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6 healthy reasons to switch to cardamom tea

Cardamom tea is not just relaxing, but it also offers a plethora of health benefits. Read now!

The aromatic cardamom seeds can be brewed into a strong, healthy tea. The tea has an extremely strong flavour, and it typically overwhelms other spices. It is a reservoir of vitamins A, B and C, other minerals and essential nutrients required by your body. From relieving an upset stomach to treating a common cold, the humble tea has a number of health benefits. But make sure you have it sans milk and sugar. Here are some of them.

Boosts digestive health

Drinking cardamom tea can be a wonderful way to ease digestive problems such as stomach ache, bloating and indigestion[1]. It contains over 25 volatile oils that combine to strengthen the mucosal lining of your stomach, making it a great remedy for acidity. The best way to keep acidity at bay is to drink a cup of cardamom tea right after your meals. Furthermore, the tea can improve your appetite and is a natural remedy for treating intestinal worms.

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Eases nausea and vomiting

Nausea is another condition this wonder tea can ease. It is an antispasmodic and helps relieve nausea and vomiting. It can also help you deal with motion sickness by reducing queasiness and stomach ache associated with it.

Treats symptoms of cold and flu

The tea can be a tasteful solution to ease the symptoms of cold and flu such as sore throat, chest congestion, and cough[2]. Cardamom tea thins the mucous and acts as an expectorant, relieving wet cough and sore throat. To get relief from cough and cold, drink about four to five cups of the tea in between your meals.

Relieves bad breath and toothache

This sweet and savoury tea is an excellent remedy for toothache. You can either drink the tea or swish it in your mouth to relieve the pain. Plus, the antibacterial properties of cardamom tea is ideal to do away with bad breath. Drinking a cup of cardamom tea after your meals can be beneficial in treating bad breath, preventing cavities and tooth decay. These 8 natural tips also help beat bad breath.

Strengthens immune system

This tea is great to detoxify your body and strengthen your immune system. It is rich in antioxidants and zinc, that helps strengthen your immune system. You can also add a pinch of black pepper powder while brewing the tea as it contains carotene and other essential minerals that a healthy body needs[3].

Gives you a glowing skin

Sipping this aromatic tea can work wonders for your skin too. It is packed with antioxidants that can slow down the ageing process and give you glowing, youthful skin. Drinking a cup of cardamom daily, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by boosting the production of collagen. These 7 foods can also help prevent wrinkles.

Here is how you can brew cardamom tea:

  • In boiling water, put two tablespoons of cardamom seeds.
  • Allow it to steep for 15-20 minutes and decant the solution.
  • If you wish, you can add some lemon juice and enjoy your hot cup of tea.

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References:

[1] Jafri MA, Farah, Javed K, Singh S. Evaluation of the gastric antiulcerogeniceffect of large cardamom (fruits of Amomum subulatum Roxb). J Ethnopharmacol.2001 May;75(2-3):89-94. PubMed PMID: 11297839.

[2] Kubo I, Himejima M, Muroi H. Antimicrobial activity of flavor components of cardamom Elettaria cardamomum (Zingiberaceae) seed. J Agric Food Chem. 1991;39:1984 6.

[3] J Med Food. 2010 Apr;13(2):371-81. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2009.1131.In vitro investigation of the potential immunomodulatory and anti-cancer activities of black pepper (Piper nigrum) and cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum). Majdalawieh AF(1), Carr RI.

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