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Description

Cardamom is a herb, originating from Southeast Asia, known for its particular smell and taste, as well as for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

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Possible Benefits

  • Helps combat oxidative stress 
  • Provides vitamins and phytonutrients 
  • Reduces mouth bacteria and fights bad breath 
  • Helps improve the digestive process
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Required Equipment

Cardamom

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How to Do It

You can eat the fresh seeds, straight from the cardamom pod. You can also use them in other preparations such as tea, soups, smoothies, or as a complement to baking.

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Why it works

  • One of its most important components, cineol, acts against the growth of bacterial microorganisms in our body.
  • It helps in the digestive process in general, because by consuming cardamom, the release of bile acid is optimized, which has the role of breaking down different nutrients in the stomach.
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Time Commitment

2-5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

2-3 times per week

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Suggested Time of Day

After lunch

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Side Effects

Its consumption should be moderate in the general population. Pregnant women should consume even less, or consult a professional about cardamom consumption. 

If you have gallstones, you should consume cardamom in low amounts.

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Notes

  • Currently there are studies focused on determining the properties of cardamom in the treatment of different disorders, such as diabetes. It may be shown in the future as an option to treat some of the consequences of such a disorder [3], [5].
  • Cardamom has also been studied for its potential to lower blood pressure [6].
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Related Products

Green cardamom seeds, cardamom powder.

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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Cardamom supplementation improves inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers in hyperlipidemic, overweight, and obese pre-diabetic women: a randomized double-blind clinical trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28480505
  2. Spice up your holidays with brain-healthy seasonings. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/spice-up-your-holidays-with-brain-healthy-seasonings-2016120710734
  3. The effects of green cardamom supplementation on blood glucose, lipids profile, oxidative stress, sirtuin-1 and irisin in type 2 diabetic patients: a study protocol for a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772716/
  4. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of essential oil and various oleoresins of Elettaria cardamomum (seeds and pods). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jsfa.3087
  5. The effect of cardamom supplementation on serum lipids, glycemic indices and blood pressure in overweight and obese pre-diabetic women: a randomized controlled trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5623966/
  6. Blood pressure lowering, fibrinolysis enhancing and antioxidant activities of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20361714
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