As we age, our risk of developing high blood pressure is almost an inevitability.
Left untreated, this condition can put your heart at risk, giving rise to heart disease and heart failure.
However, you needn’t put yourself at risk–and now there’s evidence a certain spice could help.
How Cardamom Can Help
Native to India, cardamom is one of the most expensive–and fragrant–spices in the world.
Typically, it’s used to spice up a variety of curries, where only a tiny amount is needed to impart flavor.
However, its effects on the heart are much more potent.
In one study, 20 people who took 1.5 grams of cardamom powder twice per day for 12 weeks had significantly lower blood pressure.
Though the study didn’t look at cardamom in depth, it did clearly show it helped lower blood pressure in those with diagnosed hypertension (high blood pressure).
Now that’s an easy way to keep your blood pressure under control, regardless of age.
To enjoy, try adding a sprinkle of cardamom to savory soups, stews, or as a meat rub.
Its smoky flavor helps enhance the flavor of richer, meatier dishes, and pairs well with other Indian spices, such as saffron and garam masala.