Cardamom has many health benefits. There is an interesting study by Ray Sahelian, M.D., which reveals that cardamom has very powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are used to treat many diseases of the brain such as Parkinson’s disease because the brain is one of the organs that does not do well when it doesn’t have enough oxidation. Since cardamom has the properties of an antioxidant and can augment the amount of glutathione in the system, it serves as a powerful antioxidant.
The study was completed after analyzing eighty five types of Indian food. After a complex biochemical study it was found that there was an above average Vitamin P content in many of the foodstuffs. Vitamin P is, of course, a powerful antioxidant that in many instances has even greater antioxidant capabilities than Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Ray’s study reveals that cardamom has complex properties that can help combat cancer. This is due to the C9H9NO and 3,3′-diindolylmethane content inherit to cardamom. These are found in all types of vegetables and cardamom is no exception, so it can be used to fight against all types of cancers.
Another study performed on hamsters at Chung Hsing University in Taiwan shows that cardamom spice actually helps the stomach. It greatly aids in the process of releasing toxins and it quickly increases bowel movement. In this study, it was demonstrated that the hamsters who consumed the cardamom spice had seriously reduced levels of beta-D-glucuronidase(up to 85%). Beta-D-glucuronidase is basically the same chemical that runs in sewers across the world, and of course it’s not good for your health. Cardamom spice helps release this toxin from your body to a very great degree.
Yet another study performed on rats in New Delhi proved that cardamom greatly aids in the traction of the stomach and increases bowel movement. Another study performed at the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute also reveals that cardamom has a very powerful effect on cancer.
Put simply, Cardamom contains powerful antioxidants and it is generally recommended as a tool to help combat cancer. It’s also good for the purpose of releasing toxins from the stomach, so there’s really no reason not to consume Cardamom when no study has ever revealed anything remotely harmful about it. This herbal spice is also calming, and drinking cardamom tea is highly enjoyable.
Some people wonder if consuming cardamom daily can be detrimental for health. Please note that there have been almost no reported cases of cardamom allergy throughout the world, and almost no ill effects have come to anyone who consumes cardamom in its various forms(green cardamom, black cardamom, ground cardamom, etc).
Cardamom is also widely used by Ayurveda practitioners, who claim that it is good for the stomach. Ayurveda practitioners also mention that it is useful in treating infection of the urinary tract, but this has yet to be proven by the more traditional scientific methods. Nevertheless, this is an additional potential health benefit that should not be discounted so easily.
Cardamom is also widely known as an aphrodisiac in the more mystic and esoteric circles of society. Love spells, love potions and general chemical concoctions having to do with romance, lust and attraction usually have cardamom as a component. This has some basis on fact as it is known that the Greeks used cardamom as a perfume. It is also known that cardamom possesses some chemicals that can attract the males of several insect species.