Nutrition Facts: 21 Health Benefits of Cardamom


Have you ever wondered if cardamom is all fragrance and no substance? You will literally have to break open the pods to discover the plethora of health benefits it has to offer! What is cardamom and why is it so important? They come from cardamom plants in India and are part of our ancient heritage. Its medicinal properties have been mentioned in Ayurveda. Let us look at the health benefits.

Apart from its aromatic fragrance used for flavoring foods, cardamom uses range from it being a digestive system tonic to an essential oil in aroma therapy.  Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. Black cardamom has a distinctly more smoky, though not bitter, aroma with a coolness some consider similar to mint.

21 Amazing Health benefits of cardamom

Cardamom fights against gas. It helps to relieve gas and heart burn.

It gives instant relief from the headache. (Applying the paste over forehead gives the relief.)

Cardamom is useful for the protection against heat stroke. One should chew a cardamom while going outside home in sun.

Aromatic cardamom acts as breath freshener because of its fragrance.

It is very good refinement spice against caffeine. (Detoxifies caffeine).

Helpful in balancing all the three doshas that’s why termed as “tridoshic”Little quantity of cardamom is beneficial in balancing kapha”.

Useful in various kinds of respiratory disorders. In sore throat beneficial.

It also helps in asthma and whooping-cough. Make a paste by adding cardamom powder and honey.

Regular use of this mixture will give you relief from asthma and whooping-cough.

Cardamom has very good anti-spasmodic abilities so it is very helpful in stopping spasms and tremors.

It helps in the stimulation and regulation process of discharge of gastric juices and balances stomach acids.

It helps greatly to cure teeth gum and tooth infections.

Cardamom supports the detoxification process of the body and helps to filter the entire body.

It is useful in the problems of urinating. You just have to eat cardamom added in to amla, curd, or honey.

Cardamom warms the respiratory tract and by doing this, it increases the circulation to the lungs.

It helps those suffering from stomach cramps (cardamom +long pepper clarified butter).

It is a boon for vocalists as it helps in improving voice.

It has some role in relieving hiccups.

It is one of the antidepressant in Ayurveda.

Good remedy in vomiting.

Cardamom’s aroma has encouraging effects on the nervous system. It gives healthy feelings during the period of weakness.


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Prof. Hesin
I am herbalist and write on variety of topics from nutrition to natural health, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, mind/body medicine and i enjoys the challenge of providing my family with healthy food options that fit with their busy lifestyle.