9 health benefits of cardamom

Cardamom is native to the evergreen forests of India This spice is commonly used in Indian cuisine but it has also made its way into Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for mouth ulcers digestive problems and even depression Some of the health benefits of this peppery citrusy spice are now making their way into modern studies It’s well worth adding cardamom to your food for the flavor alone but these health benefits are also something to consider whenever you break out the spices

Oral Health
Apart from helping with bad breath cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat

Cold and Flu
This pungent spice may help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms It’s also used for bronchitis and coughs

Cancer
Animal studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against inhibits growth and even kills some cancers

Blood Pressure
As a diuretic and fiber rich spice cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure

Blood Clots
Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls

Antioxidant
Many of the vitamins phytonutrients and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging

Pathogens
The volatile essential oils in cardamom inhibit the growth of viruses bacteria fungus and mold

Anti-inflammatory
Like ginger and turmeric its relatives cardamom has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling especially in mucus membranes the mouth and throat