Cardamom (50 GM)
Small cardamom is a sought after spice in the Middle East market. It is cultivated in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. India is the second largest producer of small cardamom. Cardamom is the world's third-most expensive spice, surpassed in price per weight only by vanilla and saffron. The seeds, oils and extracts of cardamom are thought to have impressive medicinal properties and have been used in traditionally. Cardamom may help lower blood pressure, most likely due to its antioxidant and diuretic properties. Antioxidant compounds in cardamom help protect cells from damage and slow down and prevent inflammation in the body. It helps in digestion, treats bad breath and is a component of some chewing gums as it kills common mouth bacteria and prevent cavities. Compounds in cardamom may help increase airflow to the lungs and improve breathing. When taken in powder form, cardamom lowers blood sugar.