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Benefits of Cardamom

Slofoodgroup Team March 29, 2023

Cardamom is a sensuous spice that doesn’t receive nearly enough attention in the culinary world outside of baked goods and sweet, creamy desserts and sauces. In the realm of natural remedies, though,—with special consideration to Ayurvedic healing—cardamom receives a lot of attention! It is recognized as an exceptional treatment and preventative for a wide array of health problems.  

Cardamom As a Natural Remedy

The range of beneficial properties found within a cardamom pod spans much further than its warm, slightly sweet, and somewhat spicy flavor (although the flavor is absolutely one of the benefits of this spice and does make incorporating it into one's health routine anything but a chore). Among those benefits are improving gut health, aiding in cognitive well-being, promoting a clear and healthy complexion, and reducing oxidative stress. Let’s dive in a little deeper. 

Cardamom May Improve Brain Function and Balance Cognitive Chemical Components

The cognitive benefits that cardamom is thought to possess are outstanding! The antimicrobrial and antioxidant properties have been proven to reduce oxidative stress, stimulate the nervous system, and “help protect brain cells from free radical damage” which positions it to be a great addition to a diet for those looking to improve brain function. It is touted for its ability to improve memory and concentration, reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, and provide relief from depression.  

Cardamom May Improve Skin Health and Appearance

Another benefit of cardamom’s antibacterial and antioxidant properties is that it can be used to oxiginate the skin and clear clogged pores, which suggests its use may lead to clearer skin and a decrease in the appearance of fine lines other signs of aging.

Cardamom Is Suspected to Be A Potential Treatment for Diabetes

Though more research needs to be conducted on humans, a scientific study conducted on rats showed that cardamom, when taken in powdered form is capable of  significantly lowering blood sugar. The findings have led researchers to believe that it might be a great supplement for those looking to treat diabetes naturally. 

Cardamom May Help Distribute Oxygen More Efficiently 

Cardamom boasts several antioxidant properties  that help the body better accept and distribute oxygen. One of those properties—cineole—may be used to treat patients with lung problems, such as bronchitis, COPD, and asthma. It is also thought to further improve lung function, even when a pulmonary obstruction or inflammation isn’t present. Just as cinnamon, frankincense, and other essential oils are used to help with breathing difficulties, cardamom could follow suit. The volatile oils present in cardamom may be used to open airways and thin mucous membranes to allow more efficient oxygen distribution and usage. 

Ways to Include Cardamom in your Diet 

Cardamom has several potential health benefits and as more research is conducted, we are learning many new and exciting uses for this natural remedy and culinary flavoring agent. While cardamom oils are sometimes the preferred method for aromatherapy, it can also be used in Ayurvedic Let's look at the benefits of this spice! practices by incorporating it into the diet. Learn more about how to incorporate cardamom into your diet by checking out our cardamom ideas and recipes.