Cardamom can reduce high blood sugar levels, thereby preventing the development of diabetes.
Another of its virtues is its ability to reduce high blood pressure.
According to medics, cardamom can help reduce high blood sugar levels. It is precisely the spikes in sugar and its chronically high concentration that can be a prerequisite for the development of type 2 diabetes, experts tell Food News.
Cardamom is called the king of spices – it is well known to scientists for its antioxidant and anti-cancer activity. But research confirms its anti-diabetic properties.
In particular, they cite a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Its participants, who were overweight or obese patients with type 2 diabetes, were given 3 grams of green cardamom supplement a day. The subjects recorded an increase in Irisin, an enzyme which improves insulin sensitivity as well as glucose metabolism. In addition, the subjects had improved glycaemic status scores, lipid profile and oxidative stress biomarkers.
People with diabetes should increase their consumption of cardamom: it not only helps regulate blood sugar levels, but also helps manage other complications associated with the disease. In particular, it can strengthen the immune response against metabolic enzymes and is useful to protect against metabolic syndrome, the growth of belly fat, the scientists noted.
They recommend taking black and green cardamom. In addition to helping with high blood sugar, the ‘store-bought’ spice also helps reduce plasma triglycerides and improve blood pressure levels. Researchers attribute this to the high antioxidant content of cardamom. In addition, the spice activates urination and helps remove excess water, which has a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
“People with diabetes are particularly at risk of hypertension, which can also lead to cardiovascular disease and digestive problems. Adding cardamom extract to coffee or tea can help them regulate their blood pressure and reduce the likelihood of complications such as heart failure,” the researchers state.