Food – Cardamom, the Next Turmeric?

Turmeric has been the go-to spice for years. This golden spice has been the focus of many headlines, stating that it fights anything from common flu to depression. However, there is another healing spice worthy of high status.

Known as the Queen of Spices, cardamom is a nutritional powerhouse, typically used in the western hemisphere to flavor food. However, it is now becoming notorious for its medicinal purposes, including combating a variety of ailments, counteracting digestive problems, reducing inflammation in the stomach lining, while calming heartburn and nausea naturally. It also contains high levels of minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, iron, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C and can freshen your breath.

This pungent spice clears the bronchi and lungs of mucus, thereby cleaning the respiratory tract. It helps prevent and relieve symptoms of cold, cough, flu and bronchitis and is considered to be highly beneficial for asthma patients. It also acts as a natural remedy for whooping cough and bronchitis.

Cardamom helps dispel nausea, hiccups, and relief from other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps.

As a diuretic and fiber-rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers elevated blood pressure levels and stimulates bowel movements, thereby protecting from constipation. Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and platelets from sticking to the artery walls.

Studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against, inhibits growth of, and even kills some cancers.

Kitchen royalty, this versatile spice has earned its title medicinally and culinarily.


Banana Blueberry Bars


1 cup medjool dates, pitted and diced

1½ cups apple juice (or water)

1 cup oat flour (oats ground fine in blender)

2 cups rolled oats

½ tsp. cardamom

3 medium ripe bananas, diced

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

½ cup walnuts


  • Soak dates with apple juice in small bowl for at least 20 minutes.
  • Line bottom and sides of a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Combine oat flour, oats, and cardamom in large bowl; set aside.
  • In blender place bananas, vanilla extract, apple juice and dates; blend until creamy.
  • Pour banana mixture into dry ingredient bowl; mix with fork. Fold in blueberries and walnuts.
  • Pour batter into lined baking dish; smooth top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until light brown. Use toothpick to test for doneness.
  • Let cool 5–10 minutes. Serve.