Cardamom – super spice to the rescue

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Small, green pods, treasuring black seeds under their outer shell and producing a specific, beautiful fragrance. Well known in the oriental cuisine, an important ingredient of many dishes and desserts. In some countries crushed and added to green or milk tea. I’m speaking about cardamom, a powerful spice originating from Indian subcontinent. It is also third most expensive spice in the world, after saffron and vanilla. It’s not only improving the taste of our meals, but also can aid our health in numerous ways. I would like to invite you for a short trip to discover how using cardamom can improve our well being.

First of all, it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. 100 gram of that powerful spice can provide us with as much as 78% of our daily requirement of iron, and 35% of vitamin C. It is also rich in antioxidants, which makes it a great remedy for colds, cough and flu and its invigorating action aids the healing. Especially powerful for that purpose is black cardamom.

If you’re trying to lose weight and looking through all over the internet to find the perfect diet, search no more. Cardamom is here to help. As it is supporting metabolism, it causes our body to burn fat quicker. Also, it plays a big role in removing toxins and flushing them out, mostly through kidneys.

Why in some countries people chew cardamom after finishing their meals? Because it contains a big amount of oil called cineole, which is antimicrobial. That super-spice is also freshening breath, as it fights bacteria responsible for bad smell from the mouth.

There are many more health benefits of consuming cardamom: improving blood circulation, fighting depression, helping to cure stomach disorders, even aiding our body in fighting cancer or in providing relief from a hiccup – to name just a few. Some Ayurveda experts swear that regular consumption of cardamom can greatly prolong our life. What is the best way then to take it, then? We can add it to our meals or drinks, or even chew. The last method can cause problems though, as to some people the taste might be too strong. The easiest solution is to relax and unwind with a cup of cardamom tea, especially after the meal. It allows us to enjoy all the benefits of the spice mentioned above, as well as to have some quality time. And if we’ll make it a part of our daily routine, who knows, maybe we really could live longer?

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