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August 15, 2023

Adding this spice to your diet could help with weight loss, new study finds

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A new study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences has found that adding this spice to your diet regularly could actually assist with weight loss and weight management.

Researchers, at the Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture at Texas A&M AgriLife, found consuming the spice cardamom increased fat loss and reduced inflammation.

A favourite in Indian cuisine, scientists actually looked at the effects of eating the spice on mice.

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Spices: Top view of a black bowl filled with cardamom pods shot on abstract brown rustic table. A wooden serving scoop is beside the bowl and cardamom pods are scattered on the table. Useful copy space available for text and/or logo. Predominant colors are green and brown. Low key DSRL studio photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM.
Spices: Top view of a black bowl filled with cardamom pods shot on abstract brown rustic table. A wooden serving scoop is beside the bowl and cardamom pods are scattered on the table. Useful copy space available for text and/or logo. Predominant colors are green and brown. Low key DSRL studio photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. (iStock)

They were able to identify that cardamom modulates the neuroendocrine axis that regulates food intake, body weight, mitochondrial activity, and energy expenditure in mice.

In other terms, it made the animals hungrier, but it also helped them burn more energy and lose fat.

Principal investigator Dr Luis Cisneros-Zevallos said the spice could be used “as a promoter of overall health”.

“What we found is that this small spice can burn calories and maintain body weight while increasing appetite and food consumption,” he said.

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Cardamom is commonly used in sweet and savoury food and drink around the world and is particularly popular in Indian and Indian-inspired dishes, such as pilau rice, curries, rice pudding and chai.

Even though the findings were based on mice, Dr Cisneros-Zevallos estimates that an adult weighing around 60 kilograms would need to eat at least 77 milligrams to see the benefits – which is about eight to 10 pods a day.

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Cardamom is commonly used in Indian and Indian-inspired dishes. (Getty)

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“Cardamom seeds, with this new functionality, can be used in different industries, including the sports industry, functional foods and dietary supplements to favour the production of healthier foods,” Dr Cisneros-Zevallos said.

“There is a wide range of potential health products for cardamom and its naturally occurring compounds.”

Other health benefits of Cardamom

Cardamom may be helpful for people with high blood pressure. In one study, researchers gave three grams of cardamom powder a day to 20 adults who were newly diagnosed with high blood pressure. After 12 weeks, blood pressure levels had significantly decreased to the normal range.

The spice is also rich in compounds that may fight inflammation. Antioxidants, found in abundance in cardamom, protect cells from damage and stop inflammation from occurring.

It has been used for thousands of years to help with digestion and is often mixed with other medicinal spices to relieve discomfort, nausea and vomiting.

When taken in powder form, cardamom may lower blood sugar. And the use of cardamom to treat bad breath and improve oral health is another ancient remedy. In some cultures, it’s common to freshen your breath by eating entire cardamom pods after a meal.

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