Top Medicinal Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts of Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

Amazing health benefits of tamarind

Tamarind’s ripened fruits are sweet and sour in taste used for various medicinal and culinary preparations and found in every South Asian Kitchen. Tamarind is good for constipation and acts as a blood purifier thereby improves blood quality. However, the consumption of raw fruits can lead to acidity and hyperacidity.

Tamarind prevents constipation

The sticky pulp of Tamarind is a rich source of dietary fibre which facilitate bowel movements, thus helps to get rid of constipation. These fibres also protect the inner lining of the colon from toxins thereby reduces the impact of cancer-causing chemicals.  Eating 10-20 grams helps in bowel movements and tamarinds act as natural laxatives.

Tamarind controls heart rate

Tamarind contains minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, copper, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. Potassium is good for strengthening the heart while iron helps in the formation of blood. Its pulp lowers cholesterol and promotes a healthy heart.

Tamarind used as a painkiller

When the mix of pulp, leaves, flowers are applied over swollen and painful joints, it provides instant relief. Tamarind leaves crush in water is used to treat the inflamed part.

Used as medicine

It is effective in treating fevers, sunstroke, and good for paralysis too.  It is useful for throat gargle and also known for anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Tamarind is a good appetizer

The recipe of tamarind, jaggery, salt, and chilies is a good appetizer and also effective for digestion. Its pulp is softened in water and consumed to enhance appetite. Being acidic in nature, it stimulates bile and other juices in the body.  Dilute tamarind decoction kills stomach worms in children.

Tamarind check stomachache, diarrhea, and vomiting

The mixture of ripe tamarind + onion juice + ginger juice when taken in the dose of 30 ml eases the symptoms of stomachache, gaseous problems, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Tamarind as a thirst quencher

The syrup of tamarind and sugar is an effective thirst quencher. It also helps to ease the burning sensation.

Tamarind nutrition

It contains tartaric acid which is rich in vitamin C, cures scurvy, and protects from cold.  Its seeds are used as eye drops to cure eye problems. A decoction of tamarind is used in cases of jaundice and ulcers. It is also full of antioxidants and helps to fight free radicals and cancer

1 thought on “Top Medicinal Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts of Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)”

  1. dang, living in Chennai I had no clue that tamarind has so many medicinal properties. This is great! Can you cite your sources–that will also help…


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