Cardamom could assist with your weight loss plans
Cardamon is one of the more expensive spices in your spice cabinet. As an Osteopathic physician, I am trained to investigate and approach suggested from my patients with an open mind. We are trained to take a holistic approach to any treatments we use. Over the years, I have had many of my patients recommend spices as a mean to treat many common ailments. Most of them lack any evidence but seem harmless so I tend to avoid being dismissive while explaining that I could not find any evidence to support their use. Cardamon is one that appears to have some evidence to support its use for weight loss.
Cardamon is a relative of cinnamon. It has a slight diuretic effect. Excess fluid accumulation in body cells can lead to weight gain but it is temporary. Since cardamom has a slight diuretic effect, it can help get rid of water retention by increasing urine output. Does this explain the weight loss effect? No, but diuresis is part of it. Cardamon also works to increase gut motility which might affect nutrient absorption.
Cardamom also appears to reduce fat accumulation in the abdominal region,,,. Central obesity is a significant risk for multiple diseases. Central obesity increases your risk of a host of metabolic problems to included metabolic syndrome cardiovascular problems. This research indicates that cardamom powder taken as a supplement may help prevent this abdominal fat deposition. The mechanism appears to be through improvement in glucose intolerance which the hallmark of metabolic syndrome. Cardamon The best part is cardamon seems to have no significant side effects.
The bottom line: Cardamon might help you with weight loss as both a diuretic and reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome. It will only work if you add it to a healthy portion-controlled diet and habits. It is easy to add to your diet by adding it to foods and drinks. You will like the flavor. It goes especially well with tea or coffee so add a pinch and enjoy the flavor.