It is exotic and amazing fruit. It is called tamarind and the name derives from the Persian “tamar-i-hind”, that actually means “date of India”. It has many health benefits and we will present you some of them.
Different studies have discovered that tamarind extracts can be beneficial for fevers, dysentery, gonorrhea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, inflammation, parasitic infections and eye diseases. Moreover the extracts of tamarind are antioxidant, wound-healing, antimicrobial, anti-venom and extremely effective against asthma, diabetes and malaria.
Scientists reported that the geraniol which can be found in tamarinds needs additional investigation for pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention.
We present you additional information about tamarind and its health benefits.
What is tamarind?
It is an exotic fruit which grows on extremely tall trees that are part of the fabaceae family (peas, beans and other legumes). It mostly grows in dryer and warmer areas of Asia, India, North Africa and Mexico.
The tree produces very long and brown pods which are filled with small brown seeds. The brown seeds are surrounded with a sticky pulp. Tamarinds have a tangy and sharp taste when they are not ripe.
These are some of their amazing benefits:
• In 100 grams of tamarind you can find the following percentage of the daily recommended dosage of the following nutrients: 35% of iron, 36% of thiamin; 16% of phosphorus and 23% of magnesium.
• In the past, tamarinds were used for easing stomach discomfort, aiding digestion, treating bile disorders and often were used as a laxative.
• Tamarind contains non-starch polysaccharides and their pulp binds with bile and flushes out the waste through the colon.
• They contain high levels of tartaric acid and that is why they have a tangy taste. However, they function as a powerful antioxidant which successfully eliminates harmful free radicals from the organism.
• People use tamarinds to prepare different natural remedies for sunstroke, rheumatism, fever, sore throat and inflammation. The flowers and leaves of tamarinds can be boiled or dried and made into poultices for conjunctivitis, sprains, swollen joints, hemorrhoids and boils.
• Besides the non-starch polysaccharides, the pulp of the tamarind is full of mucilage, pectin, tannins and hemicelluloses. 100 grams of its pulp is 13% of the daily recommended dosage for fiber. The pulp can be used for elimination and reduction of bad cholesterol levels.
• They also contain many minerals including selenium, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron and copper. Potassium is extremely beneficial for heart rate and blood pressure, because it is an important part of cell and bodily fluids which are responsible for controlling the heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is very important for production of red blood cells.
• It is an exotic fruit which is full of other vitamins including vitamin C, A, folic acid, niacin, and .
• There are other phytochemicals that can be found in tamarinds such as geranion, limonene, safrole, pyrazine, cinnamic acid, alkyl¬thiazoles and methyl salicylate.
The conclusion is that tamarinds are beneficial for different health issues and that is why this exotic fruit is constantly used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating cardiovascular conditions, digestive and gastric problems. If you consider all of the above-mentioned benefits you can certainly say that they should be included in your diet for improving you overall well-being.