9. Aids Detoxification
Proper detoxification is important for good health. To aid detoxification and improve the function of your liver, nutmeg is very beneficial.
Nutmeg helps cleanse the liver and kidneys of toxins as well as strengthen their functioning.
Its high antioxidant content helps activate enzymes in the liver that help remove toxic compounds. Also, the magnesium in it is required for detoxifying cells. It also helps detoxify metals from the body.
10. Antibacterial Agent
Nutmeg powder has strong antibacterial properties and thus can help treat several types of bacterial infections. It contains a type of oil known as myristic acid, which has inhibitory effects on several types of bacteria.
In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that all of the constituents isolated from nutmeg powder to have antibacterial properties.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology reports that nutmeg contains about 32 compounds that are possible contributor for antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of nutmeg.
To enjoy the antibacterial properties of nutmeg, just add a pinch of nutmeg powder to a glass of lukewarm water or milk and drink it once daily.
- Do not take nutmeg in excess as it can be toxic in large doses. Do not take more than ½ teaspoon a day.
- Excess intake can produce psychoactive effects and lead to problems like agitation, hallucinations, and nutmeg intoxication. It can also cause side effect like intense nausea, vominting, diarrhea, palpitation, dizziness, and dry mouth.
- Store this spice in an airtight container and away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight to avoid loss of aroma and flavor.