Food & Drink, Spices

Health Benefits Of Nutmeg and Mace



Nutmeg ( myristica fragrans) is a hard shelled dried aromatic spherical seed of a tropical evergreen tree which grows up to 15 meters high, mace is the dried net-like covering she’ll of the seed. Nutmeg and mace both have various medicinal and culinary purposes, but the most common use of nutmeg worldwide is as a spice.

Mace, which is the outer covering shell has a more delicate flavor and is often used to prepare light dishes while the taste of nutmeg is slightly sweeter and is used to flavor many dishes.

  • Plant– myristica evergreen tree 15 meters tall
  • Origin– Bandali Island Indonesia
  • Method– removed, dried & ground
  • Scientific name– myristica fragrans

Nutritional values of 1 Tbsp  (7g) nutmeg

  • Calories – 37
  • Saturated fat – 9%
  • Dietary fiber – 6% 1.5 g
  • Magnesium – 3%

Health benefits of nutmeg and mace

Besides the aromatic and flavoring qualities of nutmeg and mace, it contains many other health benefits as well such as:

Helps treat conditions like;

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pains
  • Intestinal gas
  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Insomnia
  • Relieve pain
  • Toothache
  • Helps kill bacteria and fungi

Side effects of nutmeg

Nutmeg is normally safe if consumed according to the daily recommended intake guidelines which is 1-1/2 g or 1/2 tsp per day. Please note that excessive use of nutmeg is very risky to your health and could have the following side effects if taken in large amounts or for a prolonged time period.

  • Allergies
  • Vomiting
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations


  • The nutmeg tree is native to the Bandali Islands of Indonesia and produces 2 different species nutmeg and mace.
  • Nutmeg is a psycotropic and if consumed in high doses can cause hallucinations, delusion and an impending sense of doom.

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