Should nutmeg be included in your gout diet?
Nutmeg spice comes from the nutmeg tree (which can grow to 66 feet tall) by a certain tree called Myristica. It grows two fruits, nutmeg and mace, nutmeg is shaped like an egg measuring about 25 mm long and 16 mm wide weighing between 5 and 10 grams. Nutmeg spice is usually used in powdered form for flavouring and adds aroma to many dishes. Nutmeg has been used in medicine since the 17th century. For many centuries, people in the Maluku Islands near Indonesia which is the primary producer, have used nutmeg to reduce painful joint inflammation. During ancient times, Roman and Greek civilizations used nutmeg as a type of brain tonic since it does help eliminate stress, fatigue and sharpens up your brain!
Nutmeg is known for its many healing properties like helping with insomnia, nausea, dealing with diarrhea and indigestion, constipation, bloating, it lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, stimulates the cardiovascular system, helps improve concentration, treats different skin problems, helps with male infertility, strengthens the liver by removing toxins and is effective in preventing and dissolving kidney stones which many gout patients suffer from later in life. When your liver and kidney are successfully detoxified, they can perform their function better and lowering your uric acid levels in your body to avoid gout.
Nutmeg is also used to combat joint pain in gout as well as arthritis for many centuries in ancient Chinese medicine. Many gout patients usually apply nutmeg oil to the affected areas for relief. Some gout patients claim that regular consumption of nutmeg can relieve joint pain in gout. Nutmeg is full of potassium and is high in magnesium, dietary fiber, calcium and iron.
Does nutmeg hold promise of a future gout cure?
Some promise is shown by a biotechnology researcher, Dr.Yanti Ph.D at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta, Indonesia who is presently studying how a bioactive compound called macelignan found in nutmeg seed extract for possible use in the treatment of gout. You can read more about her story and how she came about studying nutmeg as potential future treatment for gout. She believes she can find a cure using nutmeg, hopefully within 5 to 8 years after conducting several studies on animals and then clinical tests on humans.
Some ways to consume nutmeg is by adding 5-6 drops of it in warm cup of milk or water and add 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey, then sip. On a side note, taking a large amount of nutmeg can intoxicate you causing hallucinations and many drug users have used it to get a high, so watch out! Over 30 grams can also be lethal, overdose being possible! All you need is a tiny dusting of it to reap its taste and nutrition benefits! You can find many recipes online, so go ahead and experiment! As for myself, I have never experimented with nutmeg as of this writing, maybe I will introduce it in my diet very shortly but I know that all spices are nature’s medicine to human ailments, it can’t hurt you, that’s for sure and I will be experimenting with it.
Posted by Spiro Koulouris
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