Nutmeg (जायफल) – A Spice Having Science Backed Benefits
Nutmeg is a tropical spice which is native to Indonesia. It can be found in whole-seed form but it is mostly used and sold as a ground spice. It has warm, nutty flavour and is used in many food items. It can be drunk in tea also. Though it is more commonly used for its flavour, yet it has so many health benefits and these are backed by the scientific researches.
Health Benefits of Nutmeg
Contains Powerful Antioxidants: Nutmeg is very small in size, but its benefits are not small. This small-sized spice has rich and so many benefits that it can be said to be a pharmacy in itself. It is rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are compounds that protect the body cells from any sort of damage from free radicals. When free radicals become too much in the body, oxidative stress increases. It might lead to cancer and many sorts of heart diseases. Thus consumption of nutmeg prevents one from all such sort of ailments.
Helps in Improving Digestion: Nutmeg has medicinal properties that help in improving digestion. Many people add nutmeg to their food to improve their digestive system.
Has Anti-inflammatory Properties: Inflammation may lead to many diseases and adverse health conditions, such as diabetes, heart diseases, and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties may lead to reducing inflammation in the body.
Enhances Sexual Wellness: Some studies on animals have shown that use of nutmeg enhances sex drive and performance. However, researchers are still not sure whether the use of nutmeg will have positive impact on human beings or not.
Has Antibacterial Properties: Nutmeg is found to have anti-bacterial properties. It is particularly effective against those bacteria that cause cavities and other problems of the gums.
Nutmeg has also been found effective to inhibit growth of such bacteria that can cause severe illness and even death in human beings.
A Good Anti-depressant: Nutmeg extract is a good anti-depressant.
Helps in Treating Insomnia: Nutmeg has properties that help in treating insomnia. A little of nutmeg added in a glass of milk before going to sleep can do wonders.
Good for Skin: Nutmeg has many benefits for skin and face. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It keeps the skin healthy, supple and free from blackheads. The best way to use this spice is to mix it with honey and apply on the skin and after few hours it should be scrub gently from the skin.
Helps in the Activity of Brain: Nutmeg works as an aphrodisiac. It stimulates the nerve cells in the brain. It has compounds in it that have calming effect on the brain. Nutmeg is a great reliever of stress.
Helps Regulate Blood Pressure and Improves Circulation of Blood: Nutmeg is rich in many minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese and iron. These minerals reduce stress and also regulate blood pressure.
Protects the Liver: Nutmeg can help treat liver disorders and other injuries. The extracts found in nutmeg are very useful in reducing inflammation of the liver. It removes toxins from the body, particularly from the liver.
Nutmeg has anti-carcinogenic Properties: Nutmeg is said to have chemo preventive properties. The chemical present in nutmeg can help to fight against the cancer.
Nutmeg is a very popular spice and is used in the kitchen for almost every cuisine. It can be paired with other spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to add taste to the food. Not only this when mixed with all such spices its therapeutic qualities increase too much.