We’re just nuts for nutmeg. And really, why shouldn’t we be? Nutmeg has all the qualifications to bring just the right amount of spice (and health) into your life. Here’s how you can start incorporating this sweet-spice into your daily meal plan.
Reminiscent of holiday time and the enticing taste of eggnog, nutmeg uses come varied and delicious—particularly if you’re a fan of yummy breakfasts.
For a tasty little something-extra, try sprinkling some ground nutmeg on:
- Scrambled eggs and omelets
- French toast
It’s also worth your while to incorporate a sprinkle or two of nutmeg (we recommend around 1/4 of a teaspoon) into a variety of baked goods like muffins and pies.
Of course, the uses of nutmeg are hardly limited to the above ideas, as we’ll soon see.
Nutmeg Health Benefits
To be sure, there wouldn’t be much point in reaching for the nutmeg unless it came with some notable health benefits.
Note: the first thing to remember here is that nutmeg is to be consumed in small amounts. It’s not recommended that you eat more than a teaspoon or two at a time.
The concept of nutmeg as medicine is nothing new under the sun. The sweet-spice actually has a history of being utilized in traditional Chinese medicine (where it’s been enlisted in the treatment of health conditions such as gastrointestinal illness).
Two Research Sources
Journal of Proteome Study
The concept of nutmeg as health booster is hardly limited to traditional modes of medicine. The insight promoting the sweet-spice’s health benefits is also borne out by contemporary science.
From its outset, a study that appeared in the Journal of Proteome Research explicitly acknowledges previous research pointing to nutmeg as an exhibitor of hepatoprotective activity (hepatoprotective is a word that means “having the ability to prevent damage to the liver”).
Researchers found that nutmeg extract protected against liver damage by:
- Allowing for the recovery of serum transaminases (an enzyme that is normally present in liver and heart cells, and is released into the blood when the liver or heart is damaged).
- Decreasing hepatic oxidative stress.
- Lowering hepatic inflammation.
A Harvard Health article also included nutmeg in an article inviting its readers to spice up their holidays with a list of brain-healthy seasonings.
Research suggests “a nutrient found in nutmeg may help slow cognitive decline in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and promote the recovery of brain tissue following a stroke.”
Talk about a net health gain!
The article then goes on to establish a connection between sleep issues and the sweet-spice, by noting that—when sprinkled in warm milk—nutmeg may help aid sleep induction in sufferers.
Nutmeg Nutrient List
Nutmeg nutrition includes a high concentration of manganese and copper. These two minerals offer up superoxide dismutase, an antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress inside cells.
Nutmeg is also a spice rich in vitamins A and C, so sprinkle it liberally on your favorite fall dishes!