Cardamoms are known as King of Spices. Cardamom has a strong and unique taste. It has an intense aromatic and resinous fragrance.
Cardamom is the world's third-most expensive spice.
There are two main types of cardamom:
Health Benefits Of Cardamom
Cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, is one of the leading causes of death around the world. The rising cost of conventional cancer therapy and the subsequent side effects have encouraged researchers to look for alternatives that are sustainable. Studies conducted by Sengupta et al. at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata have shown that dietary cardamom had a positive result in counteracting colorectal cancer to an extent of 48%.
Good for Cardiovascular Health
Research studies conducted at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceuticals at the College of Pharmacy of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia showed that cardamom administration for cardiovascular conditions resulted in a lower heartbeat or controlled rhythm, and control of hypertension.
Control of Cholesterol
The micronutrients found in cardamom can counteract the surge of lipids in the body. In experiments conducted at the Pharmacology and Toxicology Division at Hindustan Antibiotics Limited in Pune, India by Dhuley, hepatic and cardiac antioxidant enzymes from cardamom were administered to mice, which were fed a high-fat diet. The antioxidant enzymes had an influence on the cholesterol levels and helped in significantly controlling them.
Cardamom is also believed to possess anti-depressant properties. Its essential oil is one of the major oils used in aromatherapy. It can be used not only for depression, but also as a cure for various other diseases ranging from stomach disorders to pulmonary diseases.
Treating Urinary Disorders
In Ayurveda, cardamom has been used as a remedy for urinary tract diseases and infections such as cystitis, nephritis, and gonorrhea.
Skin Benefits Of Cardamom
One of the benefits of cardamom is that it can provide you with fair skin. Cardamom essential oil helps in removing blemishes, thus giving you a fairer complexion.
Improves Blood Circulation
Cardamom contains vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. It improves blood circulation throughout the body (12), thus improving skin complexion as well.
Cardamom essential oil is often added to cosmetics that are applied to the lips such as lip balms to impart the taste of the oil and make them smooth.
Black cardamoms help in flushing out the toxins, free radicals and dangerous fluids those are harmful to the body including your skin (16). Therefore, chewing on some black cardamom detoxifies your body, thus providing you with a clearer skin.
Hair Benefits Of Cardamom
Nourishes the Scalp
Black cardamoms have anti-oxidative properties that provide nourishment to the scalp and hair follicles.
Treatment of Scalp
Black Cardamoms possess antibacterial properties which prevent the scalp from infections and irritation.
Cardamom helps in strengthening the roots, thereby helping you gain strong hair. It is also known to provide shine and lustre to your hair.