HEALTHY LIVING

5 Benefits of nutmeg spice

The spice can be found as a whole seed form or as a ground spice.

In Summary

• The spice can be found as a whole seed form or as a ground spice.

• Nutmeg is native to Indonesia.

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We all know nutmeg can be used in baking cakes and cookies, soups, curry, coffee and even in teas.

However, this spice native to Indonesia goes from not only adding flavour but also having a lot of health benefits.

The spice can be found as a whole seed form or as a ground spice in supermarkets or soko’s.

Nutmeg can also be used in cakes
Nutmeg can also be used in cakes
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  1. Nutmeg may boost libido

In South Asia, nutmeg was used to treat sexual disorders and had the same effect on mating behaviour as Viagra.

Experts however are not sure how exactly the spice enhances libido, but they suggest it is due to its ability to stimulate the nervous system.

  1. It can treat diarrhoea, nausea and ease digestion

Swallowing a pinch of nutmeg powder with honey can help control crazy diarrhoea.

Nutmeg has been shown to thicken loose stools while promoting the digestive fire.

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  1. It boosts your immune system

Nutmeg has antioxidant properties that protect your cells from free radicals in your body.

When free radical levels become too high in your body, oxidative stress occurs. It may contribute to the onset and progression of certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and even arthritis.

It is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that may help ease inflammation and help those with inflammatory conditions.

Its anti-cancerous properties have been shown to kill leukaemia cells.

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  1. It has anti-ageing properties.

Since it promotes circulation and fights free radicals in the body, nutmeg also activates your dead cells which may boost renewal and growth, preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. It has antibacterial properties

Nutmeg has been shown to act on some potentially harmful bacteria related to oral health issues and also inhibit the growth of E.coli bacteria.  

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