Spice Up Your Life and Live Longer

These flavor-boosting spices and seasonings pack a powerful health punch -- they can ease pain, steady your blood sugar, soothe digestive upsets and more (16 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:18PM

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Cardamom Can Lower Blood Pressure

This aromatic spice (it has a spicy, slightly citrusy flavor) is a popular addition to meat, rice and bread recipes in Arabian and Ethiopian cooking. Cardamom lovers also sneak this spice to hot coffee and tea to add a touch of sweetness and bring out their rich flavor.

In a study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, when folks with high blood pressure added cardamom to their daily diets it helped normalize their pressure readings in as little as 12 weeks. Turns out cardamom relaxes the muscles lining blood vessels so they’re less likely to tighten up and cause blood pressure surges. The study-proven dose is roughly 1/2 teaspoon daily. Cardamom cookies, anyone?

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