Cardamom can help relieve these symptoms
Cardamom is called the ‘Doctor of Spices’ and with sufficient reason. Its seeds, oils and extracts are loaded with medicinal benefits that help relieve diverse symptoms. Cardamom’s medicinal value has been appreciated from ancient times, finding mention in Ayurvedic scripts as well as in early Egyptian history.
Here’s what cardamom can do for various health conditions.
High Blood Pressure
Cardamom has antioxidant and diuretic properties that may bring down blood pressure. Antioxidants have been linked to lower blood pressure. Its diuretic effect promotes urination which results in eliminating excessive water build up in the body – which can be a cause of concern if that happens around vital organs like the heart.
It is believed that cardamom may contain natural phytochemicals that help fight cancer cells. It may also enhance the capability of natural killer cells in attacking tumours. However this should never be mistaken as a cure for cancer!
Cardamom is blessed with compounds rich in anti-inflammatory properties. When the body is exposed to foreign substances, it may respond through inflammation. However, sustained or long-term inflammation can lead to chronic diseases. Antioxidants, which are abundantly found in cardamom, are extremely effective in halting inflammation and protecting cells from its damaging effects.
Cardamom used in combination with other spices and medicines has been found to be effective in reducing the incidence of ulcers. Research has also shown that cardamom may protect the body against the bacteria that are responsible for several stomach ulcer issues.
The value of cardamom as a very good digestive has been known for thousands of years. It stimulates the secretion of enzymes necessary for digestion. Cardamom has been used – in a concoction with various spices – to relieve indigestion, gas, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux and even constipation.
Cardamom is believed to have the ability to fight common mouth bacteria that are believed to be responsible for dental cavities. It has been suggested that Cineole – which forms a large component of cardamom oil – has excellent anti-microbial properties that may stunt the growth of such bacteria and promote oral hygiene.
Since ancient times cardamom has been used as a natural mouth freshener and as a remedy for oral health issues. In fact, even today, some cultures use it as a breath freshener after every meal. Even some chewing gum manufacturers use cardamom in their preparations. Cardamom contains compounds that are very effective in fighting mouth bacteria.
Cardamom’s anti-bacterial effects are useful for fighting infection within the body. Research has shown that cardamom extracts and essential oils may be even more effective in fighting infections than standard drugs.
While there is no direct evidence of cardamom’s ability to alleviate asthmatic conditions, it is believed that certain compounds in cardamom may enhance airflow into the lungs and thus improve breathing. It may be possible that these compounds help relax the airway leading to the lungs, and prevent inflammation.
High Blood Sugar
There is a possibility that cardamom powder may help bring down blood sugar. However there is no conclusive research on the same.
Cardamom extracts may help prevent liver-related conditions like enlargement and heavier weight. These conditions are known to increase the risk of fatty liver disease.
It is believed that lower levels of antioxidants in the body can lead to anxiety and other mood disorders. Cardamom is rich in anti-oxidants and may therefore be useful in lowering stress levels.
There could be a link between cardamom and weight loss. It is believed that cardamom boosts energy metabolism and thus helps the body burn calories more effectively. However, research on the same hasn’t as yet been conclusive.
Anti-bacterial properties in cardamom may help control or heal breakouts such as acne and clear out blemishes. It can make skin even-toned and improve complexion.
Sore Throat, Cough and Cold
Cardamom oil has antiseptic properties that can soothe sore throat, colds and coughs. Its anti-inflammatory properties further limit pain and swelling especially in the mucus membranes, mouth and throat. Gargling with a concoction that has cardamom in it, could also bring relief to a sore throat.
It has been suggested that inhaling the sweet, soothing aroma of cardamom essential oils has a calming effect on the nervous system, and may be useful in overcoming sleep-related issues such as insomnia, restlessness and anxiety.