3 Cardamom Side Effects You Should Be Aware Of

Beware, this sweet and aromatic spice may do you more harm than good.

Reviewed by Mayuri Aavula, MSc (Nutrition)
By Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

Cardamom is a popular condiment that adds a subtle sweet flavor to any dish. It is widely used and consumed across various cuisines of the world. However, are you aware that there are certain side effects of cardamom as well? However surprising it may seem, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when eating cardamoms. While it is mostly used as a sweetening spice to enrich the flavor of many desserts, gravies, and rice dishes, you should be careful about not overdoing it! You should know how much of cardamom is just right and how much more would do you more harm than good. To help you get a better idea, we have done all the required research and summed down the various side effects of cardamom for you! Have a look to make the most out of this flavorful spice without any worries!

Commonly Known Green Cardamom Side Effects

Green cardamom can cause some side effects

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If you are an Indian, you must know that cardamom is referred to as the queen of spices in India. This flavored and aromatic herb is often used as an herbal supplement. However, you may astonish to know that this relatively less harmful herb has some side effects. The consequences are prominent when the intake is higher than the desired amount. Some people, who chew cardamom as a habit, may experience some side effects at times. Check out some of the most common side effects of cardamom.

1. Allergies Due To Cardamom

Cardamom can trigger skin allergies

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If used for a prolonged time and in large quantities, cardamom might lead to some unexplained allergic reactions (1). Skin allergy known as contact dermatitis is a popular type of skin rash developed due to over intake of cardamom (2). Some people may also experience hives if they are sensitive to cardamom but intake cardamom unknowingly. Again, some of you may be hypersensitive to cardamom. You may also experience a type of respiratory trouble if you consume cardamom excessively. You might witness the following symptoms when having respiratory allergic reactions due to cardamom.

  • Chest or throat tightness
  • Uncomfortable feeling
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory trouble

2. Gallstone Complications Due To Cardamom

Cardamom can aggravate gallstone complications

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Did you know that excessive consumption of cardamom might lead to gallstone? Most anecdotal studies suggest that too much intake of cardamom causes gallstone complications. It is often found that our digestive system fails to absorb cardamom completely. This results in sedimentation of the same seeds within our bodies. This process eventually leads to the growth of gallbladder stones. Further, if you already have this problem, you should abstain from having it. Eating cardamom is a strict ‘no’ for gallbladder stone patients. The gallstone pain increases heavily if you intake excess cardamom by chance. In addition, cardamom intake may lead to infection and bleeding when a person with gallstones consumes the same. However, research is limited in this regard.

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Intake of excess cardamom during pregnancy is not recommended as it might stimulate the uterus and cause premature labor.

3. Drug Interactions of Cardamom

Cardamom can interact with certain medicines

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You should consume cardamom consciously if you are following any medicinal course (3). This is so, because some drugs may interact with cardamom adversely and lead to serious health consequences. If you are negligent to this situation, you might escalate the disorder for which you eating medicines. Many of us are not aware of such interaction and continue having cardamom regularly. The chance of drug interaction is higher in people who consume the same regular habit without knowing the consequences. Avoid eating this as a mouth freshener if you are consuming any of the following types of medicines.

  • HIV drugs
  • Anticoagulants
  • Liver medicines
  • Antidepressants
  • Aspirin
  • Anti-platelet drugs
  • Gallstone medicines
  • Irritable bowel syndrome medicines
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Color is a crucial factor to consider when choosing cardamom. Hence, always choose fresh cardamoms that are plump and olive or green in color.

How To Avoid The Cardamom Side Effects

Limited cardamom consumption reduces side effects

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Do not get afraid of the above cardamom seeds’ side effects. This is still a less harmful herb you can have confidently. However, it is always better to consume any eatable maintaining a limit. Do not ever consume the same excessively. Always consult your physician about whether you can eat cardamom when you are suffering from any health disorder.

Cardamom is one of the popular spices used in many dishes for its unique aroma. It offers important benefits and is a part of many delicacies worldwide. However, it also may pose certain side effects. These are associated with excess cardamom intake for long durations. Some common side effects include allergies, contact dermatitis, increased risk of gallstones, and drug interactions. Caution is highly advised to minimize these side effects. However, if you are not allergic to cardamom and do not have any health complications, you can consume it in moderation to enjoy its benefits.

Infographic: Symptoms Of Allergic Reaction To Cardamom

Cardamom is a popular condiment which is used as a sweetening spice to enrich the flavor of many desserts and rice dishes. But sometimes it may surprisingly cause some unexpected side effects in some individuals.

Scroll down to browse through the symptoms to identify the side effects of cardamom listed in the infographic below.

symptoms of side effects of cardamom [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Cardamom is one of the popular spices used in many dishes for its unique aroma. It offers important benefits and is a part of many delicacies worldwide. However, it also may pose certain side effects. These are associated with excess cardamom intake for long durations. Some common side effects include allergies, contact dermatitis, increased risk of gallstones, and drug interactions. Caution is highly advised to minimize these side effects. However, if you are not allergic to cardamom and do not have any health complications, you can consume it in moderation to enjoy its benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if we eat cardamom daily?

Moderate consumption of cardamom may help support good health as it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties (4).

How much cardamom should I eat in a day?

Three to four green cardamoms per day are recommended.

Is cardamom poisonous?

No. Cardamom seeds are safe to consume and are a prized spice.

Does cardamom affect sperm count?

Anecdotal evidence suggests cardamom may increase sperm count, but there are not enough scientific studies to determine this.

Sources

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  1. Cardamom ( Elettaria cardamomum ) perinatal exposure effects on the development behavior and biochemical parameters in mice offspring
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319249312_Cardamom_Elettaria_cardamomum_perinatal_exposure_effects_on_the_development_behavior_and_biochemical_parameters_in_mice_offspring
  2. Allergic contact dermatitis from cardamom
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/138507/
  3. Effects of Perinatal Cardamom Exposure on Social Behavior Anxiety Locomotor Activity Blood Biochemical Parameters and Brain Acetylcholinesterase of Mice Offspring
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337963079_Effects_of_Perinatal_Cardamom_Exposure_on_Social_Behavior_Anxiety_Locomotor_Activity_Blood_Biochemical_Parameters_and_Brain_Acetylcholinesterase_of_Mice_Offspring
  4. The effects of green cardamom supplementation on blood glucose, lipids profile, oxidative stress, sirtuin-1 and irisin in type 2 diabetic patients: a study protocol for a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772716/
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Tanya is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She specializes in writing articles on ingredients that benefit skin,... more

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