- Cardamom can help control blood pressure numbers
- It can also help you regulate blood sugar levels
- Cardamom can help you control bad breath
Cardamom is a common ingredient found in almost every Indian kitchen. It has a strong aroma which is why it is commonly used while preparing tea. It is also added to different sweet dishes and curries. You will be surprised to know that a small piece of cardamom is can offer you many health benefits. Several studies have also highlighted the medicinal properties of cardamom. Recently, nutritionist Lovneet Batra also highlighted the benefits of adding cardamom to diet in an Instagram story. Let’s take a look at these.
Do not miss these health benefits of cardamom
1. Aids in digestion
The first benefit that the nutritionist mentioned in the story is – this powerful spice can help you fight digestive issues. According to studies, cardamom can help you relieve nausea and other digestive discomforts.
2. Packed with antioxidants, help control blood pressure
Studies have highlighted the presence of high levels of antioxidants in cardamom. This property helps in regulating blood pressure. The diuretic effect of cardamom also helps control blood pressure. The potassium content of cardamom also further lowers blood pressure.
3. Contains anti-inflammatory properties
“High anti-inflammatory effect of cardamom can help prevent chronic diseases,” Batra mentions in the story. Cardamom can help protect cells from damage and control inflammation in the body, resulting in a lower risk of chronic conditions.
4. Prevents bad breath
Cardamom has a sweet, mint-like flavour that can help you keep bad breath at bay. Many chew cardamom post-meal as a mouth freshener. It may also help kill common mouth bacteria.
5. Regulates blood sugar levels
Cardamom is also beneficial for people with diabetes as it may help control blood sugar levels. A study published in 2017 suggests that cardamom can help control blood sugar levels. The study was conducted on rats. More intensive studies on humans are required to elaborate the effect.
You can add cardamom to your diet in several ways. Prepare a tea, chew post meals, or add it to sweets or desserts.
(Lovneet Batra is a Delhi-based Nutritionist)
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