Cardamom Health Benefits
Cardamom health benefits include it being a diuretic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, respiratory aid and more. Many of these are similar to other herbs and spices. However, like most natural herbs and spices, cardamom have some unique health features.
Cardamom is a popular spice made from the seed of plants that are native to India and Indonesia. The flavor of green cardamon have been described as slightly sweet, yet intense. Some have described the taste of black cardamom as smoky, but not bitter, with the taste of mint. In fact, cardamom is a spice that is used by some gum manufacturers.
Therefore, cardamom can be used in both sweet and savory dishes! So, I am looking forward to experimenting with some recipes to capture some of the cardamom health benefits highlighted below. One of my favorite low carb diet drinks include cardamom! If you have been following the blog for some time, this cardamom health benefits post is a continuation to the chai latte health benefits series. So, here are some of the cardamom health benefits highlights.
1. Lowers Blood Pressure
Cardamom health benefits include it being able to lower blood pressure. Research indicates that cardamom can help lower blood pressure due to it being an antioxidant and a diuretic. A diuretic is something that causes urine to form in the bladder. Since blood pressure is related to kidney health, cardamom can help lower blood pressure in an otherwise healthy person with fully functioning kidneys.
2. Reduces Pain
Like its cousins, ginger and turmeric, cardamom is an anti-inflammatory that can help alleviate pain. Over-the-counter and prescription pain relieving medicines are anti-inflammatory drugs. So, being a natural pain reliever is another one of the very beneficial cardamom health benefits.
3. Mood Enhancer
Cardamom is one of the fragrant spices responsible for giving chai tea such a great aroma! One of the first things I remarked about drinking a chai latte is that something about it makes you feel really good! Well, my research has been very consistent with my personal observation. In fact, one of cardamom health benefits include it being an mood enhancing anti-depressant!
A cancer causing agent is called a carcinogen. So, something that prevents or hinders the growth of cancer is called an anti-carcinogen. Studies indicate the cardamom, turmeric, and ginger are all anti-carcinogenic. Yet another reason to include a low carb chai tea or a sugar-free chai latte into your diet.
5. Improves Digestion
I can speak from personal experience that ginger is by far the best digestive reliever you can find. Absolutely amazing stuff! You can read my ginger story here. However, cardamon can also help improve digestion. One reason may be that it is also an antibacterial capable of destroying drug resistant candida that can wreak havoc in your gut. So, it is a good detoxifying agent.
6. Destroy Oral Bacteria (Prevent Cavities)
It is also known to destroy five common bacteria that are found in the mouth. Therefore, another one of cardamom health benefits includes preventing cavities from forming in the teeth.
7. Improves Breathing and Respiratory
Commonly used in aromatherapy, cardamom is known to improve air flow to your lungs. In addition, the intense cardamom essential oil fragrance can make us use oxygen better during exercise. Therefore, cardamom is a natural remedy used by some to treat asthma.
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How do you enjoy using cardamom? As mentioned, so far my favorite way to use cardamom is in some type of homemade chai latte recipe. In this way, I can capture cardamom health benefits along with all the other wonderful health benefits provided by my favorite chai tea.