Nutmeg’s health benefits are amazing. But it’s more popular for its commercial use.
Nutmeg is a ground spice that is commercially used as a source of essential oils and nutmeg butter.
Here is my list of the health benefits of nutmeg. These are some of the health benefits I’ve read and collected online.
1. Nutmeg Is Rich In Vitamins And Minerals
Nutmeg is rich in nutrients.
Some of these mineral nutrients are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
Among the vitamins that nutmeg contains are vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin A.
2. Is A Good Source Of Antioxidants
Nutmeg contains plant compounds that act as antioxidants in your body.
It contains cyanidins, phenylpropanoids, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and protocatechuic acid.
Test-tube studies have shown that nutmeg’s antioxidant properties have significant effects against free radicals.
Antioxidants in your body help in preventing cellular damage and protecting you from chronic diseases.
3. Nutmeg Helps Relieve Pain
According to an article in the US National Library of Medicine, nutmeg oil has been seen to have analgesic effects and is a chronic pain reliever.
Another study from the Food and Nutrition Research journal stated that using nutmeg oil has a better effect on inflammatory pain compared to other pain relievers like diclofenac.
This study was conducted on rats.
In the same study, it also shows that nutmeg oil is very effective that it can also alleviate joint swelling as well as mechanical allodynia.
Mechanical allodynia is an intense pain caused even by a light touch.
You can apply nutmeg oil in the affected body parts if you’re suffering from arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, and other sores in your body.
4. May Relieve Insomnia
It is said that nutmeg has sedative properties that help with health issues like insomnia.
Nutmeg’s magnesium content aids in relaxing neurotransmitters that allow your mind to rest. This means that it can also improve your sleep quality.
Drinking warm milk and a pinch of nutmeg may help you with your insomnia and sleeplessness.
This traditional homebrew has been used for generations.
5. Nutmeg Assists In Good Digestion
Nutmeg has been known to have certain properties that can help you with different digestive problems.
It can treat indigestion and stomach ulcers.
Nutmeg is also a good way to relieve diarrhea. You can either use it topically on your stomach or add it with ginger in cold water and drink it.
It is also rich in dietary fibers that enhance bowel movements.
In a pharmacological study, nutmeg was able to reduce loose stools. It can be said that nutmeg has good antidiarrheal effects.
6. Helps In Detoxification
Nutritionists may recommend natural means to detoxify your body.
Using spices like nutmeg may help promote liver health against environmental pollution, medications, an unbalanced diet, and stress.
7. Nutmeg May Assist In Kidney Health
Nutmeg is said to have diuretic properties.
This can promote proper urination to release excess water, salt, and toxins in your body. This results in better health for your kidneys.
There are also studies that suggest adding nutmeg in your food to help dissolve kidney stones.
8. May Enhance Brain Health
According to this article, nutmeg may have a therapeutic effect that prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
The study was conducted on rats to show the effects of neuroprotective properties of nutmeg oil.
It showed that nutmeg contains volatile oils like elemicin, eugenol, and myristicin. These help increase the levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in the hippocampus of rats.
The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is associated with memory and spatial navigation. It’s responsible for recording and retrieving information in the brain.
9. Nutmeg Improves Dental Health
The antibacterial qualities in nutmeg are great for your dental health.
It has the ability to inhibit certain bacteria that can cause periodontitis and tooth decay.
Nutmeg contains menthol extracts that help prevent dental caries and tooth decay.
Macelignan is an antibacterial agent in nutmeg that helps with stopping the bacteria that causes a cavity.
Even using nutmeg oil topically may help relieve your toothache.
10. May Aid In Liver Protection
A study conducted on mice showed that nutmeg is a good source of myrislignan which may help in treating liver injuries.
In the study, researchers first administered thioacetamide to the mice. Thioacetamide is a chemical compound that causes liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.
The mice were then treated with nutmeg. They noticed that the nutmeg extracts were able to lower the hepatic inflammation and the activity of free radicals in the liver.
Although more studies should still be conducted on this, it still looks very promising especially for people who are suffering from liver diseases.
11. Nutmeg Lowers Bad Cholesterol Levels
A study using albino rats showed nutmeg as having hypolipidemic effects. This means that using nutmeg significantly reduced the LDL cholesterol levels of the rats in the study sample.
Another study stated that the nutmeg seed extracts help in lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
12. Enhances Blood Circulation
Nutmeg contains potassium that helps in the relaxation of your blood vessels. This allows for proper blood circulation and regulation of blood pressure levels.
Traditional and herbal medicine has used nutmeg to regulate blood pressure levels for years.
13. Nutmeg Treats Acne
Nutmeg has good antibacterial properties that can fight acne-causing bacteria effectively.
You can consume nutmeg regularly or make a paste out of it and apply it on the acne scar.
14. May Enhance Sex Drive
A study was conducted on male rats showed that the rats given with nutmeg doses experienced a significant increase in sexual activity and performance.
Researches are not sure of the main reason behind it but they speculate that it may be because of nutmeg’s ability to stimulate the nervous system.
More research on humans should still be done though to check for the same relevant results.
15. Nutmeg May Help Fight Depression
Nutmeg helps make you feel happy and positive. This can help prevent anxiety and depression.
Consuming this spice helps release dopamine. It can induce a feeling of positivity.
Cardamom is an herb that’s great in treating symptoms of depression. I have an article here of cardamom’s health benefits if you would like to check it out.
There are many health benefits you can get from nutmeg.
But you should still be careful at overconsuming it. I noticed some precautions about consuming it. I’ll make another article about nutmeg’s side effects in the future.
For now, my favorite nutmeg health benefit is that it’s a good natural way to relieve pain. What’s yours?
Ask first your doctor or health professional if you’re thinking of adding nutmeg in your diet or thinking seriously of consuming it for its health benefits.
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