Welcome back to our series of articles as we deep dive into the individual ingredients that make up the TurmeriX® blend. Each ingredient was chosen to be part of the blend for its unique individual properties and for its complementary synergy when mixed with other powerful natural ingredients. One ingredient on its own cannot do it all, but when taken together that is where the effectiveness happens!
This week our in-depth look is at Cardamom!
Cardamom is a widely consumed spice used in food preparations and cosmetics but beyond these flavoring and nice smells, we can find it in both ancient and modern medicines.
So… What is Cardamom?
Cardamom is a whole or ground dried fruit, or seeds, of Elettaria cardamomum- a herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. The plants are grown from rhizomes, but it is the seeds that are used as a spice. The plant produces pods or capsules containing between 15 to 20 seeds inside. These seeds are often ground and used in cooking or natural medicine remedies.
In 1914, cardamom plants were brought to Guatemala by a German coffee planter. Today, Guatemala is the largest producer of the spice in the world, surpassing India in the year 2000. It is also one of the world’s most expensive spices.
Cardamom as a Blood Sugar Reducer
A clinical trial demonstrated that small amounts of cardamom effectively reduced blood pressure, and improved antioxidant status, without significantly altering blood lipids and fibrinogen levels in stage 1 hypertensive individuals.
Cardamom as an Antibacterial Compound
Evidence was brought that cardamom fruit and seed extracts through their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties may be therapeutic agents of interest against periodontal infections. The extract and essential oils might also be able to fight some bacteria like the ones responsible for fungal infections, food poisoning, or even stomach issues.
Cardamom as Digestion Helper
Cardamom pods have been used for thousands of years to boost digestive health, relieve discomfort, stomach pain, and nausea.
Cardamom along with other spices such as turmeric may help digestion, reduce stomach issues, and even if more research is needed on human beings, studies tend to show that cardamom also might have the ability to heal ulcers.
Cardamom as a Breathing Booster
Aromatherapy is categorized as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and has been gaining popularity in today's society.
Some compounds in cardamom may help increase airflow to the lungs according to research.
When used in aromatherapy, cardamom can provide an invigorating odor that enhances your body’s ability to use oxygen during exercise. It may even be helpful for treating asthma thanks to its capability of relaxing the throat air passage.
We can also count very few studies on cardamom that shows some other potential benefits such as liver protection, anxiety, and weight loss.
Cardamom is not just a spice with a unique spicy-sweet taste, it is also a good source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that may provide numerous health benefits. The awareness of cardamom and its properties have helped many people improving their bodies’ well-being by incorporating it into their lifestyle.
So next time you are making a tea, maybe consider adding a pinch of cardamom for flavor and health benefits!
Check back our next article and discover Kelp; another important ingredient in your TurmeriX® blend!