By| Published: July 4th, 2016
Commonly used in Indian cuisine, cardamom has also made its way into Ayurvedic medicine to treat mouth ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression.
Cardamom is one of the oldest spices that was used in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome
- Counteracts digestive problems: Nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, flatulence, constipation, stomach and intestinal cramps
- Helps the body eliminate waste, salt, toxins and excess water through the kidneys, urinary tract and bladder
- Freshens the breath when chewed after meals or even otherwise
- Prevents bad breath, mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat
- Relieves bronchitis, coughs, cold and flu symptoms
- Significantly lowers blood pressure and prevents the formation of dangerous blood clots
- Inhibits the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mould
- Cleans up free radicals and offers resistance against cellular aging
- Protects against, inhibits the growth of, and even kills some cancers
- Anti-inflammatory properties limit pain and swelling, especially in mucus membranes
- As an anti-spasmodic, helps get rid of hiccups and to other involuntary muscle spasms
- Due to its antidepressant qualities, cardamom tea is used in Ayurveda to fight depression
- Add it to rice, vegetables, curries and meat for a distinct taste and flavour
- Cardamom seeds may cause allergic contact dermatitis (skin inflammation) and also trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain).
- The spice may increase the risk of bleeding and lower blood pressure, especially in patients with bleeding disorders or those who are taking medication that lowers blood pressure.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women must avoid amounts greater than that normally found in food.
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