Cardamom has recently made it into the spot light in Western civilization and Ayurvedic practices. This spice has long been used in Eastern cuisine and provides a lot of nutritional value packed in one little seed. Cardamom is in the ginger family and because of this, it is able to aid in digestion, upset stomach, and bloating.
Cardamom contains vital nutrients and minerals that help it act as a powerful antioxidant. Some of these phytonutrients include magnesium, iron, manganese, and zinc. Did you know that manganese acts as an antioxidant in every cell in our bodies? It’s main function in our cells is to protect the mitochondria so that it can function properly. The mitochondria is the power house of our cells producing energy, which many of us lack.
Other fun benefits of cardamom include: breath freshener, help relieve cold and flu symptoms, decrease blood pressure, is an anti-inflammatory, and can even help relieve hiccups and other spasms. So next time you have an upset stomach or want to freshen your breath, try chewing on some cardamom!