Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants, including phenolic compounds, essential oils, and plant pigments, all of which help prevent cellular damage and may protect against chronic diseases.
Nutmeg may reduce inflammation by inhibiting certain inflammatory enzymes.
Some animal research suggests that high doses of nutmeg may enhance libido and sexual performance.
Test-tube studies show that nutmeg has antibacterial effects against potentially harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Streptococcus mutans.
Animal studies show that taking high-dose nutmeg supplements reduced heart disease risk factors, such as high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels
Rodent studies have found that nutmeg extract induced significant antidepressant effects in both mice and rats
A study in rats showed that treatment with high-dose nutmeg extract significantly reduced blood sugar levels and enhanced pancreatic function.
Nutmeg has a warm, sweet flavor that pairs well with many different sweet and savory foods.