Tamarind is a sweet and sour fruit that has been in use both for medicinal and culinary purposes, for a very long time in history. It belongs to the Fabaceae family and its scientific name is Tamarindus indica. Earlier limited to tropical regions of Africa, especially Sudan, but its cultivation has now expanded commercially and spread to other parts of the world. It is a useful source of nutrition and adds a unique flavor to dishes. The health benefits of tamarind are list below:
Tamarind is a natural laxative and a source of dietary fiber. Consumption of tamarind in any form can improve your digestion. The fiber can add bulk to your stool, making it pass through the intestinal tract easily and smoothly. Tamarind also stimulates the activity of bile, which can help dissolve food faster, and the fiber stimulates gastric juices both of which lead to quicker digestion. This would be of great help if you suffer from chronic constipation.
Studies on tamarind show that it can be effective in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The fiber content in tamarind is one of the factors contributing to the reduction in bad cholesterol. The potassium in tamarind may contribute to a reduction in blood pressure because of its action as a vasodilator.
Tamarind’s single serving can provide almost 10% of your daily requirement of IRON. This improves the count of red blood cells in the body, which ensures appropriate oxygenation of muscles and keeps organs working properly. Also, it can prevent iron deficiency, also called anemia, characterized by weakness, fatigue, headaches, cognitive disorders, and stomach issues. Make sure to include lots of in your diet.
Improves Nerve Function
Tamarind is a good source of B-complex vitamins as well. Thiamine, which is an important part of this group of vitamins and is find in tamarind, is responsible for enhancing the nerve function and muscle development.