Cardamom is a rather interesting, unusual and aromatic spice, widely known in the East, but no less popular among residents of other regions, so let’s look at what are the useful properties of cardamom, to whom it is contraindicated, as well as features of its use in cooking.
Useful properties of cardamom for the human body
Since ancient times, people have known various useful qualities of cardamom, the usefulness of its seeds and oils from them. Cardamom contains a high percentage of vitamin A and B, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, sodium, and especially zinc. Cardamom is used for the treatment and prevention of various ailments and disorders, so let’s take a closer look at what cardamom is useful for the human body:
- Cardamom is used for the treatment and prevention of the digestive system, as well as for bloating and diarrhea.
- Cardamom is also useful for the oral cavity. Helps fight bad breath.
- The benefits of cardamom for the human nervous system are undeniable. It has a positive effect on the overall tone of the body, helps to get rid of depression.
- Cardamom is an excellent antioxidant, it helps to remove toxins from the human body, strengthens the immune system.
- Cardamom is useful for women as an effective tool for weight loss (it normalizes the digestive system and helps to more effectively break down fats), as well as for menstrual disorders.
- Cardamom is used to treat skin diseases due to its antiseptic properties.
- This spice is a good helper in the treatment of colds, helps to remove mucus, fights harmful microbes and helps restore the immune system.
- Cardamom is useful for men. In Eastern countries, tinctures based on cardamom are used in the treatment of impotence and sexual disorders.
- Cardamom will be useful for insomnia and sleep disorders.
- Cardamom essential oil is widely used for the prevention of loss of strength, treatment of headaches and depression, as well as for the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract.
- The use of cardamom essential oil is also possible as a useful and aromatic means for taking hot baths (the oil is added to the water), which helps to lift the mood, relieve tension, calm and relax.
Contraindications to the use of cardamom
Despite the many useful properties and qualities, as with any other spices, you need to know the measure when using cardamom, and also take into account that sometimes it can be harmful to human health:
- First of all, it is not recommended to use cardamom if you have an individual intolerance to this spice.
- Cardamom is contraindicated for people with problems in the digestive system, in the presence of stomach ulcers or duodenal ulcers.
- For hypertension, cardamom is also not recommended.
- In diseases of the gallbladder.
- Cardamom is harmful to young children.
- During pregnancy and breast-feeding, it is better for young mothers to consult a doctor in advance whether they can use cardamom in any form.
Use of cardamom in cooking
Cardamom as a spice and spice is widely used in the culinary business. They are seasoned with meat and fish dishes, a variety of salads, used in baking, and it is especially popular for preparing fragrant and delicious drinks.
Note: cardamom is a good helper for making home tinctures (alcoholic), as it helps to give them a pleasant aroma, kill the unpleasant smell of alcohol and add its own note to the taste.
When preparing various dishes and drinks, cardamom is used both as whole grains and as a powder. The most popular green cardamom, due to its taste and aroma properties, and black cardamom is more used only for making tinctures and drinks, as well as unsweetened dishes.
Note: in India, a cafe or restaurant can serve cardamom grains after a meal in whole form (instead of chewing gum) to refresh the breath of visitors after a meal, as well as to improve digestion.
Let’s take a closer look at popular drinks with cardamom, which are not only delicious and have a pleasant aroma, but also useful, and are highly valued in many countries.
Coffee with cardamom
One of the most popular Eastern coffee recipes is coffee with cardamom. Cardamom helps to neutralize the negative effect of caffeine on the human body, and helps to increase the variety of aroma and taste of the coffee drink.
When cooking, a quarter of a teaspoon of cardamom is taken and added at the very beginning of coffee brewing or at the end of the process. Coffee with cardamom is traditionally brewed in Turkey, but it can also be prepared in a coffee machine.
Tea with cardamom
An equally popular drink with cardamom is cardamom tea. This drink is very fragrant, perfectly tones and energizes.
Usually use black tea, as it goes well with cardamom. Grains or boxes of cardamom are put in the brew, or buy ready-made packaged and mixed in the right proportions with cardamom tea.
Tea with cardamom is very useful for colds, it helps reduce sore throats, soothes the mucous in the throat, and also supports a weakened immune system.
Milk with cardamom
Milk with cardamom is an effective sedative before going to bed after a hard day’s work. It helps you relax and fall asleep.
To improve the effect, a spoonful of honey is added to the milk with cardamom, but the milk is not brought to a boil.
In conclusion, cardamom is an unusual and noble spice, widely known around the world, which has many useful properties. When using cardamom (as well as other spices) for medicinal purposes, it is never superfluous to consult a doctor, since it still has certain contraindications.