This wonderful exotic fruit that is called tamarind or Tamarindus Indica. The name comes from the Persian “tamar-i-hind” that means “date of India”. It has been proven that this fruit has many health benefits.
Some studies have shown that the extracts of the tamarind are beneficial for the abdominal pain, dysentery, diarrhea, fevers, parasitic infection, gonorrhea, constipation, eye diseases, and inflammation. The tamarind extracts are also anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-venom, wound-healing, and effective against diabetes, malaria and asthma. The geraniol in the tamarinds are great for the pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention, according to the scientists.
What is tamarind?
Tamarind is an exotic fruit that grows on unusually tall trees of the fabaceae family (peas, beans and other legumes) mostly in dryer and warmer areas of Asia, India, North Africa, and Mexico.
The tree produce long brown pods filled with small brown seeds, which are surrounded by a sticky pulp. When the tamarinds are unripe, they have tangy sharp taste.
Here we will present you some health benefits of tamarinds:
- The tamarinds are traditionally used for easing stomach discomfort, aiding digestion, treating bile disorders and also they have been used like laxative.
- 100 grams of tamarind contains 35% of iron, 36% of thiamin, 16% of phosphorus, 23% of magnesium of the recommended daily dose.
- The non-starch polysaccharides that are contained in the tamarind’s pulp bind with the bile to help remove the waste through the colon,
- Tamarinds are used as an ingredient in natural remedies for sunstroke, rheumatism, fever, sore throat, and inflammation. The flowers and leaves of the tamarinds are either boiled or dried and made into poultices for conjunctivitis, sprains, swollen joints, boils, and hemorrhoids.
- The tamarind’s pulp, besides non-starch polysaccharides also contains mucilage, pectin, tannins, and hemicelluloses. Just 100 grams of tamarind’s pulp can provide the body with 13 percent of the daily dietary fiber needs. The pulp can help you to eliminate and reduce the bad cholesterol from the body.
- This fruit abounds in many vitamins like the vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, folic acid and niacin.
- Tamarinds are rich in many minerals like potassium, selenium, iron, calcium, copper and zinc. The potassium is essential for the heart rate and the blood pressure, because it is a constituent compound of both cell and bodily fluids that control the heart rate and blood pressure, while the iron is essential for the production of red blood cells.
- Some other phytochemicals found in the tamarinds include geraniol, limonene, cinnamic acid, safrole, pyrazine, methyl salicylate, alkylthiazoles, and pyrazine.
The tamarinds are beneficial for many health problems, which is why these fruits are generally used in the Ayurvedic medicine for cardiovascular problems and also for digestive and gastric problems. If we take into account all these benefits of tamarinds, we can realize how is important to include this fruit in the diet in order to improve the health.
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