Nutmeg is the seed produced by the Myristica fragrans evergreen tree, widely found in tropical areas of the world. The seeds themselves are small but they have a long list of associated health benefits. Nutmeg is a delicate, slightly sweet spice that is used in many foods around the world due to its unique flavor. Some of its beneficial components include potassium, iron, manganese, thiamin, folate, magnesium, copper and vitamins including B1, B6, and others. Other than having a warm flavor that warms the heart, the other benefits of nutmeg are as follows.
1. Boosts Brain Health: One of the lesser known benefits of adding nutmeg to your diet are the various components of its essential oil, called myristicin and macelignan. These compounds have been proven to reduce the degradation of neural pathways and cognitive function that commonly afflicts people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown myristicin and macelignan slow those effects, and keep your brain functioning at a normal, healthy level.
2. Fights Insomnia: If you have difficulty sleeping at night, nutmeg can help you enjoy sound sleep. Its sedative and calming properties work as a natural sleep aid. Nutmeg has a high content of magnesium, an essential mineral in the body that reduces nerve tension, and even stimulates the release of serotonin which creates a feeling of relaxation or sedation. This serotonin is changed to melatonin in the brain, which is a sleep inducer, relieving people of their problems with insomnia and restlessness at night.
3. Detoxifies the Body: Nutmeg acts as a tonic in many different ways and therefore boosts the overall health of your body. More specifically, in terms of liver and kidney, where many of the toxins are stored and accumulated from the body, nutmeg can help eliminate them. It cleans those organs out of all the toxins that may be stored there from alcohol, drugs, pollution, food, or natural organic toxins. Moreover, active ingredients in nutmeg help to dissolve kidney stones, and increase overall function and efficiency of the kidney and liver.
4. Boosts Immunity: Nutmeg can also give your immune system a boost. It enhances your immunity due to the presence of minerals and vitamins that contribute to its antioxidant action. Antioxidants help protect your body from free-radical damage, which can otherwise have a negative impact on your immunity and make it hard for your body to fight off illnesses.