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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”.

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