Cardamom, the ‘Queen’ of Indian spices, is popularly known as 'elaichi' in Hindi. It is one of the most expensive spices and is mostly grown in the southern part of India, in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Because of its wonderful aroma, unique flavour,  and medicinal values, it is widely used while preparing numerous types of food items, beverages and desserts. It also acts as a mouth freshener after meals. Cardamom oil is a popular ingredient in the preparation of foods and medicines too.  In Hindu mythology, it is considered as holy or ‘shuddh’ and makes it to the list of worship materials as well.

There are two types of Indian Cardamom - Green Cardamom and Black Cardamom:

 

  1. Green Cardamom (or, when bleached, white cardamom)Black cardamom (also known as brown, greater or large cardamom)
  2. Black Cardamom (also known as brown, greater or large cardamom)

 

There are many health benefits of Cardamom. Let’s have a look at some of them:

  1. Aids in digestion: Cardamom works as an effective remedy for digestive problems. It can be eaten raw or with a mix of certain spices to keep the digestive system intact. It is known to be an effective spice in problems related to constipation, acidity, nausea, gas, bloating, heartburn, etc.
  2. Acts as a detoxifying agent: Cardamom is a wonderful detoxifying agent. It helps the body to get rid of toxins helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
  3. Treats depression: Cardamom is known for its antidepressant qualities. Studies have proved that a prolonged consumption of cardamom tea helps treat depression and mood swings.
  4. Acts as an antioxidant: Cardamom is comprised of various essential nutrients and vitamins that act as antioxidants. They help clean the free radicals and resist cellular ageing.
  5. For Oral health care: cardamom has antibacterial properties and an aroma that helps treat bad breath. Apart from being an effective remedy for bad breath, it is also majorly used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat.

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