MACE SPICE HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Essentially employed as an aromatic agent, mace spice greatly enhances color, taste and flavor of foods. Nonetheless, it contains some of the anti-oxidant compounds, essential oils, minerals, and vitamins.

Mace features quite a different nutritional profile than nutmeg. It is less in calories, but has more concentrations of essential oils, vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenes, iron, calcium,

The spice contains fixed oil trimyristine, and many essential volatile oils, which gives a sweet aromatic flavor such as myristicin, elemicin, eugenol and safrole. These oils occur in higher concentration in mace than in nutmeg. The other less important volatile-oils are pinene, camphene, dipentene, cineole, linalool, sabinene, safrole, terpeniol.

The active principles in mace spice have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive, and carminative functions.

Mace has more vitamin-C content than nutmeg. 100 g mace spice has 21 mg against just 3 mg of nutmegs. Likewise, mace blades contain more riboflavin (vitamin B-2).

Mace arils are rather excellent sources of vitamin-A. 100 g of mace provides 800 IU vitamin A, nearly nine times more compared to that in nutmeg.

Mace arils contain more calcium, copper, iron and magnesium than nutmeg. 100 g of mace powder has 13.90 mg of iron when compared to just 3.04 mg of nutmeg. Manganese and copper are utilized by the human body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value:  100 g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

%  RDA

Energy

475 Kcal

24%

Carbohydrates

50.50 g

39%

Protein

6.71 g

12%

Total Fat

32.38 g

162%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

20.2 g

54%

VITAMINS

Folates

76 µg

19%

Niacin

1.350 mg

8%

Pyridoxine

0.160 mg

12%

Riboflavin

0.448 mg

34%

Thiamin

0.312 mg

26%

Vitamin-A

800 IU

27%

Vitamin C

21 mg

35%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

80 mg

5%

Potassium

463 mg

10%

MINERALS

Calcium

252 mg

25%

Copper

2.467 mg

274%

Iron

13.90 mg

174%

Magnesium

163 mg

41%

Manganese

1.500 mg

65%

Phosphorus

110 mg

30%

Zinc

2.15 mg

20%

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