Superfoods 2018: Cardamom, The Queen of Spices

Cardamom is a spice that westerners are beginning to use. It originated in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Sometimes referred to as “the queen of spices.” Cardamom can swing sweet or savory. Its warm flavor pairs well with cinnamon.

Cardamom Pods


5 Reasons To Use Cardamom

#1  Prevents colorectal cancer

Studies conducted by Sengupta et al. at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata have shown that dietary cardamom had a positive result in counteracting colorectal cancer to an extent of 48%.

#2  Protects your heart

Studies conducted at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceuticals at the College of Pharmacy of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia showed that cardamom administration for cardiovascular conditions resulted in a lower heartbeat and control of hypertension.

#3  Antidepressant

Cardamom is believed to have anti-depressant properties.

#4  Antimicrobial properties

For thousands of years, cardamom was thought to possess infection-fighting properties. For modern science, it means that cardamom contains antimicrobial properties. This theory was tested at the Van Yüzüncü Yil University. It was observed that the oils from cardamom were able to inhibit the growth and spread of some very dangerous microbes that regularly cause food poisoning (e.g., Staphylococcus)

#5  Anti-inflammatory properties

Recent research evidence suggests that cardamom possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

Interested? Try some of these recipes using cardamom from Bone Appetit.