Although some believe that cardamom is just a flavor, it has many very important benefits....
Cardamom in brief:
It is known as cardamom, and in some countries it is called “Chammon” or “Al-Qaqala.” The scientific name is Elettaria cardamomum.
It means the unripe and dried fruits of the perennial cardamom plant.
Cardamom is classified from the ginger family and is available in all its forms: cardamom seeds - ground cardamom, cardamom extract - and cardamom oil.
It is considered one of the famous spices with a high price. The Indian cuisine is famous for its great use. It is also used as a flavoring added to sweets - baked goods - and coffee in particular - especially in Arab countries. It is characterized by a pleasant aroma and high nutritional value.
Nutrients in cardamom: A ration equal to two tablespoons of cardamom contains approximately 36 calories.
The benefits of cardamom are numerous and amazing, the most important of which are:
- Helps prevent cancer (there are compounds in cardamom that fight cancer and have the ability to kill cancer cells and prevent the growth of these cells again)
- Promotes the health of the digestive system (as it helps treat stomach problems, reduces the size of ulcers, treats intestines and bloating, treats constipation, enhances the ability to excrete waste, and treats symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Contributes to the process of losing weight (cardamom is rich in dietary fiber, so it has a role in the process of losing weight, as each two tablespoons of cardamom contains 3.2 grams of dietary fiber, which covers 13% of the fiber needs of women, and 8% of the fiber needs of men This means an increased feeling of satiety and fullness of the stomach.
- Cardamom is mainly a source of iron and manganese, which are important for many vital processes, as follows:
- They help in cellular metabolism.
- The iron in cardamom helps prevent anemia and provides oxygen to cells.
- Manganese is also involved in maintaining bone health
- It contains many vitamins and minerals necessary for the body, including protein, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, vitamin C, and zinc.
- Treats the symptoms of cold, flu, bronchitis, inflammation of the mouth and throat.
- Reducing cases of high blood pressure (as some studies conducted in 2009 showed that consuming 3 grams of cardamom powder daily for a period of no less than 12 weeks significantly reduces high blood pressure, and the results showed a 90% increase in antioxidants).
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Treats insomnia and prevents depression and nervous tension.
- Treats urinary problems.
- Protects the liver from diseases.
- It lowers blood sugar levels.
Cardamom is safe when consumed in adequate amounts, but caution should be exercised against excessive consumption by pregnant and nursing mothers - and people with gallstones because cardamom seeds can induce cramping pain. Therefore, it is better to pay attention to the quantities consumed and in moderation to maintain general health.