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The healing effect of cardamom

  1. Cardamom is a spice that is often used in Eastern cuisine, it is delicious in curry dishes and is used in speculaas. Green cardamom is the most common and has many health benefits as well as a great taste. Cardamom can be used to keep the mouth and breath fresh, to aid digestion, to combat depression and as an aphrodisiac. It can also help fight infections, cancer, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

What is cardamom

  1. Cardamom or Elettaria cardamomum is related to ginger

How to ingest

  1. Both the seeds and the seed pods can be used to flavor a dish. The seed pods are stewed in curry dishes, but not eaten. The seeds are crushed to a powder, they are usually sold in the seed pods to keep them fresh for longer. Cardamom is the main ingredient of Indian chai tea, it is used to flavor rice and is delicious in pumpkin dishes. In Belgium and the Netherlands, cardamom is best known as one of the ingredients of gingerbread spices in addition to cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger

Side Effects

  1. Cardamom is generally well tolerated, a normal dose is one to two grams per day. In overdose some side effects such as skin irritation and stomach pain may occur. Because cardamom causes the gallbladder to contract, mild stomach pain can be experienced and sometimes gallstones can form. Because the body cannot absorb a large amount of cardamom, a precipitate can form in the gallbladder, causing gallstones to form. Those who already suffer from gallstones should not take cardamom.

  2. Cardamom is generally well tolerated, a normal dose is one to two grams per day. With an overdose some side effects such as skin irritation and stomach pain may occur. Because cardamom causes the gallbladder to contract, mild stomach pain can be experienced and sometimes gallstones can form. Because the body cannot absorb a large amount of cardamom, a precipitate can form in the gallbladder, causing gallstones to form. Those who already suffer from gallstones should not take cardamom.



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