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Chew on Cardamom

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  • The unique essence of the tiny ground-up seeds known as cardamom starts inside an odd-shaped pod, which multiple studies show can have healing effects on oral health
  • Black and green cardamom pods can vary color-wise, depending on the variety: green or “true” cardamom in the small elettaria variety, or black, white or red for the larger amomum type, and the medicinal effects are different for each
  • Some of the most notable health reasons to chew cardamom pods include fibers that clean your outer teeth and compounds that are antibacterial and antimicrobial, and that cut nicotine cravings
  • Compounds in cardamom that exert healing effects include limonene, linalool, eugenol, quercetin and alpha-terpinyl acetate, which are oil-based flavonoids with potent antioxidant power

By Dr. Mercola

Cardamom is a spice that, if not relatively unknown in the U.S., could be termed as one that’s used very seldom. In the culinary world, however, cardamom is recognized as an ancient and sought-after seasoning that originated in tropical parts of India, Nepal, South Asia and the Middle East. Packaged in a rather large, odd-shaped pod, cardamom is renowned as the third-most expensive spice in the world (as high as $30 per pound, behind saffron and vanilla).


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