Cardamom is one of the world’s very ancient spices. Prized for its supreme aroma and flavor, it is used in savory dishes, deserts, baked goods, masala chais, and even to flavor coffee. It has also been used in a wide range of traditional medicine. Thanks to its versatility, popularity, and the fact that it is one of the most expensive spices in the world, cardamom is sometimes referred to as the queen of spices.
Recent research has verified some of the impressive health benefits of cardamom.
Lower blood pressure
High blood pressure can lead to heart failure, stroke, kidney disease and other life-threatening conditions. Studies have shown that cardamom can reduce blood pressure levels down to normal range. This benefit can be attributed to cardamom's ability to increase the body's antioxidant status considerably. Learn more about the importance of nutrient antioxidants here (1).
Cardamom has long been prescribed in traditional medicine to treat nausea, and to relieve digestive discomfort. Modern research shows that cardamom can improve digestive health by preventing and healing stomach ulcers (2, 3).
Cardamom has been used as a mouth freshener for centuries in many cultures. Research has discovered the presence of antimicrobial properties in cardamom, which help fight common bacteria linked to cavities (4).
The antibacterial properties of cardamom have been observed in several studies. These include inhibiting growth of species that can cause life-threatening infections caused by species like Candida, Campylobacter, and Salmonella (5, 6, 7).
Start incorporating more cardamom in your diet. Add it to your breakfast smoothie. Brew your tea with a couple of cardamom pods. Make some Swedish cardamom buns (Cardamom is very popular in Scandinavia!). Golden bars are a great way to enjoy the benefits of cardamom and other Essential Foods before or after workouts, or between meals.