Nutmeg improves blood circulation
Nutmeg consists of the Myristica fragrans tree seed , although cultivated worldwide in places with tropical and humid climate, is native to the Indonesian region. Nutmeg has in most of its composition fats and essential oils, for example myristicin, safrole, eugenol, elemycin, as well as starch, cellulose and minerals. Nutmeg is widely used by the food industry because it is a condiment with particular characteristics that accentuate the aroma, flavor and color of the preparations and, in health, since it has a high concentration of chemical elements with great antioxidant capacity, besides
Benefits of nutmeg
Due to its essential oils, minerals and bioactive compounds, studies show the potential positive effects of nutmeg on:
The central nervous system, providing light a sedative and anxiolytic effect, mainly due to the myristic and elemicina compounds that have activities related to the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Improved blood circulation, since eugenol has properties that relax the musculature, promoting vasodilation and increase of blood flow to the tissues, thus bringing more nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
The gas appliance as the nutmeg has been shown to have positive effects on the control of the symptoms of diseases affecting intestinal segments, such as Crohn's disease, in which nutmeg extract has been shown to reduce the inflammatory process and episodes of diarrhea. > Although still preliminary, nutmeg has been shown to act as an antioxidant, significantly reducing the formation of new blood vessels and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, denoting a possible benefit of compounds present in nutmeg as an adjuvant in the treatment of cancer .
Spice is also a source of minerals such as manganese and copper, used by the body as cofactors for the activity of antioxidant enzymes. Potassium, an important element in body fluids that contributes to the control of blood pressure and heart rate and iron, essential for the production of red blood cells, are also present in nutmeg.
Other benefits related to nutmeg they fall back on their antibacterial properties, presenting a modulatory effect on the proliferation and production of toxins of certain bacteria, being thus used by the industry in the production of soaps, toothpaste and cosmetics.
Care when consuming nutmeg
Nutmeg is that consumption, in large quantities, can cause adverse health effects. Case reports of accidental intoxication with nutmeg have already been described in the literature and the compound named myristicin (which also occurs in other vegetables in varying amounts) and safrole, both belonging to a However, it is known that much more than is customarily used in cooking preparations for the manifestation of symptoms which may range from nausea, dizziness, palpitations and sweating, and may cause hallucinations and in severe cases to coma.
In special situations such as gestation and lactation, there is currently insufficient evidence of the safety of nutmeg. Possibly in amounts greater than those usually found in preparations, it is not considered safe in pregnant women and infants, since the side effects from excessive consumption could also affect the fetus and the baby respectively, as well as having a potential abortifacient effect.
Recommended amount of nutmeg
The usual consumption in cooking preparations involving nutmeg hardly reaches the recommended maximum limit - not yet fully established - however it is advisable to limit consumption of up to 2 teaspoons to an individual dependent on weight, age and individual susceptibility. An entire nutmeg would amount to about 3 teaspoons of the milled version. In general, in order to emphasize the flavor, aroma and color characteristics of a preparation, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg is used for 4 people.
How to consume nutmeg
Nutmeg presents versatility of applications, combining both sweet preparations such as cakes, biscuits, tarts and vanilla-flavored creams, such as broths and soups, sauces, curry dishes, and even classic cocktails such as the American eggnog. > Another suggestion is to use the nutmeg sprinkled in drinks, such as coffees, in order to enrich its flavor. Basically, nutmeg can be found in two forms: powdered, ready for use, or whole nutmeg. It is advisable for the presentation in powder, the use in a short period of time, so that it does not lose the properties of flavor and aroma, coming from the volatile essential oils that can be lost with the contact with the oxygen. If the option is to use the whole nutmeg, it is recommended to grate the walnut at the time of finishing the dishes, to provide the best of its characteristics.
For storage, it is important to keep the nutmeg powder or whole) in an airtight container, kept away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight. As with other spices, freezing is not recommended in order to preserve the particular taste and aroma.
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