Cardemom as a nootropic

There is a reason why ‘spices’ and ‘speculaas’ are so similar: namely, ‘speculation’ also has its origins in the colonial spice trade. In the beginning, pepper was as expensive as gold. Why? Because the parasite had stoked up or killed all the people with local herb knowledge in order to gain a monopoly on…curing people.

So now the knowledge was missing on how to make food tasty with local herbs, and the great programme of making the population ever more stupid could begin. Potatoes, nightshades, tobacco, coffee and especially alcohol were introduced step by step, and ways were invented to make a lot of money by creating demand among a drugged population, who suddenly all wanted pepper or nutmeg or other exotic substances because they did not know how to distinguish their asses from their elbows in the field of plants and herbs. Making money with money thus began with genocide and with the controlled creation of supply and demand.

True cardamom (Matonia cardamomun) illustration from Medical Botany (1836) by John Stephenson and James Morss Churchill.

However, what we considered to be ‘spices’ for which our dignitaries apparently spent all their money (‘You have taste’) were often simply medicines in other cultures. In India, for example, Cardamom is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic medicinal plants – I remember being given a kind of herbal mixture for Asthma in India, and it tasted so much like Cardamom.

The healing power of Cardamom

Cardamom is related to ginger and is naturally an excellent source of Zinc. So taking zinc tablets is completely unnecessary: drink a glass of water containing a spoonful of cardamom every evening before going to bed. Why?

It is a remedy against nocturnal dehydration of the throat and ensures that your digestion works better at night. This improves your metabolism, and you will lose weight just a little faster and digest your food better. In addition, the zinc and other substances are a good protection against pathogens.

Cineol, known from rosemary and cannabis

In addition to 70% of the RDA of zinc and many other minerals, cardamom also contains Cineol, a terpene substance that we also know from rosemary and the cannabis plant. It is thanks to Cineol that all three have such a strong and recognisable smell. Cineol is one of the best anti-bacterial agents, I don’t think you need to tell cannabis and rosemary fans that, but these two have a sister plant.

Cardamom and diabetes

Scientific research shows that daily use of cardamom lowers insulin resistance:
‘After intervention, mean TC (p = 0.02) and LDL-C (p = 0.01) significantly decreased and insulin sensitivity (p = 0.03) increased in the cardamom group.’ – see article

Antidepressant and nootropic

Cardamom is also thought to stimulate the production of serotonin. But what is perhaps even more interesting is the following research: in mice, the substance was found to promote both weight loss and a better learning curve. The conclusion that cardamom is a nootropic that most people only know as a scarcely used kitchen herb is therefore obvious:

Cardamom is a nootropic


A glass of cardamom every evening, certainly for weight loss and diabetes a godsend. And also for prevention of diseases and infections.

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