.
8. Remedy to treat insomnia
Nutmeg is a food rich in magnesium, which reduces nervous tension and stimulates the release of serotonin, which works as a sleep inducer, relieving people from insomnia. Drinking a glass of milk with nutmeg before bedtime is effective in treating insomnia.
9. Detoxify the Body
Nutmeg acts as a tonic in many different ways, and therefore increases the overall health of your body. More specifically, in terms of liver and kidney, where many of the toxins are stored and accumulated in the body, nutmeg can help eliminate them.
It literally cleans those organs of all toxins that can be stored there from natural alcohol, drugs, pollution, food, or toxins. In addition, the active ingredients help nutmeg to dissolve kidney stones, and generally increase the function and efficiency of kidney and liver.
10. Blood Pressure and Circulation
The mineral content of nutmeg means that it is valuable in terms of maintaining the function of the organ. Potassium is a vasodilator, which relaxes blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure and reducing stress in the cardiovascular system. In addition, it facilitates the absorption of nutrients from food, so the digestion of an efficient and rapid process.Calcium found in nutmeg can improve bone health, contributing to repair and growth, while relieving the symptoms of osteoporosis. Finally, iron content can increase your red blood cell count and reduce your chances of developing symptoms of iron deficiency, also known as anemia.
Recipe with nutmeg :
Garnished walnut and french fries
- 2 large potatoes, cut into thick pieces ¼ inch
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- Olive oil and honey for drizzle
How to use?
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Place sliced potatoes in a baking dish. Sprinkle little olive oil on top.
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg Sprinkle.
- Sprinkle the honey over the potato pieces.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Allow the slices to cool before serving.
Caution when using Nutmeg :
- While nutmeg plays an important role in boosting overall health, a large dose ie 30 grams of nutmeg can be toxic, resulting in disorientation, double vision and seizures.
- Side effects such as thirst, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and abdominal pain may occur in some people.
- In pregnant women, nutmeg can cause miscarriages or birth defects and should be avoided.