Why Eating Tamarind – A Few Benefits of Eating Tamarind


Tamarind is actually an exotic fruit whose name originates from the Persian word ‘tamar-i-hing’, meaning ‘date if India’. It has a lot of health benefits. Many studies proved its extracts are so good at abdominal pain, diarrhea, parasitic infections, inflammation, dysentery, fever, gonorrhea, constipation, and eye diseases. Its extracts have antimicrobial, anti-venom, antioxidant, and wound healing characteristics. Tamarind extracts are so effective against diabetes, asthma, and malaria.

What actually is tamarind?

Tamarind grows on extremely tall trees which are part of the family of Fabaceae (peas, beans, and some other legumes). These trees grow in dry and warm areas in India, Mexico, North Africa, and Asia. They give long and brown pods which are filled with tiny brown seeds. The unripe tamarinds have a tangy and sharp taste.

Take a look at the benefits provided by the tamarinds:

If you consume only 100 grams of tamarind, it will provide you with the following percentage of these nutrients which are recommended to be consumed on a daily basis:

– 36% thiamine

– 35% iron

– 23% magnesium

– 16% phosphorus

For a long period of time, tamarinds have been used for relieving stomach discomfort, improving digestion, and treating bile disorder.

Also, they contain a big quantity of tartaric acid that gives their tangy taste. Tartaric acid is so important because it is a powerful antioxidant which destroys the free radicals.

Tamarind was used in the traditional preparation of home-made natural remedies for sunstroke, rheumatism, sore throat, and inflammation. Tamarind leaves and flowers, dried or boiled, are used for conjunctivitis, swollen joints, boils, and haemorrhoids.

Tamarind pulp is so rich in mucilage, pectin, tannins, and hemicelluloses. Only 100 grams of tamarind pulp will provide you with approximately 13 of the daily intake of fibre. At the same time, it eliminates bad cholesterol.

Tamarind trees are largely used because of their high content of mineral. They are abundant in potassium, selenium, calcium, zinc, iron, and copper. Potassium is vital for reducing blood pressure, as for the cell fluids which are regulating the blood pressure. Iron is essential for the red blood cells production. This exotic fruit contains vitamins A, C, niacin, folic acid, and riboflavin.

So, to sum up, tamarinds are proved to be effective in the treatment of various health issues and that is why they are so much used in Ayurvedic treatments for curing gastric and digestive problems, cardiovascular problems as well. Now, that you have in mind all the above-mentioned benefits, consider including this exotic fruit into your daily food diet in order to improve your well-being.


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