6 Health Benefits of Nutmeg, Jaiphal
Nutmeg also called as jaiphal in Hindi is the oval-shaped hard seed of Myristica fragrans plant. It shows its presence in many Indian desserts along with Indian Garam Masala and some gravies too. Internationally, nutmeg is usually associated with sweet, spicy dishes like pies, puddings, custards, cookies and spice cakes.
Whole nutmeg should be compact and free of any blemishes. You need to store this spice in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place so that it retains its colour and aroma. It is usually powdered and used in very small quantities due to its over-powering aroma and flavor. However the spice has a few health benefits. Let’s look into its nutrition facts in detail.
Nutritional value of Nutmeg, Jaiphal
One tablespoon (7 grams) of nutmeg, jaiphal contains:
3.5 g carbohydrates
0.4 g protein
2.5 g fat
1.5 g fiber
6 Health Benefits of Nutmeg, Jaiphal
Interested in knowing its health benefits? Here are some them listed here:
- Induces Sleep: Many studies in the past have shown nutmeg as an effective measure to treat insomnia. Nutmeg with milk had just before bed time induces sleep. Soothing Sleep Inducer is the perfect drink using a powder made with nutmeg, almond and saffron which is mixed with milk.
Soothing Sleep Inducer Drink
- Relieves Pain: Nutmeg oil has the power to dismiss pain when rubbed on inflamed area especially in case of inflammatory diseases like arthritis. However it is advisable to consult your doctor before its use.
- Maintain Skin Health: Jaiphal’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial property has made it a good option for skin and face. More than consuming nutmeg in some form, nutmeg powder if rubbed in milk, applied on face and allowed to dry for at least an hour, gives a refreshing feel and a glowing skin. You can also mix jaiphal powder with honey and use it as a scrub on the face. Try and experience a soft and supple skin that you would love to touch.
- Overcomes Bad Breath: Bad breath is a result of overload of bacteria and nutmeg with its essential oils exhibits its anti-bacterial property and helps to overcome Halitosis. Macelignan, a chemical found in nutmeg, can also help prevent tooth cavities. Probably for the same reason nutmeg also shows its presence in some toothpaste.
- Promotes Digestion: Its high fiber is the main nutrient here. It promotes digestion by helping in easy bowel movements. But nutmeg in the form of cakes and pastries will negate its effect because the excess sugar in it will make digestion difficult.
- Maintains Blood Pressure: Small quantity of nutmeg may also act as a vasodilator (relax the blood vessels) and maintain blood pressure. A controlled BP would also not put excess strain on the heart.
FAQ’s on Nutmeg
Q. Is continuous use of Nutmeg for enhancing sleep a good option?
A. It is true that nutmeg helps treat insomnia, but its continuous use may show some side effects and moreover your body might consider it as a sedative drug to induce sleep daily. So do not make it a habit.
Q. How much nutmeg is Safe?
A. It is not recommended to use more than 5 g of nutmeg, however we would say restrict yourself to less than this quantity also. More than 30 g of nutmeg is considered as unsafe and may show signs like diarrhea, bloating, nausea, vomiting and headache.
Q. Is nutmeg safe during Pregnancy and Breast feeding?
A. Considering its sedative effect, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers are advised to not include nutmeg in their diet.
Q. Can Nutmeg be beneficial to brain?
A. Nutmeg contains essential oil, called myristicin and macelignan may stimulate brain function and help fight depression and anxiety. However how quantity does the wonder is yet to be researched. Consult your doctor before consuming nutmeg.
Q. Is Nutmeg good as sleep inducer for children?
A. No. We would recommend keeping nutmeg out of reach of children, especially the age-old practice of rubbing nutmeg in mother’s milk and feeding to newborns to induce sleep.
Q. Can nutmeg help to treat Acne?
A. Yes nutmeg will honey or milk can be used as a face pack to add glow to your skin and ward off pimples. Try on a small patch to begin with and if no redness or allergy is found then go ahead with it.
Q. Is there any substitute for nutmeg in cooking?
A. Yes, mace a spice from the same plant as nutmeg can be used a substitute to nutmeg in cooking.
Q. Does jaiphal help in weight loss?
A. Not much evidence has been found in this field, though research is yet on.
Takeaway: Use nutmeg wisely sparingly in small quantities and enjoy its woody flavor in cooking.