Cardamom: What are the health benefits? | New times



Cardamom is a spice with an intense, slightly sweet flavor that can be compared to mint.

The seeds and pod have a rich aroma and are often used in desserts, hot and spicy dishes, as well as in aromatic drinks like coffee and tea.

In Rwanda, the plants thrive mainly in Ruhengeri prefecture where groups of women cultivate it.

The main nutrients in cardamom include vitamin B6 or 10% folate.

Emmy Ntamanga, a Kigali-based nutrition consultant, explains that cardamom is known to have proteins that help with bodybuilding and is present at 22% in each serving.

He says studies indicate it’s an equal part of carbohydrates, whose margin of 22% of the daily value makes it an energy product.

The spice is also rich in 31% potassium, which controls blood pressure. And the presence of calcium in cardamom helps support the growth of tooth enamel.

Ntamanga says cardamom is also believed to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, which help protect the heart against high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

Antioxidants can also help manage diabetes and reduce liver toxicity, as well as relieve oral health problems like cavities and bad breath.

Ntamanga adds that cardamom has antiemetic properties, which can help relieve vomiting and mild nausea. And that it has been established that it is most beneficial when the vomit comes out with a sour taste and a burning sensation.

“Cardamom has powerful antimicrobial properties which, in addition to good dental hygiene, can help get rid of bad breath,” he says.

Ntamanga further explains that this is so because studies show that the phytochemicals found in cardamom oil, cineole, are a powerful antiseptic known to kill bacteria responsible for bad breath and prevent cavities and decay. tooth decay.

It is also obvious that the extract of fruit and seed of cardamom, by their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, can be therapeutic agents of interest against periodontal infections.

According to the Food Data Central of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), cardamom may be a source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and manganese. Other nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin B pyridoxine, and vitamin C.

It may also contain small amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids.

Most impressive is that cardamom contains natural compounds with antioxidant properties that can prove useful in the prevention of many chronic diseases.

The study also indicates that cardamom was believed to possess anti-infective properties.

Spices like cardamom may not be as potent consistently, but they are believed to only inhibit infectious microbes, not beneficial probiotics.

In addition to this, methanolic cardamom extract is the component that can help control gastrointestinal discomforts such as acidity, gas, and stomach cramps.

Studies show that antioxidants derived from plants can help keep diabetes at bay and cardamom has been used for the same in many countries.

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