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Health Benefits of Nutmeg

 

Differentiating Nutmeg and Mace:

2 Spices Obtained from the Same Fruit:

 Nutmeg or the exotic Jaayphal as we know it in Hindi is the spice which is obtained from the seed of a number of trees which belong to the genus, Myristica in the plant kingdom. The particular family of trees is native to the rain forest in the spice islands of Indonesia.

 Mace, which is known by the name of Javitri in Hindi, is the spice which is obtained from the dried laces form the covering of the same seed. Thus making the tropical fruit the only one of its kind from which two individual spices could be obtained.

 

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 Nutrition Content in Nutmeg:

 Nutmeg is one of those rare spices which contains saturated fats and some traces of sodium, both of which are not particularly good for the health. Otherwise it is rich in minerals namely - Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Copper. It also has sufficient quantities of Vitamin A, C and B6. 

 

Healthy Benefits of Nutmeg:

 Both Nutmeg as well as Mace are boosted with a number of plant derived anti-oxidants, which promote our well-being by neutralizing the harmful free radicals - undigested food remains.

 Nutmeg consists of a number of volatile essential oils which impart their characteristic taste and aroma and inherent benefits to the spice. Among the essential oils contained in Nutmeg are - trimyristin, myristicin, eugenol, elemicin and safrole. Also contained are pinene, camphene, cineole, linaloolm dioentene, sabionene and terpineol.

 These essential oils contain a number of bio-active compounds which finds application as a remedy for number of ailments as per the ancient ayurvedic practices. Nutmeg is used in the treatment of fungal infection, to alleviate depression, as an aid to digestion, as an aphrodisiac and for its carminative properties.

 The ancient Chinese and the Indians were able to isolate certain oils from the spice which were used to treat ailments related to the nervous and the digestive system.

 Eugenol, an important compound contained in the essential oil of nutmeg has long been used by dentists to provide relief from tooth ache. It could also be used for a massage in order to provide relief to sore muscles and inflamed joints.

 The mineral rich spice reinforces your cardiovascular health and also has a stabilizing effect on your blood pressure.    

 A concoction prepared by boiling nutmeg in boiling water has long been used as a domestic remedy for nausea, gastrointestinal ailments and indigestion.

 

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By

Abhro Bhattacharjee


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