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Health Benefits of Cardamom and Nutritional Information on the Medicinal Spice

Spice It Up: Cardamom

Tired of the same old flavors, then you really should try something new and spice up your life. Adding herbs and spices to food is a great low-calorie, low-sodium way to improve the taste of your meal while increasing the health benefits as well.

Lately, I have been craving cardamom. I'm not sure the cravings mean anything about my diet, but I like this spice when I am physically cold. Cardamom is part of the the ginger family, so it has a little zip and heat to it. Found predominantly in Indian cuisine and used in Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient Greeks and Roman appreciated this spice as well. They thought it was an aphrodisiac and put the spice in their "love" potions.

The spice is high in the phytochemical cineole, which can positively affect several bodily complaints. Cardamom is considered to have many health benefits, many relating to the digestive system, like stimulating the digestive system, reducing gas, and counteracting stomach acidity. It is said to even help with halitosis. It is considered beneficial to the urinary-tract system and is considered a kidney cleanser. Cardamom is used to improve the circulation of the lungs and to treat asthma in Ayurvedic medicine. While I am not sure it does all that, I really like the taste.

You can find the spice in chai tea and here's a great recipe for chai. It is also one of the spices used in garam masala used often in Indian cuisine. Cardamom is also popular in Scandinavia and can be found in many sweets.


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valepere valepere 9 years
Ah thanks Spectra! I'll check it out, and hopefully I'll be able to get it! :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I think you can order most spices online for pretty cheap. Check this out: I don't eat a lot of cardamom, but I should try it more often. I'm always looking for new flavors for my foods and drinks.
valepere valepere 9 years
Does anyone know where can I find this spice? I have been looking for it, but have not succeeded so far :S
nikachu nikachu 9 years
I like to add one slightly crushed pod to a hot mug of tea. It gives it a unique taste without having to go chai all the way.
CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 9 years
Cardamom must not like me, because every time I go shopping to look for this spice it's never on the rack. Drives me crazy!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Sweet! Learning about spices is so helpful! I use plently when I cook, I learned the art of using spices at a young age and it really is a great way to add some kick to some plain food!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I ♥ chai tea!
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