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10. A Few Words of Warning
Nutmeg came under doubt when there were several cases of accidental poisoning. Once it was revealed that consuming of large amounts of nutmeg may produce psychotropic, hallucinatory, or narcotic effects, many, not for reasonable health purposes, tried to produce the narcotic effects recreationally. Unfortunately, consuming a huge amount of nutmeg can seriously negatively effect your body.
Nutmeg is a potent spice meant to be used in small quantities. A little goes a long ways in the health benefit quest. Consuming too much nutmeg may produce seizures, irregular heart palpitations, and vomiting.
When used appropriately, as a spice, the benefits of nutmeg are obvious, but keep the amount under control, and find your thrills somewhere else! I personally add a dash or two to my foods and drinks during the day. Not a problem.
I also add a dash or two to my foot soaks, and the like, along with whatever else I am using at the time. Your skin does absorb.
11. Drug Interaction
Since nutmeg can lower blood sugar levels, you should use caution when taking medications that also lower blood sugar. If you use insulin or oral drugs for diabetes, monitor closely with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist your changing situation. You may need to adjust your medication.
Nutmeg can possibly increase the risk of bleeding when you use it with pharmaceuticals that increase bleeding risk. Here are some examples include aspirin, anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin (Coumadin®) or heparin, antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix®), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen (Naprosyn®, Aleve®).
Nutmeg can tend toward causing low blood pressure. As a result, please take caution when taking drugs that lower blood pressure.
Nutmeg can increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some drugs. Consider these examples benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan®) or diazepam (Valium®), barbiturates such as phenobarbital, narcotics such as codeine, some antidepressants, and alcohol. So be exctra cautious when driving or operating machinery.
Nutmeg may interfere with your body’s processing of certain drugs using the liver’s cytochrome P450 enzyme system. As a result, the levels of these drugs may change in the blood and may cause increased or decreased effects or potentially serious adverse reactions. Patients taking any medications should check the package insert and speak with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, about possible interactions. I sometimes wonder about modern pharmacists who just take pills out of one bottle and puts them in another. But they have available reference material to give you a good answer to the P450 enzyme system interaction. This may actually be a better source than a doctor who just prescribes because that is what the book says to do.
Nutmeg may also further interact with anesthetics, antiaging agents, antibiotics, anticancer agents, antidepressants, antifungal agents, anti-inflammatory agents, antipsychotics, antiseizure agents, antiulcer agents, antivirals, cholesterol-lowering agents, drugs that affect the nervous system, drugs that may damage the liver, drugs that protect against the harmful effects of radiation, fertility agents, heart drugs, laxatives, painkillers, prostaglandins, sedatives/hypnotics/anxiolytics, stimulants, and weight loss agents.
This sounds like a lot. But who is taking all that stuff. If you are not on medication, nutmeg reasonably used in not a problem. And as a spice it is almost never, dare I say never, a drug interaction issue. Uses it in your food, enjoy it and reap the benefits of better living.
You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. This information, as always, does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.