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Tamarind and its heath benefits

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Tamarind is a tropical fruit that grows in several regions of the world, including India. It has pods that have a sweet-sour paste inside them. Tamarind is a fruit from the legumes’ family, and its tree grows in tropical and sub-tropical areas. One hundred grams of tamarind approximately contains 23% Magnesium, 13% Potassium and 16% Phosphorus. When it comes to Indian cuisine, tamarind is used in various forms, such as in curries, snacks, and dips. But apart from its zesty taste, did you know that this tropical fruit has multiple health benefits! Here are some of them.

  • Brain Health: Tamarind contains Vitamins such as thiamine and folate, which are proven to improve brain function and the nervous system. 
  • Build tissue health: tamarind has essential amino acids that can build your tissue health. It meets all the requirements of the amino acids that are found in protein.
  •  Contains Anti-fungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial effects: tamarind has natural compounds that have microbial products. Several studies show that it is effective in killing bacteria and viruses.
  • Effective in managing diabetes: With its seeds containing anti-inflammatory effects, tamarind is proven to stabilize sugar levels in the blood and control diabetes.
  • Helps with digestion: It contains tartaric acid, malic acid, and potassium which can relax stomach muscles and hence tamarind is an excellent cure for stomach related problems. 
  • Heart friendly fruit: Flavonoids present in tamarind lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol levels in the blood. Potassium in tamarind keeps blood pressure in check.
  • Takes care of your liver: A diet rich in calories can often lead to a fatty liver. However, studies have shown that intake of tamarind can prevent that.
  • Boosts immunity: Tamarind is rich in vitamin c and can increase your overall immunity. Hence it’s great to keep your seasonal allergies in check.
  • Anti-ageing benefits: tamarind is rich in antioxidants and hence works great for your skin. It can either be consumed or used in DIY face packs for that glowing skin.
  • Helps in weight loss: Tamarind has shown to regulate lipid metabolism, easing detoxification and correct use of toxic and healthy fat, respectively.
  • Helps with morning sickness: Tamarind helps pregnant women with nausea, morning sickness and overeating. The laxative effect of tamarind is also another excuse to administrate it constantly, as constipation is a common problem present in most would-be mothers. 
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