Tamarind, nutritional properties and medicinal uses

The tamarind , Tamarindus indica L. , is an evergreen tree belonging to the Legume family , such as carob , beans , chickpeas or lentils . As a good legume , it has an important nutrient supply.

The tamarind fruit is brown when dried and has a skin that covers a pod that contains the pulp. The pulp of the tamarind can be more or less acid depending on the degree of maturity that it has.

Tamarind is included in sweet cooking recipes , it is used to make dressings and in some areas it is very common to prepare tamarind drink . But the medicinal properties of tamarind are also used for cosmetics and natural beauty .

The tamarind tree grows in tropical areas and is native to Africa, although it is currently cultivated and has spread to Asia and America. This tree can reach a height of 20 meters, it is very leafy, with flowers that grow in clusters and produces fruits that receive the same name ( the name tamarind comes from the Arabic and means date from India ). Tamarind uses both its pulp and its leaves.

Let’s know what tamarind is good for . .


Nutritional properties of tamarind

Tamarind is a nutritious fruit that provides us with carbohydrates , has a low lipid content, contains vegetable protein composed of amino acids such as tryptophan, methionite or lysine, and also provides us with a large amount of soluble fiber (mainly pectin).

As for micronutrients, tamarind contains vitamins A , B3 and vitamin C , minerals such as magnesium , calcium , potassium, phosphorus , iron and sulfur, polyphenols and has organic acids such as malic, tartaric and ascorbic.

Tamarind has laxative, purifying, energetic, hepatoprotective, antipyretic, tonic, antioxidant, vermifuge or anthelmintic action (it is prepared by making an infusion with the leaves), diuretic.

Uses and benefits of tamarind consumption

tamarind uses

Helps relieve headache

It improves the cases of fatty liver and high cholesterol .

Helps prevent and improve hemorrhoids

Helps prevent and improve urinary tract infections

It is used to combat hangovers .

Tamarind protects the liver

This legume has a purifying action

Fight gingivitis (leaves)

It is used against constipation .

It is recommended for people who want to lose weight and are dieting to lose weight

Has a laxative effect (but mild)

Helps us prevent colds and flu

The leaves are used to eliminate gastrointestinal parasites .

May help prevent arteriosclerosis

Improves digestive problems

Relieves cough

It favors the functioning of the gallbladder .

It is very beneficial for people with slow digestions

It is used to lower fever

Tamarind has a diuretic effect

Helps prevent kidney stones .

Locally applied leaves improve skin conditions

Within natural cosmetics, tamarind is used to lighten the skin for its whitening effect on the skin.

It is beneficial to clean the skin in depth (making a peel to which we add coffee, sugar or bicarbonate)

In Ayurvedic medicine it is used externally to rejuvenate the skin .

How do you take tamarind?

In addition to including it in recipes for drinks and sweets as indicated at the beginning of the article, you can also prepare tamarind as an infusion.

To make the tamarind infusion, you only have to put 1 glass of water (about 200 ml) to heat in a saucepan and when the water starts to boil add a tablespoon of tamarind pulp.

We move well so that it dissolves correctly and after 5 minutes we turn off the fire.

Cover and let it rest for a few minutes.

Once it has cooled down to room temperature, we drink.

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