Learn the health benefits we can get from eating tamarind. Check out the article we found over at Healthy Food House.
Tamarind (Tamarindus Indica) is an amazing exotic fruit and its name comes from the Persian “tamar-i-hing,” which means “date of India.” This fruit has shown to provide a wide range of health benefits.
Studies have revealed that tamarind extract are great for dysentery, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, gonorrhea, parasitic infections, constipation, inflammation, and eye diseases.
Moreover, tamarind extract has antioxidant, antimicrobial, wound-healing and anti-venom properties. It is also effective against malaria, diabetes and asthma. Tamarinds contain geraniol which hass been the subject of studies based on pancreatic cancer prevention and treatment.
Further in this article you can read more about tamarinds and their health benefits.
We have covered some of the benefits provided by tamarinds:
100 grams of tamarind provide the following percentage of the recommended daily intake of these nutrients:
- 36% thiamine
- 35% iron
- 23% magnesium
- 16% phosphous
Tamarinds have been long used for improving digestion, relieving stomach discomfort, treating bile disorder, and they are also used as a laxative.
Tamarind pulp contains non-starch polysaccharides that bind with bile and flush waste through colon.
Tamarinds also contain large amounts of tartaric acid which is responsible for their tangy taste, and what is more important, it is a powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals.
This exotic fruit has been traditionally used in the preparation of natural remedies for rheumatism, sunstroke, fecer, inflammation and sore throat. Dried or boiled tamarind leaves and flowers are made into poultices for sprains, conjunctivitis, boils, swollen joints and hemorrhoigs.
In addition to non-starch polycaccharides, tamarind pulp is rich in pectin, mucilage, hemicelluloses, and tannins. 100 grams of tamarind pulp provides about 13 of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Tamarind pulp reduces and eliminates bad cholesterol.