|Illustration: Franz Eugen Kohler, Kohler's Medizinal-Pflazen|
Cardamom is believed to have originated in India, where it is known as "choti elaichi". A member of the ginger family, this exotic spice has a strong and distinctive aroma and flavor. Cardamom is used extensively in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and is often found in both food and beverages, such as curries and tea.
An ever increasing body of scientific research supports the nutritional and medicinal value of cardamom. It has been shown to contain many plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have antioxidant properties. It is a good source of important minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron) and vitamins (riboflavin, niacin and Vitamin C).
One of nature's amazing spices, cardamom is believed to:
- Lower blood pressure and prevents blood clots
- Enhance appetite, reduce acidity in the stomach, relieve nausea, bloating and intestinal gas
- Have detoxifying and cleansing properties
- Destroy mucus in the stomach and upper GI
- Have diuretic properties and a laxative effect, aid in purging excess fluid and toxins
- Improve blood circulation to the lungs, reduce phlegm and improve asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory allergies, infections and conditions
- Strengthen the bladder, improve urinary tract infections
- Have a warming and invigorating effect, relieve fatigue, stress and depression
- Reduce food cravings
- Improve bad breath, sore throat and various oral disorders
- Have aphrodisiacal properties and treat disorders relating to impotency
This information is provided for general interest and informational purposes only. It is not intended as guidance for medicinal use. Consultation with professional health care provider is always advised and encouraged.