Herbs and spices have incredible medicinal and healing properties. Cardamom is a popular spice widely used in India and Iran for its aroma and medicinal properties. There are two different types of cardamom known as green and brown.
Green cardamom, native to south India is a higher quality cardamom than brown. Green cardamom is found in both forms of pod and powder. The pod has a long shell life and protects the aroma of the seeds inside. Green cardamom is used in desserts, tea, coffee, cakes or breads. Brown cardamom is used in traditional Indian dishes such as biryani, garam masala or curries.
1. High in antioxidants
The antioxidants and nutrients in cardamom known as phytonutrients, niacin, riboflavin, vitamins and essential oils can protect the body cells against the oxidative stress and damage of free radicals.
2. Great for cleanse and detox
Cardamom is a powerful blood purifier and can help to detox the body from accumulation of free radicals and toxins.
3. Fighting depression and improving your sex life
The aroma of cardamom is known to have great therapeutic properties and help to fight stress, anxiety, and depression. Cardamom essential oil is a great aromatherapy and has anti-depressant properties. Cardamom is a great home remedy and can help to improve sexual dysfunction.
4. Treating cold and flu and anemia
Cold and flu are very common during winter and early spring. Cardamom is a great antibacterial and anti-viral and can fight against viruses and bacteria. Cardamom is a great source of essential vitamins like riboflavin, vitamin C and niacin and minerals such as copper, and iron and can help to fight anemia.
5. Anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal/great for oral health
Studies suggest that cardamom has powerful antimicrobial properties and can fight against certain bacteria and fungus. According to researchers, cardamom is great for improving bad breath and is beneficial for treating mouth ulcers/infections.
6. Helping digestive issues and gastrointestinal problems
One tablespoon of cardamom has two grams of fiber and can help to improve digestive issues. Cardamom seeds are also great solution for flatulence problems. According to researchers, the oil extracted from cardamom seeds can help to improve gastrointestinal issues.
7. Reducing the risk of cardio disease such as hypertension and improving blood circulation
According to research, cardamom has powerful antioxidant properties and can lower the risk of high blood pressure. Taking cardamom can also help blood circulation and reduce the risk of clot buildup in the heart arteries.
8. Great anti-aging effect for skin and nourishing the scalp
Cardamom oil extracted from cardamom seeds has many benefits for skin and hair. The powerful antioxidants in black cardamom can help to rejuvenate skin and fight against accumulation of free radicals and toxins. Cardamom is great nourishment for the scalp and can improve the growth of hair follicles. The aroma of cardamom is also therapeutic and is widely used in aromatherapy products.
9. Great anti-inflammatory killing cancer cells and boosting the immune system
Studies have shown that cardamom and black pepper can boost the immune system and stop the growth of cancer cells. According to research, the powerful antioxidants in cardamom can help in cancer prevention and treatment of skin cancer.
10. Great antispasmodic improving asthma, PMS symptoms such as cramps, nausea, and stomach disorder
Cardamom is a powerful antispasmodic and helps with hiccups and erectile dysfunction. According to researchers, cardamom and saffron can both lower muscle spasm and improve PMS symptoms like cramps, nausea, and digestive issues. Cardamom is also a great home remedy for treating asthma.