Cardamom has its origins in the Indian subcontinent and countries in and around it but is produced and used as a spice all around the world today. Although it closely trails saffron and vanilla as third most expensive spice, its demand is ever increasing not only for its amazing flavor but also for its innumerable health benefits.
1. Good for the stomach
Cardamom helps regulate bile and gastric juices thus preventing acidity. It is also a powerful appetizer besides having carminative properties. So in a gist, if your tummy is giving you problems, don’t look farther than cardamom.
2. Good for heart
Cardamom can promote blood circulation and reduce blood pressure. So it is recommended to people with hypertension though it is equally essential for hale and hearty individuals to ensure the health of their heart. It also prevents blood clots by stopping platelet aggregation.
3. Good for bones
Cardamom contains two essential substances which are necessary for healthy bones- manganese and Vitamin C. It is especially essential for post menopausal women to help prevent osteoporosis.
Cardamom is known to have pain relieving properties and help counter joint, muscular pain and spasms. Besides, cardamom is also known to have anti inflammatory properties and can provide relief from swollen gums and joints alike.
5. Good for the kidneys
Research seems to indicate that cardamom also has diuretic properties and is essential to maintain kidney health. It is also beneficial against other diseases of the urinary tract like nephritis and cystitis.
Cardamom has long thought to have aphrodisiac properties and quite a few experts vie for its ability to cure impotence and premature ejaculation.
7. Shield against cancer
Every new revelation concerning cancer is met with pessimism but if recent trials on mice are to be believed, cardamom may in fact help one fight cancer especially of the digestive tract.
8. Anti depressant
The next time you feel down, try to cure it the natural way by popping a cardamom or two. Cardamom tea is recommended to lift your mood.
9. Used in aroma therapy
Ask any aroma therapist, and he/she will swear by the goodness of cardamom. It seems that cardamom is not only good for your body but can also help you relax and get over stress.
10. Fights germs
Cardamom can give your immunity the much needed boost as it is known to fight bacteria and other pathogens and prevent them from multiplying thus ensuring a healthy you.