Cardamom is a spice made from plant seeds. Grown in India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Guatemala, cardamom comes from a plant similar to ginger. Each small, green pod on the plant contains about 15 to 20 seeds. It's possible that cardamom has healing properties. The spice is popular in many cultures, and is one of the more expensive spices.
Medicinal Claims / Health Benefits
Evidence shows cardamom to be one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. Studies have shown it to be cancer preventive and heart protective, and can improve blood circulation and kill harmful H. pylori bacteria. It’s been used to treat dental diseases, urinary tract infections, ease gastrointestinal disorders, and cure gonorrhea and impotency.
Possible Side Effects / Allergies etc.
Cardamom is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth, but the potential side effects of cardamom are not known.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cardamom in medicinal amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Links to Research
Blood pressure lowering, fibrinolysis enhancing and antioxidant activities of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Jan. 2013
Antioxidative effects of the spice cardamom against non-melanoma skin cancer by modulating nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 and NF-κB signalling pathways, Jan. 2013
Spices In Cancer Prevention: An Overview, Jan. 2013