Nutmeg Health Benefits, Nutrition and Spice Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Nutmeg Spice

  • Nutmeg contains powerful antibacterial properties. The spice is good at eliminating cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Similar to cloves, nutmeg offers eugenol, which very much benefiting the heart.
  • Myristicin present in nutmeg can stop an enzyme in our brain that leads to Alzheimer's disease. It is commonly used to enhance memory.
  • The spice is helpful to eliminate flatulence, help digestive function and boost appetite.
  • Nutmeg is treated as an aphrodisiac in Arab countries,.
  • This wonderful spice helps prevent asthma.
  • Nutmeg is also good for relaxing muscles.
  • The spice has 10% volatile oil that is either light yellow or colorless. The oil is acquired through the steam distillation process of ground nutmeg. Other than being added in cough syrups, toothpastes, cosmetic and perfumes, nutmeg oil is combined with almond oil to alleviate rheumatic pain externally.
  • Nutmeg oil is effective on toothaches. The essential oil is added on cotton bud and put on the gums near the aching tooth. It is occasionally used to manage bad breath.
  • Nutmeg oil can be combined with honey to cure nausea, chronic diarrhea, gastroenteritis and stomach upset.
  • The spice is used in homoeopathy to relieve anxiety and depression.
  • Nutmeg is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat erectile dysfunction and liver ailment. 

Overview and Facts about Nutmeg Spice

Fresh Nutmeg Spice

Nutmeg (scientific name Myristica fragrans) is a wonderful spice obtained from Myristica genus plant, which has over 100 varieties native to the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Nutmeg comes from the seed, and the membrane that surrounds it is processed into the mace. Nutmeg is popular in many different dishes, and the volatile oil derived from the seed contains useful medicinal properties.

Nutmeg is often used in sweet foods in India, and is also made into garam masala along with other spice. It is also used to cook Japanese curries. Nutmeg often presents in savory dishes in Western Europe, such as soups, cheese sauces, as well as meat and potato dishes. 

Nutmeg Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutrition Information of 1 tablespoon (7 g) Ground  Nutmeg
Calories 37 kcal
Total Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 0 g


Nutmeg Recipe

Apple Cider Punch Recipe

3.8 liters apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
180 ml lemonade, frozen
180 ml orange Juice, frozen
6 cloves
6 allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 stick cinnamon

Wrap the allspice and cloves in cheesecloth, then heat the mixture. Make sure you stir occasionally.

Nutmeg High - Side Effects

Nutmeg is not safe when taken overdose. The nutmeg high effects include:
  • Constipation
  • Convulsions
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth and dehydration
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Skin irritation
  • Stomach spasms 

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