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Health Benefits and Side Effects of Tamarind

Updated on November 6, 2012

A few days ago, I was chatting with my friend about some of the food preparations in South India and we started talking about the usage of tamarind in the food preparations. She told me something about the side effects of tamarind which surprised me, as I had never heard of this side effect earlier. As such, I decided to do some more research on the side effects of tamarind as well as its health benefits. This post naturally comes from that small research I did.

Before talking about the side effects of tamarind, let us first see what the benefits of this fruit are, since this fruit is healthy in many ways.

Health benefits of tamarind

Tamarind has several nutrients that are absolutely necessary for our body. In fact, tamarind is rich in Vitamin C and B as well as carotenes. It is also rich in antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Tamarind juice is a rich source of thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and iron. All these nutrients provide the following health benefits.

· Since tamarind is rich in Vitamin C, it helps in improving your body immunity against viral infections such as cold and fever.

· Tamarind has a sticky pulp which is rich in dietary fiber. A 100 g serving of the tamarind pulp gives you about 13% of dietary fiber. This fiber in your food augments bowel movement, hence preventing constipation. It also binds the toxins in the food and thus protects the colon mucus membrane from cancer.

· The dietary fiber also binds the bile salts that are produced from cholesterol, and decreases their re-absorption in the colon. This reduces the LDL cholesterol levels in the body by removing the bad cholesterol.

· Tamarind contains rich deposits of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and tartaric acid (Vitamin E, number E334) which are powerful antioxidants. These fight the cancer causing free radicals in the body.

· It has good deposits of minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium. Iron is required for producing red blood cells in the body. Potassium is necessary in regulating heart rate and blood pressure. Magnesium improves the body’s capacity to absorb calcium, and aids in strengthening bones and teeth.

Side effects of tamarind

Tamarind is a healthy fruit. However, anything in excess can be bad. It can also cause certain adverse effects if you are already suffering from certain health conditions.

· The recommended daily intake of tamarind is about 0.8% of the dietary intake. An intake excess to that may lead to glucose deficiency in the body.

· Tamarind shows the worst side effects if you are taking certain types of medicines such as aspirin. For example, interaction of tamarind with aspirin worsens the risk of bleeding.

· Excessive tamarind pulp intake may lead to tamarind allergy, where the person becomes hypersensitive to tamarind. Some of the symptoms of this allergy include vomiting, dizziness, trouble breathing, itching, and rarely tingling and fainting.

You can easily minimize the side effects of tamarind by limiting the intake of tamarind on a daily basis. For adults, it is recommended that the intake does not exceed 10 g per day.

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      Sudhahar 15 months ago

      I have the problem of knee & joint pain after taking the tamarind dishes. Shall i know the remedies for that.

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      Zofi 2 years ago

      As a child, I used to have green as well as rip tamarind, and never had any issues. Last week, I picked tamarind juice from a grocery shop and had less than a cup. Next day, I was feeling dizzy whole day, followed by fever, rashes all over the body including face & inner ear and many other places. I had never ever thought my body would react to tamarind

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      Zainab Hakim 2 years ago

      Add Your Comment..v knowledgeable.