10 Amazing Tamarind Health Benefits
I LOVE the sweet and sour taste of fresh Tamarind pulp.
Tamarind is a traditional must have item in every Indian/Sri-Lankan household. We use it to add its beautiful tangy taste to various dishes. We also use it to minimize the spiciness of curries at times.
It can be eaten raw and that's how me and my sister like it the best. Our mom doesn't like it when we eat raw Tamarind so I decided to do a little research on it to find out the benefits and bad points (if any) of Tamarind fruit.
The first thing I've found out about Tamarind is it’s originally from Africa, that’s interesting because all these years I thought it was from India or Sri-Lanka.
In the Europe and America, most people only use bottled Tamarind which tastes nothing like the delicious tarty taste of a fresh Tamarind pulp.
If you ever want to taste it, always go for the fresh ones and you won’t regret. Okay let’s get started with the health benefits of Tamarind.
NO 1: Tamarind helps lower cholesterol in blood.
An animal food and chemical research study carried out in 2006 has found out that Tamarind reduced Cholesterol level by 50% and Triglyceride by 60% for the hamsters that were fed with the Tamarind extract for 10 weeks.
NO 2: Got a sore throat? Tamarind can help.
Tamarind is packed with antibacterial properties that help fight off fever, flu and sore throat.
Mix a teaspoon of tamarind pulp into warm water and gargle to get fast relief from sore throat.
NO 3: Tamarind is known as a mild laxative.
Means, the polysaccharides (dietary fiber) in Tamarind helps to soften the feces in your body so you can have an easy bowel movement. In plain and easy to understand English that would be, Tamarind helps you get rid of constipation and makes the dump pass out smoothly.
NO 4: It is Carminative.
What the heck does this mean? It means Tamarind acts as a natural medicine to get rid of waste poisonous gases from your body through the anal opening. I guess that will be the polite way of saying, Tamarind helps you fart out the waste gases from your body.
NO 5: Tamarind gives your body a good immune boost.
It’s loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins that will strengthen your immune system.
How to eat fresh tamarind
NO 6: Contains properties that have cancer fighting ability.
The tartaric acid and carotene present in Tamarind is said to have the ability to fight cancer cells.
NO 7: Natural morning sickness relief for pregnant women.
Some compounds present in Tamarind make it a treat for pregnant women to get rid of morning sickness.
NO 8: Tamarind is packed with Antioxidants and Vitamins for the skin.
Antioxidants help prevent and repair skin cell damage by preventing the free radicals from oxidizing. Along with vitamins C and E, Tamarind acts as a super food for the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which help prevent skin conditions like eczema and acne.
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NO 9: Relief from dry eyes.
Another great health benefit of Tamarind is, the polysaccharides present in Tamarind seeds are known to help treat and prevent dry eye symptoms. It’s available in liquid form to be used as eye drops but you must consult with your doctor before using it.
NO 10: Helps control blood sugar and appetite.
Studies have found out that carbohydrates present in Tamarind helps lower blood sugar level and control appetite. It has been known to be used in large amounts for diabetic medications every year.
Does Tamarind have any side effects?
Yes. You know how they say too much of anything is bad for you, it applies for Tamarind too.
- Avoid taking Tamarind if you’re already taking other medicines like Aspirin and Ibuprofen. It has been known to increase blood loss if taken with other medicine.
- Tamarind is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
- The fact that it helps lower blood sugar is a good thing for some people and bad for others.