Nutmeg benefits, Effects and Uses
Use, Effects of Nutmeg and benefits
Nutmeg (Mystica Fragrans) is always used in foods, especially in desserts in India. It is considered as a precious herb because of the enormous medicinal properties of its seeds.
The most important thing in the use of Nutmeg, as a small dose it does not produce any side effects. Effects of Nutmeg include a narcotic effect when taken in large doses. One word of advice will be to enjoy the Nutmeg benefits and not to abuse it. It is one of the many herbal supplements that has plenty of uses.
Nutmeg is aromatic, stimulant, sleep inducing, carminative, intoxicating, digestive tonic and is also an aphrodisiac. Islamic scholars from historical times described nutmeg as stimulating, intoxicating, digestive tonic and as an aphrodisiac. Dr. Paracelsus Loni cerus and Mathiolus in their research on Nutmeg described it as a gastric tonic.
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Nutmeg contains volatile oil 2.8 P.C; a fixed oil, proteids, fat, starch, mucilage and ash. Mace contains a volatile oil 8 to 17 P.C. (Identical with that obtained from the kernel), a fixed oil, resin, fat, sugar, destrin and mucilage. The fixed oil which is called “butter of nutmeg” consists of myristin and myristic acid and a potion of an essential oil. Essential oil contains myristicene and myristicol.
Myristicin is a phenylpropene, a natural organic compound present in small amount in the essential oil of Nutmeg. Myristicin found in Nutmeg has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease and it is useful in improving memory.
Nutmeg benefits include, help to combat asthma. In Homeopathy it is used to treat anxiety and depression. In Chinese medicine it is used to treat impotency and liver diseases. Researchers proved that ‘Nutmeg’ has an ability to enhance man’s virility.
One study has shown that the compound maceligan isolated from Myristica – fragrans may exert anti-microbial activity against streptococcus mutants. Ref: Journal of Pharmacy Research 2009.
Nutmeg seed contains 20% to 40% of a fixed oil commonly called Nutmeg butter. This oil contains myristic acid,trymiristin and glycerides of lauric tridecanoic, stearic and palmitic acids. Experiments have evaluated the antioxidant potential of the oils of Nutmeg and its chemical components Eugenol and mace lignans, as well as the phenolic content. All the above have been identified as components of Nutmeg gives it, the antioxidant activity.
As far as the Use of Nutmeg, it has the ability to enhance man’s virility. Myristica-fragrans is an ingredient used in many sex tonics for treating debility, impotency and spermatorrhoea. A study which measured the effects of lauric acid and finasteride on rats with testosterone induced hyperplasia found that all three decreased the enlargement of prostate with mystric acid being more effective than lauric acid. Ref : Veeresh Babu.
Nutmeg is closely allied to Clove and Cinnamon and all 3 can be substituted for one another. A small pinch of the simple powder of Nutmeg mixed in milk can help control diarrhea. It can safely be administrated in Delirium Tremens, insomnia. Nutmeg is reported to be an expectorant, vermifuge and used by the psychiatrists as a nervine. Nutmeg possesses aromatic stimulating properties and is occasionally used to remove flatulence, correcting nausea and more.
The effects of Nutmeg, when combined with other herbs are valuable for people with stress and sleep problems. When combined they have a synergistic benefit. One such product to try in the market is this natural sleep aid.
Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only.