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Tamarind virtues

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  • On 2021-02-22 at 16:46




Tamarind is a tenacious brown acidic from the pod of a tree of the pea family largely used as a flavoring in Asian cooking.

The tropical African tree which yields tamarind pods is cultivated throughout the tropics and also grown as an ornamental and shade tree.

What is tamarind?

The tamarind (Tamarindus indica) tree is native to tropical Africa. It was introduced eons ago to India. Indians adopted it so well that it became (almost) indigenous to their country. The name comes from a Persian word called Tamar-I-hind (which means ‘Indian date’)

Tamarind Nutrition Facts

Here is some nutrition information for 1 cup (120) of raw tamarind pulp is provided by the USDA:






-Sugars:46.6 g

-Proteins:3,4 g


-Vitamin C:4.2 mg

Health Benefits of Tamarind

Tamarind is a natural traditional remedy that treats many diseases such as constipation, sore throats, sunstroke. But there is no medical proof of those treatments on humans. Moreover, some evidence exists for other health benefits.

Treat Inflammation

Thank the polyphenols and antioxidants contain in tamarind it helps to control inflammation in the body. It can also protect against heart disease and some kinds of cancer. You can also click on the link below to know more about some natural remedies against heart diseases and cancer:

Reduce pain

According to research an extract from tamarind seed could help to ease arthritis pain.

Control hypertension and promote heart health

It is said that dried pulp of tamarind fruits was found to have an anti-hypertensive effect. It helps to reduce diastolic blood pressure. Find out natural remedy against hypertension by clicking on the link below:

Manage diabetes and hyperglycemia

Tamarind brought down the blood sugar levels in diabetics rats. This fruit can also neutralize hyperglycemia rate.

Different Categories Of Tamarind

There are two major forms of tamarind. The most famous form is the one that tastes sour. The other form is sweet tamarind that is usually grown in Thailand.

Tamarind can be consumed fresh, both in its ripe or unripe forms. It also can be processed into different products. Tamarind juice has similar benefits, as discussed in this post.

Tamarind side effect

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers tamarind fruit to be safe and non-toxic. Rat studies have shown no mortality/toxicity even after the administration of 5000 mg/kg and 3000 mg/kg doses of its extract

However, your kidneys may be damaged by mineral overload. It would be advisable to visit a healthcare provider to decide on the upper limit of tamarind intake for you.

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