Nutmeg is a popular spice made from the seeds of Myristica fragrans, a tropical evergreen tree native to Indonesia
It can be found in whole-seed form but is most often sold as a ground spice.
It has a warm, slightly nutty flavor and is often used in desserts and curries, as well as drinks like mulled wine and chai tea.
Although it’s more commonly used for its flavor than its health benefits, nutmeg contains an impressive array of powerful compounds that may help prevent disease and promote your overall health.
Medicinal Claims / Health Benefits
Nutmeg benefits are many. Nutmeg is found to have health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, Premature ejaculation, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.
Possible Side Effects / Allergies etc.
Large dosage (30 grams which is about 6 tablespoons a day) of nutmeg can be toxic, producing disorientation, double vision and convulsions, but these side effect will not be produced even with generous amount in culinary usage. During pregnancy and breast-feeding, Nutmeg is unsafe in doses larger than amounts found in foods. In pregnant women, they may cause miscarriages or birth defects.