Nutmeg powder has a number of health benefits. Not only is it a common spice made from the kernel of an exotic fruit, but it also has antibacterial properties and contains ingredients that can help improve memory, benefit the heart, relax muscles and aid with digestion. So if your only encounter with nutmeg is during the holiday season, check out some of the amazing health benefits associated with this spice, lets take a look!
Good For Acne:
If you suffer from acne or have acne scars, try mixing a little with water or honey into a paste. Apply it to the skin like a mask or use like a scrub and your skin will benefit. Nutmeg has ant-inflammatory components that will help reduce the redness and puffiness associated with pimples. It will help remove blackheads, make scars less noticeable and make your skin smoother.
Nutmeg And Sex Drive:
Looking to stay away from prescribed medications to bring euphoria back into the bedroom, Yes, one of the many health benefits is its aphrodisiac effects. Researchers have found that at low dosages it is capable of increasing sexual activity, increasing both libido and potency in men. Before you go dowsing yourself in this little spice, you should be aware that at higher doses, nutmeg does have adverse effects and can cause heart palpitations and nausea.
Liver And Kidney Detox:
As individuals with type 1 diabetes we all know how vitally important it is to protect our kidneys. Detoxification is an important factor of good health (anyone remember me talking about alkalizing ;-)). Diet, pollution, stress, tobacco, medication and other external substances can lead to the build-up of toxins in your organs. The liver and kidney are two of the organs where this toxic build-up usually develops. As a tonic, nutmeg can clean your liver and kidney and remove these toxins. If you are suffering from a liver disease then nutmeg can also be beneficial. Nutmeg is also effective in preventing and dissolving kidney stones. When your liver and kidney are successfully detoxified, they can perform their function better.
Did you know that this spice is also a mild sedative, anti-anxiety and pain-relieving benefits by virtue of its
constituent compounds myristicin and elemicin, according to “100 Best Health Foods.” A laboratory animal study published in the Spring 2006 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that nutmeg exerted significant antidepressant effects. In the study, doses of 10 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of nutmeg extract increased mobility. Researchers concluded that nutmeg’s antidepressant benefits may arise from its activation of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
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