32 Health Benefits of Tamarind

Tamarind is the Evergreen tree, which is, consider native to the Tropical Africa. The tree can attain the enormous height of more than 18 meters. Tamarind tree does not require intensive care and can be grown well in various tropical and the subtropical region around the globe.

The tamarind’s tree bears fruit once every year. The pod-like fruit is enclosed with the protective covering. Inside the pod, there are various seeds, which contain edible pulp outside.

 Table of Content


How to Consume

Nutrition

Health Benefits of Tamarinds

1. Weight Loss
2. Prolong Life
3. Boost Immunity
4. Energy Production
5. Pregnancy
6. Healthy Bone
7. Anemia
8. Heart
9. Digestion
10. Lower Cholesterol
11. Cancer Prevention
12. Hemorrhoids
13. Ease Fever
14. Respiratory Health
15. Anti-Inflammatory Property
16. Sore Throat
17. Diabetes
18. Heals Wounds
19. Skin
20. Liver
21. Antiseptic
22. Blood Purification
23. Nerve Function
24. Acid Reflux
25 Soothe Gout
26. Gut Flora
27. Nausea
28. Sound Sleep
29. Soothe Malarial Fever
30. Prevent Hair Fall
31. Detoxification
32. Jaundice

Precaution

How to Consume


The unripe tamarinds in sour in taste and often consumed in moderation. The ripe tamarinds are sour and sweet in taste which is widely consumed in various part of the world. The outer covering needs to be safely removed and the inner exposed pulp is carefully consumed by lifting the seeds.


Nutrition


The tamarinds are lush with the goodness of the essential nutrient required for the human body. The predominant part of the tamarinds comprises of the carbohydrate which comprises of more than seventy-two percent by volume. It has less than three percent of the protein and scant amount of the fat.

Vitamins present in the tamarinds are the vitamin C, E, K and various B-complex vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9 in varying amount.

Minerals present in the tamarinds are Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Zinc in varying concentration (1).

Health Benefits of Tamarinds


1. Weight Loss


Tamarinds contain various nutrient required for the normal functioning of the human body.

The Experiment done on the obese mouse has shown the rapid loss of the weight upon the consumption of tamarinds (2).


2. Prolong Life


The high antioxidant present in the tamarind is beneficial to prolong the life of the individuals. This is due to the beneficial effect of antioxidant to prevent the adverse damage of the free radical in the cell (3).

3. Boost Immunity


The presence of the several beneficial nutrients, which is the need for the boosting of the immunity like vitamin C in the tamarind, is effective in immunity boosting. Immunity boosting has the capacity to prevent the spread of various infections in the human body (4).

4. Energy Production


The ripe tamarinds are comprised of more than sixty-two percent carbohydrate which is great to boost the energy level in the human body.

Due to the high amount of the innate carbohydrate consumption of the tamarinds is beneficial in boosting the energy (5).
  

5. Pregnancy


Moderate consumption of the ripe tamarind is beneficial during the pregnancy. As tamarind has several beneficial properties like preventing constipation, nausea, colds during the pregnancy. Due to this, it is advised to consume ripe tamarind during pregnancy (6).

Tamarind candy is found to contain the trace amount of the toxic metal lead, which is not advised to consume during pregnancy.

6. Healthy Bone


The goodness of the minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus innate in the tamarind is beneficial to obtain the healthy bone (7).


7. Anemia


The presence of the high amount of the iron in the tamarind, which is beneficial for the formation of the hemoglobin in the blood. The hemoglobin function as the transfer of the oxygen to the various part of the human body (8).

8. Heart


Tamarind contains the adequate amount of the potassium, which is vital for the maintenance of the adequate pressure in the heart. Further, the cholesterol-lowering property of the tamarind is beneficial in the prevention of heart diseases (9).
  

9. Digestion


The high amount of the dietary fiber in the tamarind is beneficial for the adequate digestion of the food (10).

Ayurveda emphasis on the consumption of the tamarinds to prevent the gastric problems.

Further, the content of the malic, tartaric acid and potassium tartrate acts as the laxative which aids in the smooth movement of bowel.

10. Lower Cholesterol


Tamarind is virtually absent of the cholesterol. Further, the consumption of the tamarind is beneficial in the lowering of the cholesterol in the human body (11).

11. Cancer Prevention


The high level of the antioxidant present in the tamarind is beneficial in the prevention of the cancer occurrence in different individuals (12).

12. Hemorrhoids


The tamarinds are often used in the treatment of the hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can create series of noisome effect during defecation depending upon the severity (13).

13. Ease Fever


Due to the goodness of the several vitamins like vitamin C the potent immune booster in tamarinds, which is beneficial in the prevention of the several ailments like the common cold.

Consumption of the tamarinds is beneficial in the prevention of the fever (14).

Traditionally, tamarind is often given to soothe the fever.

14. Respiratory Health


The anti-inflammatory property followed by the high level of the antioxidant innate in the tamarinds is beneficial to obtain the adequate respiratory health (15).

15. Anti-Inflammatory Property


The polyphenols in the tamarinds show the anti-inflammatory property. The anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial in the prevention of the inflammation occurring in the various part of the human body (16).

16. Sore Throat


The tamarind is effective in the prevention of a sore throat. Gargling with the tamarind water in a sore throat is effective in soothing the infection (17).

Ayurveda emphasis on the use of the tamarind to soothe a sore throat.

17. Diabetes


Consumption of the tamarind is claimed to regulate the glucose level in the blood. Thus preventing the occurrence of diabetes (18).

18. Heals Wounds


Tamarind contains the vitamin K, which is essential to heal the wounds. Effective wound healing mechanism is vital to prevent the internal and external hemorrhoids (19).

19. Skin


Tamarind is traditionally used to whitening of the skin and the prevention of the damaging effect of the ultraviolet radiation from the sun (20).

Further, the high antioxidant prevents the skin from wrinkles and various aging-related noisome effects in the human body.

20. Liver


Due to the ability of the liver to detoxify the body. Consumption of the tamarinds produces several beneficial effects in the liver (21).

Further, The intake of the tamarind is claimed to suppress the fat production of the liver.

21. Antiseptic


Tamarinds have the potent antiseptic property, which is beneficial in the preventing the growth of the pathogens that cause the disease (22).

The antiseptic character is high in the tamarind flower and leaves compared to fruits.

22. Blood Purification


The goodness of the innate high fiber and antioxidant content combined with the beneficial effect of the high minerals and vitamin-like C blood purification occurs upon consumption of the tamarinds.

For best results, it is advised to consume tamarinds in the empty stomach (23).

23. Nerve Function


The presence of the various B-complex vitamins, which is beneficial for the optimum functioning of the nerve. Consumption of the tamarinds is beneficial in obtaining the optimum functioning of the nerves (24).

24. Acid Reflux


Consuming the moderate amount of the tamarind is effective in the prevention of the acid reflux (25).

Although there is various contrasting research indicating the potential risk of the consumption of the tamarinds and acid reflux.

25 Soothe Gout


Gout is due to the inadequate uric acid metabolism. Consumption of the ripe tamarinds is claimed to be beneficial during the occurrence of gout (26).

There is the general perception that the intake of the tamarinds is associated with the increase in the uric acid level in the blood, which is not always true.

26. Gut Flora


The moderate consumption of the tamarind is beneficial in the proliferation of the gut flora in the human body (27).

The presence of the adequate floral population is essential to mention the sound health.

27. Nausea


Intake of the tamarinds is associated with the soothing of nausea. This soothing property of the tamarinds is beneficial to prevent the occurrence of nausea during the early stage of the pregnancy (28).

28. Sound Sleep


The high amount of the carbohydrate content in the tamarind followed by the presence of the several beneficial nutrients. Consumption of the tamarind is beneficial in inducing the sound sleep (29).

29. Soothe Malarial Fever


Malaria is the disease caused by the protozoan parasite. The consumption of the tamarind tea is claimed to soothe the malarial fever in different individuals (30).

30. Prevent Hair Fall


Consumption of the tamarind is beneficial in the prevention of the hair fall and promotes the growth of the hair (31).
  

31. Detoxification


The consumption of the tamarind is believed to be effective in expelling out the fluoride from the human body. Fluoride inside the human body can create series of noisome effect by disturbing the hormonal balance in the body (32).

32. Jaundice


Traditionally, tamarinds are used in the cure of jaundice (33).

Precaution



Anyone taking blood-thinning medication needs to consume tamarinds in moderation. Further, person taking the serotonin uptake inhibitor needs to consult physicians before consuming tamarind. There are cases of the massive increase in the serotonin, which can be toxic to depressed individuals.

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