Magical Summer Spice Cardamom

Cardamom or Elaichi is popularly known as the queen of spices. It is generally used as flavouring agent and as a mouth freshner as well. Cardamom belongs to the same family as ginger. Let’s look at this amazing summer spice in detail.

Basics about cardamom

  • Cardamom boosts metabolism in the body and helps the body to burn fat more effectively
  • There are two types of cardamom
    • Sukshma Ela (choti elaichi)
    • Bhrat Ela (badi elaichi)

Nutritional value one tbsp cardamom

  • Calories        :        18
  • Fat               :        0.4 g
  • Carbs           :        4.0 g
  • Fibre            :        1.6 g
  • Protein         :        0.6 g
  • Potassium     :        64.9 mg
  • Calcium        :        22.2 mg
  • Iron             :        0.81 mg
  • Magnesium    :        13.3 mg
  • Phosphorus   :        10.3 mg

Ayurvedic properties    

  • Potency                  :        Cold
  • Taste                     :        Sweet and pungent
  • Qualities                 :        Light and dry
  • Effect on dosha       :        Helps balance all three dosha

Benefits of consuming cardamom

  • Cardamom may help in improving breathing and oxygen use in the body
    • Compounds in cardamom may help increase airflow to your lungs
    • It also helps to relax your airways
  • It helps to boost immunity and prevent cold and flu
  • Cardamom is anti inflammatory and has anti microbial properties
  • Cardamom helps improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots in the body
  • It acts as an anti depressent. Sniffing it helps to beat stress and is very refreshing. Cardamom also helps promote sleep in some people
  • Cardamom is loaded with antioxidants and it helps clean the body of free radicals and cellular aging
  • Some reasearch show that cardamom can help fight cancer
  • It promotes liver health and can also help you get rid of hiccups

Benefits of cardamom in weight loss

  • Cardamom belongs to the same family as ginger
  • It helps ease symptoms of digestive problems
    • It is used to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas and constipation
  • Cardamom helps to detoxify the body and remove waste
  • Cardamom is a powerful diuretic which helps to clean urinary tract, bladder and kdneys
  • Cardamom has melatonin which helps to increase the burning process of fats in the body

Precaution on excess consumption

  • Should be consumed in high amount specially by pregnant women and lactating mothers
  • Avoid cardamom is excess if you have gallstones

Tips on buying and storing cardamom

  • Buy cardamom that is green in colour
  • Avoid buying cardamom in powder form
  • Instead make fresh cardamom powder at home
  • Powder has low nutrients and there’s a big chance of adulteration
  • Cardamom pods can last upto a year if stored in a airtight container
  • Make sure to store it in a cool, dry place

How to consume cardamom ?

  • You can consume it as cardamom water
  • It can also be used as cardamom herbal tea
  • Cardamom is very good in milk
  • It can be used in a smoothie to improve digestion

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