Nutmeg Improves Liver Health, Study Confirms

Hhave you come to talk, drink and eat turmeric more than ever before? You’re not alone, because thanks to its popularized anti-inflammatory powers, the spice has become a super ubiquitous staple. Well, new research might lead you to pull another not-at-all-new spice from the back of your cupboard: Although nutmeg has been used for years in traditional Chinese medicine to fight gastrointestinal illnesses, you you can not think you really need it outside of the holiday season. But a new study claims it could be a great addition to your diet, especially for your liver.

The study, published in The Journal of Proteome Research, sought to build on previous literature suggesting that nutmeg can treat asthma, toothaches and infections, according to a press release. And it was a success: the researchers analyzed the effect of nutmeg on liver toxicity in mice and found that the spice contains a specific compound, myrislignan, which protects the liver from damage. Additionally, they discovered that nutmeg extract restores levels of lipids (fats that are an integral part of living cells) and acylcarnitines (which help break down fatty acids) to more liver-healthy levels.

The study found that nutmeg contains a specific compound that protects the liver from damage, and that nutmeg extract restores levels of lipids (fats that are an integral part of living cells) and acylcarnitines (which help break down fatty acids) to healthier levels for the liver.

But before you start beating nutmeg, know that moderation is key. Doctor of Natural Medicine Josh Axe, founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com, warns that “consuming too much nutmeg can actually cause toxicity. Use it in moderation as part of a healthy diet to flavor your favorite drinks and desserts and enjoy the myriad of health benefits it provides.”

And hey, since nutmeg makes for tasty breakfast bowls and vegetarian chili, I have no problem with that advice.

Incorporate these spices into your rotation to become a top chef, but before using them, put them in the freezer.

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