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Nutmeg refers to the seed or ground spice of several species of the Myristica genus. Nutmeg is a popular spice, used sparingly in soups, stews, and even in some baked foods. Aside from the nutty flavour it adds to meals, it also has a ton of health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, and improve cognitive function etc. A few includes:

Pain Relief

Nutmeg is an effective sedative. It is a staple in ancient Chinese medicine. The Chinese used the spice to treat inflammation and abdominal pain. You can apply nutmeg oil if you are suffering from aching joints, muscle pains, arthritis, sores and other ailments. Gently massage oil into the affected areas.

Cure Insomnia

Adding a pinch of nutmeg powder to a glass of warm milk may give you a better sleep, since it can relax your body. Plus, this spice is rich in magnesium, which helps reduce nerve tension. Magnesium, also stimulates the release of serotonin, hence, creating a feeling of relaxation or sedation.

Keep Away Alzheimer

Nutmeg powder is known for its “brain sharpening” properties. Scientists have found myristicin and macelignan inside nutmeg. These substances have been proven to maintain the brain function. As a result, it can slow down the effects of dementia, or Alzheimer disease and prevent it in the first place.

Fights Depression and Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, nutmeg is a great natural treatment. The compounds, myristicin and elemicin in nutmeg, offer mild sedative and anti-anxiety benefits, by activating the neurotransmitters’ serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This also helps the body and mind cope with stress. A 2012 study published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, highlighted for the first time, the potential antidepressant activity of nutmeg. It found that the antidepressant-like activity might be due to the nutmeg’s modulatory effect on central monoamines. Mix the nutmeg powder with juice and drink it twice daily to calm the mind and relieve depression. Note: Avoid taking nutmeg in excess, as it tends to produce a “natural high”. Helps Digestion Nutmeg contains essential oils, which have a carminative effect on our system. So if you are suffering from digestive issues, such as diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or gas, a home remedy is to grate a pinch of nutmeg in your soups and stews, and have it. It will help in the secretion of digestive enzymes, bringing about relief, whereas, the fibre content in nutmeg will help in bowel movement. It also helps in removing excessive gas from the system.

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This article was first published on 26th January 2018


Amara Adanna Ogbonna is a Christian, foodie, and lover of arts. She spends most of her time on Facebook.

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