Its pulp contains antioxidants, provides fiber, potassium and reduces levels of bad cholesterol.
Tamarind is a component tasty meal daily; It is used to prepare pickles, jams, syrups, candies and even barbecue sauces and seasonings or roasted meat, tamarind use is not limited only to improve the taste; the presence of vital nutrients in the tamarind has given medicinal values to this fruit. The tamarind is a tropical tree, native to areas like Africa and India and whose name derives from the Arabic “tamar”, i.e. “dry jujube”.
The tamarind fruit is a pod of 12 to 15 cm long brown in color; within the sheath is a soft tamarind pulp, also brown with shiny black seeds, the most nutritional part and is used in food. When young, the pulp has a very bitter taste, but becomes sweeter as it ripens; tamarind is a rich source of vitamins (vitamin C and vitamin B), fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients, providing many health benefits.
The tamarind is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to be effective in treating gastro-digestive problems.
Tamarind contains antioxidants as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; another powerful antioxidant that is responsible for the bitter taste of tamarind is tartaric acid. These antioxidants protect the body against cancer and harmful effects of free radicals.
Tamarind juice acts as a mild laxative:
Tamarind pulp is a rich source of dietary fiber that increase bowel movements and prevent constipation; 100 g tamarind pulp provides about 13% of the daily value of dietary fiber that binds to toxins in food and offer protection to the colonic mucous membrane against harmful chemicals.
It may take 1 or 2 tablespoons tamarind afternoon or drink a glass of tamarind juice at night before bed.
Tamarind also helps in reducing cholesterol levels and blood sugar, according to some studies in animals. Dietary fiber present in the pulp adhere to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) lowering its re absorption in the colon; This helps eliminate LDL cholesterol “bad cholesterol”; however, it is necessary to practice clinical tests in humans before recommending for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or diabetes.
Tamarind pulp is a rich source of potassium which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure by controlling the effects of sodium in the body; it helps to have a healthy heart.
Tamarind can induce healing of inflammations; various combinations of the pulp, leaves and flowers, when applied on the sore and swollen joints, can relieve discomfort greatly.
For those who suffer loss of appetite, drinking tamarind juice works as an appetite stimulant.
As it is a very rich source of vitamin C, it helps strengthen the immune system and protect the body against colds; also it serves as a good remedy to reduce fever.