Wellness Inside Out
Cardamom may be small yet it is full of flavour and health benefits. Just a pod of cardamom, a pinch of its powder or a drop of its extract instantly enhances the flavour of food and soothes the mind with its pleasing aroma. It has been traditionally used in India for flavouring food, in savoury, spicy and sweet preparations, and beverages from a cooling thandai to a refreshing cup of tea or coffee! “Cardamom has long been used as an effective herbal remedy for treating different ailments such as digestion and respiratory problems, heartburn, loss of appetite and also to prevent infections. It possesses antioxidant properties and is an effective detoxification agent”, says Aarathi Kiran, Sr. Manager – Technical, Bipha Ayurveda, based in Kottayam, Kerala. She explains that cardamom is good for health as it is contains vitamin C that boosts immunity, minerals (like potassium, calcium, and magnesium) that help control heart rate and blood pressure, and minerals (like copper and iron) that help in the production of red blood cells. “There are two main varieties of cardamom— the true or green cardamom that has more delicate flavours, and the black cardamom. Both contain minerals and vitamins, and are powerful antioxidants that cleanse the body internally. As toxins are eliminated for the system, the skin becomes healthy and glowing”. owing”.