Cardamom is a popular spice used for culinary and medical purposes. It comes from the plant known as the 'ginger family' and are the seed pods of the plants. Inside the pods, there are a number of seeds which are mainly eaten in its whole - but the entire cardamom pod can be used whether whole or ground.
There are two main types of cardamom: green seed pods, and dark brown (or black) seed pods. Both types not only differ in colour, but in taste as well. The green cardamom has a sweet more floral-like flavour, while the black/brown cardamom has more of a pungent smoky flavour.
Apart from bringing flavour into our dishes, cardamom has a lot of health benefits. Out of which, here are the most notable ones that can help our body fight off serious issues and diseases.
- Similar to the affects of ginger, cardamom aids in prevent numerous digestive problems. After having a meal, chew a cardamom in order to avoid acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation.
- It helps the nephrons (the basic structural and functional unit of the kidney), to remove waste products such as, urea, uric acid, amino acid, excess water, creatinin, and other wastes from the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract.
- Cardamom is also known to clear the lungs and bronchi of mucus. It can prevent and relieve cold, flu, cough and bronchitis.
- Essential vitamins such as riboflavin, vitamin C and niacin, as well as the copper and iron in cardamom is important for red blood cell production, the cellular metabolism, and to prevent possible anemia.
- Cardamom is a spice that is rich in diuretic and fiber - therefore it aids in reducing elevated levels of blood pressure.
- Due to the richness of vitamin c, cardamom helps boost the immune system - preventing numerous microbial infections.
- Cardamom consists of anti-inflammatory properties that cures cold and fever, as well as help in relieving pain, arthritis, bronchitis, and liver problems. It also helps reduce the pain and swelling of mucus membranes, throat, and the mouth.
- Cardamom is a homestatis agent, as it is rich in vitamins and minerals. It sustains the mechanisms at a cellur and tissue level, in order to maintain homeostatis or a steady body state.
- While chewing on some cardamom can get rid of bad breath, it is also used to treat infections and ulcers of the mouth and throat.
- Black cardamom has a number of anti-bacterial properties, therefore it is used as an antiseptic for skin allergy treatment.