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7 Health Benefits Of Nutmeg

Last updated Dec. 27, 2018

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Nutmeg is a spice derived from several species of tree in the genus Myristica. To learn more, watch this video on the 7 Health Benefits Of Nutmeg.


Nutmeg is a spice derived from several species of tree in the genus Myristica. The most commercially used species is the Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree native to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. The slight sweeter flavor of nutmeg is perfect for soups, pastries, and savory dishes in cuisines from all over the world.

Here are 7 health benefits of nutmeg.

1.     Nutmeg can help detoxify your body.

The liver and kidneys can build up toxins from the diet, pollution, stress, tobacco, and medication. Nutmeg can clean your liver and kidneys, to remove toxins. The spice has also shown promise in preventing and dissolving kidney stones.

2.     Nutmeg can freshen your breath.

Nutmeg contains antibacterial properties known to treat halitosis or bad breath. Nutmeg can also treat gum problems and toothaches. A study, published in Biological Forum – An International Journal, showed the presence of sufficient biological compound like alkaloids, steroids, tannins, flavonoids, phenolics, glycosides in nutmeg oil could help suppress the growth of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts.

3.     Nutmeg could help treat insomnia symptoms.

Nutmeg possesses a high content of magnesium that could help reduce nerve tension and even stimulates the release of serotonin, creating a feeling of relaxation or sedation.

4.     Nutmeg can improve skin health.

Nutmeg can be used to make a paste, helping the skin reduce inflammation and skin irritation while promoting hydration and a smooth appearance. This method could contribute to reducing signs of pox, boils, and acne.

5.     Nutmeg could help your body fight against leukemia.

Nutmeg contains essential oils that can induce cell death in leukemia cells. This impedes the spread of cancer. Users must remember that natural foods are never a replacement for cancer therapies suggested by a medical doctor. They could complementary with the suggestions if approved.

6.     Nutmeg can improve mental function.

Nutmeg contains essential oils like myristicin and macelignan that have been proven to reduce the degradation of neural pathways and cognitive function that commonly affects individuals with either dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Also, in animal studies, nutmeg has been found to have antidepressant effects, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

7.     Nutmeg can help you with indigestion.

The fiber content in nutmeg can stimulate the digestive process, increase the secretion of gastric and intestinal juices, and reduce the frequency and discomfort of constipation.

WARNING: Many individuals have tried to duplicate the psychotropic, hallucinatory, or narcotic effects recreationally. Consuming an excessive amount of nutmeg can result in seizures, irregular heart palpitations, and vomiting.

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Reviewed and Approved by a member of the DoveMed Editorial Board
First uploaded: July 9, 2014
Last updated: Dec. 27, 2018