Mace Powder-Usage & Health Benefits
Mace Powder has a lovely, warm, strong aroma like pepper and cinnamon combined, and a subtle, spicy flavor. It is used for cooking savory dishes for this very reason , but did you know that those are not the only benefits of mace powder, read along to find out what this magical spice has in store for you.
Uses of Mace powder
The uses of mace powder can be divided into the following categories.
Mace powder has a distinct spicy-sweet taste and is used to flavor food, domestically and commercially. It is a commonly used ingredient in desserts and baked products like pies, milk custards, puddings, fruit dishes, biscuits, muffins, cakes and breads. It is especially used to flavor milk based drinks sweet drinks. It is also used to enhance the flavor of savory items like meats, stews, sauces, curries, clear soups, pickling, ketchup, gravies, and Worcestershire sauce. It can be used as a nutmeg substitute in many recipes.
The essential oils and nutrients present in mace powder are responsible for its medicinal value. Traditionally, it is known to be anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive and carminative agent. It is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. It also is rich in B vitamins, Vitamin C, vitamin A and many flavonoid antioxidants like beta carotene and cryptoxanthins.
Health Benefits of Mace Powder
Mace powder is known to have chemical compounds that have disease preventive and health promoting properties. Here are some of the health benefits
- Stimulates appetite and aids digestion
- Relives fatigue
- Treats intestinal infections
- Relives intestinal gas and flatulence
- Reduces nausea, vomiting and stomach uneasiness
- The minerals present in mace are good for health; potassium - controls heart rate and blood pressure; Magnesium & copper – co-factors of antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase and iron – RBC production
- It is a good antioxidant
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