Cardamom: Properties and Benefits

The spice cardamom is derived from a tropical plant whose scientific name is Elettaria Cardamomum and that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family; cardamom is native of southern India where it grows spontaneously.

Cardamom, thanks to its properties, is used for many years in folk medicine of China and India; its seeds have a pleasant taste slightly sour and fragrant and are one of the ingredients of the popular Indian spice called curry.

Cardamom grows commonly in regions with warm and humid climate at altitudes between 500 and 1.500 meters; this spice has medicinal properties have been known since ancient times so that its use can be traced back to several centuries before the coming of Christ.
Cardamom: Properties and benefits
Cardamom is composed of about 8% water, 28% fiber, 6.5% fat, 5.7% ash, 11% from protein and carbohydrates. The minerals present are: potassium in large amounts, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, zinc and iron.

With regard to the vitamins, besides those of group B, we also find the vitamin C. The main component of cardamom is the essential oil that contains cineole, limonene , borneol and terpineol .

In cardamom are also resinous substances, volatile oil and starch.


Benefits and Curative Properties of Cardamom

Cardamom has digestive properties, its intake is beneficial in case of nausea, vomiting and flautulenza. The essential oil content in the cardamom helps the body in the production of gastric juices and stimulates the appetite.

Cardamom can also be added to certain foods such as legumes, cooked vegetables or cabbage to avoid bloating; are sufficient two or three seeds during the cooking of foods in order to exploit this property. The cardamom is beneficial in case of inflammation of the respiratory.

Another use of this spice has to do with bad breath; for this purpose you have to chew some cardamom seeds for a short period and bad breath will go away. Gargling with an infusion of cardamom attorney benefits for coughs and colds.

The powder obtained from the seeds of cardamom boiled with green tea has antidepressant properties. Finally, cardamom, has the ability to speed up metabolism and is therefore useful for weight loss.
Cardamom Curiosity
The essential oil of cardamom is obtained from the dried seeds by steam distillation.

In ancient time cardamom seeds were used by the Egyptians for cleaning teeth while the Romans used it as a perfume.

You can fight bad breath with the essential oil of cardamom; a glass of water with four drops is used to make three rinses of the mouth in a day.

In Arab countries, cardamom is used for the preparation of Arabic coffee. In eastern countries is used instead to flavor dishes of meat and fish.

After saffron and vanilla cardamom is the most expensive spice in the world; the indian name is Chhoti Elaichi.

Popular rumors claim that the powdered seeds boiled in milk and sweetened with honey is a good remedy against impotence.

It is preferable to use the pods, indeed the seeds closed inside them, maintain properties and aromas longer.

In Europe, this spice is used only for a short time, especially for the preparation of pastries.

Use the cardamom seeds during cooking of certain foods is a good idea; in fact, in addition to good aroma, these become more digestible.
Varieties of Cardamom
Cardamom is obtained from two kinds of plants belonging to the Zingiberaceae family: the Elettaria and Amonum.

Cardamomun is obtained from Elettaria cardamom green, while the Elettaria repens, a plant typical of Sri Lanka, you get the cardamom of Ceylon.

Regarding the kind Amonum we find the black cardamom which is obtained from the plant Amomum subulatum and cardamom of Siam that is derived from Amomum Compactum.
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