As much as I love cardamom for its flavor alone, I was very intrigued by the ancient wisdom around its health benefits. After all, wouldn’t it be wonderful if flavorful foods were also super foods? If cardamom tasted so darn good but also had REAL health benefits, there was absolutely no reason for me not to use it in my kitchen regularly.
To separate fact from fiction, I dug into modern scientific research that has put to test some of cardamom’s ancient health enhancing benefits. And here’s what I found.
Of the five traditionally claimed benefits, there is decent to good scientific evidence for three, namely cardamom’s anti-bacterial activity, its ability to promote digestive health and its general detoxification capacity. Tied to this last property, there are several studies from independent research groups that show cardamom has potent anti-cancer effects! This was a nice surprise. Another modern scientific addition to ancient wisdom is cardamom’s ability to relieve post-operative nausea through aromatherapy as part of a concoction of essential oils from ginger, spearmint and peppermint.