It is a spice available in tropical places in Asia, including India, China, Japan and some other countries. It is referred to as the Queen of spices and is the most expensive spices, the first and second being saffron and vanilla. (Health Benefits of Cardamom)
The cultivation of cardamom tree is done in the tropical and humid climate of India. It belongs to the family Zingiberaceae and its biological name is Elettaria cardamomum. There are two main types of cardamom. Their scientific names are Elettaria, which is called green cardamom, and Amomum, which is black, white, or red cardamom.
It is in the form of a small pod with black seeds. Both the seeds and the pod have a pleasant aroma and flavor. They are used as flavoring agents in Indian meals. The seeds are also added to desserts and beverages for flavor. Cardamom tea is a famous beverage in India.
In India, cardamom is used as a herb and as an ingredient in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It was a remedy for teeth and gum infections, throat infection, congestion of the lungs, tuberculosis, inflammation of the eyelids, GIT disorders, disintegrating kidneys, and gallbladder stones, and also as an antidote for poisons and venoms.
As per standards, 100gm of cardamom contains:-
- Energy (300 kcal),
- Carbohydrates (68 g),
- Protein (11 g),
- Dietary fiber (28 g),
- No cholesterol.
Cardamom is rich in vitamins and nutrients like:-
- Vitamin A & C,
CARDAMOM HEALTH BENEFITS-HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARDAMOM:-
Here described are some cardamom uses:-
Prevents Colorectal Cancer
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death all over the world. Studies conducted in Kolkata shows that cardamom had a positive result in preventing colorectal cancer and reduce it to an extent of 48%.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Including cardamom in the diet helps reduce cardiovascular conditions and result in a lower heartbeat and prevent hypertension. The micronutrients present in it can prevent the accumulation of lipids in the body. The antioxidant enzymes present in cardamom affects the cholesterol levels and helped in controlling them.
Cardamom contains anti-depressant properties. The essential oil present in it is the major oils used in aromatherapy. It also cures various other diseases like stomach disorders and pulmonary diseases.
The methanolic extract from cardamom helps in controlling gastrointestinal disorders such as acidity, flatulence and stomach cramps.
Cardamom contains infection-fighting properties/antimicrobial properties. The oils from cardamom inhibit the growth and spread of dangerous microbes that cause food poisoning.
Anti-spasmodic and Anti-inflammatory Properties
Cardamom is great for muscle and joint pain. Muscle spasms are reported by older people. A sudden contraction of the muscles causes spasms. When the muscles contract, they result in a sudden emergence of pain. Cardamom is used to control muscle spasms. Cardamom contains anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Cardamom inhibits the growth of infectious microbes, and not the growth of probiotic bacteria.
Cardamom is used as a remedy for asthma and other respiratory disorders.
Detoxifies the Body
The metabolic processes in the body release toxins and free radicals that have to be flushed out to remain healthy. These accumulated toxins can cause diseases, including cancer and premature aging.
Cardamom act as a detoxifying agent. The essential oils and biochemicals have detoxifying effects.
Improves Blood Circulation
In aromatherapy, cardamom has been used to cure asthma and bronchitis by improving the blood circulation to the lungs. The essential oil present in cardamom is effective in promoting good blood circulation in the body.
Treats Nausea, Sore Throats, and Vomiting
Cardamom is used as a remedy for nausea. It is an effective tonic and is good for calming nausea and vomiting. For sore throats, cardamom is a good remedy. Cardamom and cinnamon, boiled in water and used as a gargle every morning help control painful sore throats.
Cardamom contains aphrodisiac properties. It also cures impotence and premature ejaculation.
Treating Urinary Disorders
Cardamom is used as a remedy for urinary tract disorders and infections like cystitis, nephritis, and gonorrhea.
Cardamom is a very effective remedy. Take a few pods of cardamom and boil them in water. By consuming this water, a person can get rid of hiccups.
Cardamom Benefits Weight Loss
Cardamom is very effective in promoting weight loss and increases the metabolism of the body and clearing the body of the toxicity and thus promoting weight loss.
Cardamom pods and seeds are chewed as a breath freshener. The flavors and aroma present in cardamom are because of the presence of essential oil. The essential oil present in cardamom is used as an ingredient in chewing gum.
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