Nutmeg ( Jathikka )
- NET WEIGHT 250 GRAM
One of the components of nutmeg is similar to menthol, which has natural pain-relieving characteristics. Therefore, by adding it as a spice in your cooking, you can reduce the pain associated with wounds, injuries, strains, and chronic inflammation from conditions like arthritis.
When you grind nutmeg into a powder, it retains its fiber content, which can stimulate the digestive process by promoting peristaltic motion in the smooth muscles of the intestine. Also, it induces the secretion of various gastric and intestinal juices that ease the digestive process. Since fiber can bulk up the bowel movements, it also reduces the frequency and discomfort of constipation and other intestinal issues.
Improves Brain Health
One of the lesser known benefits of adding nutmeg in any variety to your diet are the various components of its essential oil, called myristicin and macelignan. These compounds have been proven to reduce the degradation of neural pathways and cognitive function that commonly afflicts people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that myristicin and macelignan slow those effects and keep your brain functioning at a normal, healthy level.
Detoxifies the Body
Nutmeg acts as a tonic in many different ways and, therefore, boosts the overall health of your body. More specifically, it can help eliminate the toxins stored and accumulated in the liver and kidney. It literally cleans those organs of all the toxins stored from sources like alcohol, drugs, pollution, or food. Furthermore, the active ingredients in nutmeg help dissolve kidney stones and increase overall function and efficiency of the kidney and liver.
In traditional medical applications, nutmeg was considered the king of spices when it came to oral health. The active antibacterial components present in it fight conditions like halitosis, also known as bad breath. It kills the bacteria that causes this embarrassing condition and boosts the immunity of your gums and teeth. This is why, nutmeg and its extracts are commonly found in toothpastes and mouthwashes, particularly in organic or herbal varieties.
For generations, nutmeg has been recommended as a home remedy for sleeplessness and insomnia. A pinch of nutmeg in warm milk always seems to do the trick. It has a high content of magnesium, an essential mineral in the body that reduces nerve tension, and even stimulates the release of serotonin, which creates a feeling of relaxation or sedation. This serotonin is changed to melatonin in the brain, which is a sleep inducer, thus relieving people of their problems with insomnia and restlessness at night. Nutmeg also has trace elements of narcotics, which have no dramatic effect unless taken in massive quantities. However, a small amount can help you release various neurotransmitters which, in turn, help induce relaxation and sleep.
Another of the lesser known qualities of nutmeg is its potential use against cancerous cells. Studies have shown that a certain methanolic compound in it and its essential oil can actually induce cell death (apoptosis) in leukemia cells, thereby stopping the spread and metastasis of this terrible variety of cancer that commonly afflicts children.
Although the exact mechanism is not fully understood, herbal and traditional medicines have long used nutmeg to boost the appearance and health of the skin. Most commonly, it is applied as a paste mixed with water, or even honey, which is also great for skin care. It can help reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin, promote hydration and a smooth appearance, as well as reduce the signs and marks from pox, boils, and acne.
The mineral content of nutmeg means that it is valuable in terms of maintaining organ function. Potassium is a vasodilator, which relaxes blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure and lowering the strain on the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, it facilitates the uptake of nutrients from food, making digestion an efficient and speedy process. The calciumfound in nutmeg can boost the health of your bones by contributing to repair and growth while relieving symptoms of osteoporosis. Finally, the iron content can boost your red blood cell count and reduce your chances of developing symptoms of iron deficiency, also known as anemia.