10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Mace Spice (Javitri)

Besides spicing up your meals, this ingredient can greatly improve your biological system.

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Written by Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition
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Other than being an important ingredient in your pepper spray, regularly consuming mace spice provides nutrition and benefits your health in the long run. Obtained from the shell of nutmeg seeds, mace is used as a condiment in the cuisine of Asian cultures and to treat pain, nauseai , and digestive issues. In this article, we take a deeper dive into the health benefits of mace spice and the simple ways to add them to your regular diet.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Mace Spice

What Is It?
A brown and yellowish spice derived from the layer surrounding the nutmeg seed.

What Are Its Benefits?
It reduces inflammation and improves digestion and oral health.

Who Can Consume It?
All except people with a weak immune system and pregnant or lactating mothers.

How Often?
Regularly, in moderation.

Some individuals may experience dizziness and irregular heartbeats.

Health Benefits Of Mace Spice

Mace helps keep digestive system healthy
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1. Keeps Your Digestive System Healthy

Mace spice is a herb that offers a large number of benefits, and one of them is keeping the digestive system healthy. Some believe it may relieve bloating, constipation, and gas-related problems. Using mace spice in cooking may also be good for regulating bowel movements – and treating nausea, diarrhea, and flatulence. However, research is limited in this regard.

2. Encourages Appetite

If you feel like you don’t eat enough during the day or are too thin, you should definitely add some mace spice to your diet. You will be amazed at how it can change your eating habits for the better. Mace spice boots appetite (1).

3. Boosts Blood Circulation

Another health benefit of mace spice is its ability to boost blood circulation. This will keep your skin and hair healthy, and also protect you from dangerous diseases and infections.

4. Stress Buster

This could be surprising to most of you, but mace spice also acts as a stress buster! It effectively eliminates tension and anxiety, and helps you feel calm and peaceful (2). Mace spice relieves mental exhaustion as well. Not just that, this spice can help you pay more attention to work and also increases your memory.

5. Dental Health

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Mace spice ensures good dental wellness too. With this, you can eradicate bad breath effectively and protect your teeth from all dental problems. The spice is a natural remedy for toothaches and aching gums and is used in several toothpastes too (3).

6. Protects Kidneys

Another potential health benefit of mace spice is its ability to protect your kidneys. Some believe it may help prevent and treat kidney stones, though more research is warranted in this regard. It also may help treat kidney infections and other conditions associated with kidneys.

7. Cold And Cough

Mace spice can also treat cold and cough! It protects you from flu and viral diseases and keeps your body safe and protected from diseases (4). It is also used to prepare cough syrups and cold rubs. Mace Spice is also a good remedy for asthma patients.

8. Wonderful Aroma

Mace spice is also known for its amazing fragrance and a wonderful aroma. It is used as seasoning to add more taste to your dishes and fills them with an exotic flavor. It also contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other essential compounds.

9. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

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Mace spice is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties (5). It treats joint pains and other inflammatory conditions. Not only that, it is considered effective for treating diseases such as arthritisi  XInflammation or swelling of one or more joints that causes pain, tenderness, and reduced range of motion that can worsen with age. and lumbagoi  XPainful condition that causes lower back pain due to injury to muscles or the ligament because of improper lifting, or poor posture. as well.

10. Traditional Medicine

Mace spice has also been used while preparing Indian traditional medicine. Animal studies have shown antifungal, antidepressanti  XMedicines used to treat symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety by correcting chemica; imbalances involving neurotransmitters in the brain. , aphrodisiac and digestive properties of mace spice (1), (6), (7).

protip_icon Trivia
The origin of mace can be traced back to the first century CE when the Roman author Pliny mentioned a tree that bears nuts with contrasting flavors.

Now that you know the many wonderful benefits of mace spice, go ahead and read one awesome recipe that uses it!

Recipe For Cream Of Chicken Turkey Soup

Chicken turkey soup with mace is highly beneficial
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  • One quarter of chicken and turkey
  • One cup of heavy cream
  • One-fourth teaspoon of salt
  • One-eighth teaspoon of pepper
  • One-eighth teaspoon of mace
  • One tablespoon of chives or parsley


  1. Boil the broth and add some cream to it.
  2. Mix well and stir. Keep the heat low.
  3. Add some salt, pepper, and mace spice for taste.
  4. Add boiled chicken and turkey and continue for ten minutes.
  5. Serve hot with parsley.

Culinary Uses Of Mace Spice

Mace can be used to make muffins
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Mace spice is the best in the culinary world. Here are a few mace spice uses.

  1. You can make sweets, puddings, muffins, cakes, and different kinds of bread with mace.
  2. It is also used while brewing milk tea or masala milk, primarily because it tastes like pepper.
  3. Try using mace spice while making pickles, ketchups, curries and sauces.
  4. Mace spice has often been used while making delicious mashed potatoes, broths, soups and rice preparations.

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The Arab merchants introduced mace to Europe during the 12 century. It became a valued spice during the spice trade in the 16th century and was made available worldwide.

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Mace is not just an essential organic ingredient in your pepper spray; it has a lot of health benefits beyond helping provide crucial assistance in a tricky situation. Check out the infographic below to discover the many benefits of including mace in your daily diet.

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Mace spice benefits your health in many ways. It has several antidepressant, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It may aid in digestion, enhance appetite, boost blood circulation, improve dental health, protect the kidneys, imporve immunity, and help treat cold and cough. In addition, it has many culinary applications as a condiment and is often found in foods like muffins, cakes, pickles, and sauces. Incorporate this spice into your diet and enjoy its benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is mace spice poisonous?

No. It is safe to consume moderate amounts of mace spice.

Is mace good for the liver?

Yes. Mace helps manage fatty liver by boosting antioxidant levels, reducing inflammation, and decreasing fat accumulation (8).

Are mace and nutmeg the same?

While nutmeg and mace grow on the same nutmeg tree, they are different. Mace refers to the dried, lacy membrane surrounding the tree’s nutmeg seeds.

Key Takeaways

  • Mace spice prevents flatulence and bloating and improves your digestive system.
  • It improves blood circulation in the body.
  • It is also known for its renoprotective abilities and may prevent kidney stones.
  • Mace spice is a natural remedy for cough and cold that can prevent one from catching the flu.

Learn about the amazing health benefits and nutrients of mace spice! Watch this video to discover how this spice can help improve your overall health and well-being.


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  2. Phenolic compounds from nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) inhibit the endocannabinoid-modulating enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase
  3. Antibacterial Activity of Myristica fragrans against Oral Pathogens
  4. Elucidating the Phytochemical and Pharmacological Potential of Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg)
  5. Anti-Helicobacter pylori Anti-Inflammatory Cytotoxic and Antioxidant Activities of Mace Extracts from Myristica fragrans
  6. Evaluation of the anti–depressant activity of Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) in male rats
  7. Aphrodisiac activity of 50% ethanolic extracts of Myristica fragrans Houtt. (nutmeg) and Syzygium aromaticum (L) Merr. & Perry. (clove) in male mice a comparative study
  8. The Protective Effect of Myristica fragrans Houtt. Extracts Against Obesity and Inflammation by Regulating Free Fatty Acids Metabolism in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
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