Cardamom, known as ‘elaichi‘ in Hindi, is regarded as the ‘Queen of Indian spices’. Grown mostly in the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is one of the most expensive spices in the world. Cardamom is widely used in the preparation of several kinds of food items and beverages. It is also a popular mouth freshener after meals.
There are three categories of Indian cardamom – Alleppey Green Superior (AGS), Alleppey Green Extra Bold (AGEB), and Alleppey Green Bold (AGB). Cardamom oil is a popular ingredient in preparation of foods and medicines. Here are some important health benefits of cardamom.
Aids in digestion – Cardamom has always been known to be an effective remedy against digestive issues. You can consume it raw or make a concoction of the spice to keep your stomach in good condition. It can also be used to combat constipation, acidity, nausea, gas, bloating, loss of appetite, heartburn, etc. Cardamom is known to have a soothing effect on the mucous membranes thereby enabling them to function better, which in turn helps reduce chances of acidity or an upset stomach.
Acts as a diuretic – Cardamom is an excellent detoxifier. It helps the body to get rid of toxins thanks to its diuretic properties. It helps keep the urinary tract, kidneys and the bladder clear by getting rid of excess water, salt, toxins, etc. The spice helps to deal with any infections too.
Treats depression – Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing, vouches for the efficacy of Cardamom in treating depression. Studies have shown how cardamom tea taken at regular intervals during the day over a period of time helps to fight depression and mood swings.
Powerful antioxidant – Cardamom comprises several phytonutrients, vitamins and essential oils that act as antioxidants. They help to clean the free radicals and also combat ageing of the cells.
Good for oral health – The spice is loaded with antibacterial properties and has a pleasant smell, which makes it an effective remedy against bad breath. Cardamom is also an excellent remedy for infections of the throat and mouth, and ulcers in the region. The spice is also known to treat flu and cold symptoms. It is a good remedy for coughs and bronchitis too.