nutmeg, properties and psychotropic effects (hallucinations, delusions, convulsions). The use of nutmeg as a natural antidepressant. Benefits, baldness remedies and lots of information on the origin and spread of the plant.
Nutmeg, plant and origin
Therenutmegis a spice obtained from trees of the genusMyristica, the most popular and used species for the production of nutmeg is theMyristica fragrans. We are talking about an indigenous evergreen plant of Indonesia.
The fruit of the treeMyristicais the one shown in the photo above in fresh and still immature form. Once dried, it weighs between 5 and 10 grams. The first crop of nutmeg it is carried out 7 - 9 years after sowing but to obtain the maximum productivity it will be necessary to wait 20 years!
All parts of this fruit are marketed as spices but the real onenutmegthat we bring to the kitchen is given only by the hulled seed. The external part, the red one, which covers the seed, supplies the mace.
Mace, also known as nutmeg flower or mace, is a little used spice in Italy very very popular in the area where the speciesMyristica fragransit is indigenous. The photo of the fresh mace is shown in the image below.
Nutmeg, properties and effects
Thepropertyof thenutmegthey have been known since the eighteenth century, when the plant was used as a natural antiseptic to counteract the onset of various diseases.
Hisbeneficial effects they can only be obtained at low dosages. An excessive intake of its active ingredients, in fact, can have significant psychotropic effects. There nutmeg, in fact, at high dosages, it causes effects similar to those triggered by drugs: it can provoke hallucinations and convulsions.
Nutmeg, effects on the psyche and antidepressants
Theeffectsonpsychewould be linked to the presence ofmyristicin, a natural monoamine oxidase inhibitor. Just think that the pharmaceutical industry has developed synthetic molecules capable of achieving the same effect. These molecules are used for the production of antidepressant drugs. Monoamine oxidase is an enzyme that "breaks down" serotonin and catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline, melatonin, dopamine). Serotonin and catecholamines are often considered "good mood hormones" even though they are actually neurotransmitters.
These neurotransmitters should be "deficient"In depressed people. The myristicin contained in nutmeg would go toinhibit(prevent) the functioning of moniamino oxidase so as to keep the neurotransmitters of good mood in circulation more time. Almost like antidepressants that have side effects, myristicin can also cause palpitations, nausea, dehydration, and at higher doses hallucination, delusional effects and seizures.
An excellent is extracted from nutmegessential oilused to relieve digestive disorders and disorders related to the nervous system. For the properties and effects of nutmeg essential oil, I refer you to the in-depth page: nutmeg essential oil.
L'nutmeg essential oil contains active ingredients capable of blocking the synthesis of prostaglandins. Thanks to these active ingredients it can be applied to the scalp to counteract hair loss. Yep, nutmeg can be a great baldness remedy!
The psychotropic effects have already been described in the previous paragraph, but a further question remains: nutmeg is toxic? Let's face it immediately, the fatal poisonings (with fatal outcome) caused by the myristicin contained in thenutmegthey are very rare. For now, only three have been ascertained, although this is supposed to be an underestimated number. The three deaths concern a teenager, an 8-year-old child and a 55-year-old adult. The adult also took Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) a psychotropic drug of the benzodiazepine family with which myristicin could interact.
Therenutmegis alwaystoxicin pregnancy and for this reason it should be avoided even in small doses. Nutmeg, in fact, was once used asnatural abortion. Its active ingredients inhibit the production of prostaglandins which can influence the development of the fetus.
In small doses, nutmeg can exert its benefits (improving digestion, improving mood, counteracting nervous migraines ...) only if well kept. To avoid the dispersion of active ingredients, I recommend that you buy whole nutmeg seeds and grind them when needed. Even better if you choose seeds obtained from organic farming.
Among the various offers on the market, I would like to point out the one with the best value for money: on Amazon, a pack of 10 nutmeg seeds can be bought at a price of 7.99 euros with free shipping.
I reported this to you for the price but above all because they are untreated seeds and dried naturally (at low temperatures). The purchase package features freshness-saving bars. When opening, be careful not to damage them otherwise the volatile aromatic substances could be dispersed in the air (this is why ground nutmeg is less aromatic than fresh ground!).
For all the information, I refer you to the Amazon page: organic nutmeg seeds.
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