Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Nutmeg arrived in Europe by Portuguese sailors in 1512, who took it from Banda islands. In these years people used to believe that this spice was a multidrug and it could cure 138 diseases! In the 16th century nutmeg was one of the most expensive spices in Europe.
Despite the fact that nutmeg cannot cure 138 diseases, has many other properties beneficial to the human body. This spice is a medicine for nausea, vomiting, indigestion and diarrhea! Also, the consumption of it can reduce the glucose levels in blood. Moreover, it is a natural antidepressant! Nutmeg can be toxic in large quantities.
Nutmeg is very common in Mediterranean cuisine and it is one of the most common aromatic ingredient. It can be added in meat, sausages, sauces and some liquors. Moreover, nutmeg is used in confectionery. At last, it is used at soap industry and perfumery.
February 2, 2015
Health Benefits of Nutmeg
Learn AboutNutmegBenefits Health Benefits One of the components of nutmeg is a compound similar to menthol, which has natural pain-relieving characteristics. Therefore, by adding nutmeg as a spice in your cooking, you can reduce associated pain from wounds, injuries, strains, and chronic inflammation from conditions like arthritis. When you grind nutmeg into a powder, it [...]
January 30, 2015
Mythology – Nutmeg
Learn AboutNutmegMythology First brought to Europe from the Banda Islands by Portuguese sailors in 1512, nutmeg gained the reputation of a cure-all and was widely eaten as a tonic. It was even taken erroneously to procure abortions and was claimed as a cure for the plague. Known as rou dou kou in China, it has [...]
February 12, 2015
Side Effects of Nutmeg
Learn AboutNutmegSide Effects Nutmeg is possibly safe when taken by mouth and used appropriately. Nutmeg is a commonly used spice in foods. It is possibly unsafe to take nutmeg in doses larger than amounts found in foods and for long periods of time. Long-term use of nutmeg in doses of 120 mg or more daily has been linked [...]