Tamarind is a delicious, sweet, and sour fruit. The sweetness in it makes people like it. However, the tangy taste discourages people at the first time of tasting. Therefore people either tend to immediately like it or have a natural disposition against it.
It is a sticky, fleshy, juicy pulp. This is what is normally eaten and contains all the beneficial values and nutrients. Due to their sweet, flavor, tamarinds are common in candies, jams, desserts, as well as steak sauces.
Mostly fond to grow in the hot regions of Africa, it grows atop extremely tall trees. This tree is evergreen with small leaves and then the fruits that grows in large numbers. However, cultivation of tamarind has now spread to most regions. This is because of its wide range of benefits to a number of people.
The fruit has nutritional values such as; vitamins, especially vitamins B & C, antioxidants, carotene and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. All these therefore play a greater role when it comes to the different benefits of the fruit.
“Tamarind is an ace nutrition-wise. Every 100 grams of this tart fruit contains 28 milligrams sodium and 628 milligrams of potassium in addition to 36% of the thiamine, 23% of the magnesium, 35% of the iron, and 16% of the phosphorus of the recommended daily requirement of a healthy woman. Additionally, this amazing fruit also contains niacin, vitamin C, calcium, copper, and pyridoxine.” http://www.stylecraze.com
The tamarind fruit has a number of benefits, including its tree bark, roots and leave. These range from health (medical) to other benefits like skin as well as hair.
The fruit in all forms can provide remedies to suit the above. For instance, the health benefits are from simple aches to severe complications like organs as well as cancer.
The fruit provides a number of benefits to whoever takes it. This may be intentionally as well as not. Some people consume the fruit with no intentions of gaining heath wise but end up benefiting. For instance, the sweet taste attracts many to the fruit especially the children who enjoy it.
Some of the health benefits include;
It is good for the heart health. This is known for reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. the potassium and vitamin C found in the fruit help in protecting the heart from any health complications like stress, cardiac arrests, blood pressure and many others.
If consumed, there is improvement of blood circulation. This is due to the iron source in the fruit. This ensure proper red blood supply in the body and also helps in the prevention of anemia.
Other health benefits include, improves nerve functions, boosts immunity, manages diabetes. This is all because of the numerous nutrients in the tamarind fruit. These re all needed in a body thus helping with one’s health.
Everyone wants or desires a good skin. This is one that is healthy, smooth and moistened. The fruit has a number values when it comes to one’s skin. That is to say, skin lightening, Natural Skin Exfoliating Agent, skin moisturizing and toning, anti-aging as well as curing acne.
All these need clear instructions as well as guidelines on how to use the tamarind fruit. For instance, below are some of the ways to use the fruit.
30 grams of tamarind pulp
150 grams hot water
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Soak the tamarind pulp in hot water for 10 minutes.
Extract the pulp.
Add half teaspoon of turmeric powder to this extract.
Apply the paste evenly on cleansed skin and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Wash off with tepid water to reveal fairer and more radiant skin.
This pack is ideal for oily skin and can be used up to 2 times a week.
Natural Skin Exfoliating Agent
1 teaspoon tamarind pulp
A teaspoon rock salt
1 tablespoon milk cream/yogurt
Mix one teaspoon of tamarind extract with one teaspoon of rock salt and one tablespoon of milk cream or yogurt.
Apply the mixture evenly on your face. Using your fingers, massage in gentle, circular motions for 5-7 minutes to eliminate the dead cells.
Repeat this process twice a week for dirt-free happy skin.
It is important to note that whatever one needs to use the fruit in line of skin, I is important to follow proper instructions. This is in terms of the amount used in the mixture.
Benefits for the hair
Just like the skin, hair is one of the things that need extreme care on one’s body. And again tamarind can do the tricky for someone. Due to the many nutrients in the fruit, it becomes good for hair growth and care.
It prevents hair loss and also helps in the treatment of the scalp for better hair growth. Using tamarind pulp, buttermilk, and olive oil to form a smooth paste. This can be applied to the hair as a conditioner and later washed out for better results.
Tamarind also has benefits like weight loss. It has been associated with weight loss on many occasions. It is said to slow down the production of fats when consumed. Also during exercise, it helps burn down the fats in the body.
Tamarind aids in smooth working of the digestive system and also helps in treating and preventing bile disorders. This therefore helps in maintaining a good body and diet.
It is also believed that the seeds of the fruit can be used to reduce the chances of infertility in men. Infertility among men has over the years increased. Therefore, this seed is said to be of beneficial help.
According to an article by B4tea,
“Take seeds of tamarind in one bowl, take them out till seeds cover gets removed from the seeds. Now squash all the seeds and fry them in pure ghee. Mix same amount of sugar in the cooked mixture. Daily consume prepared mixture around one spoon daily to cure infertility in men from its roots in short period of time.”
Some of the side effects and precautions of tamarind
In case of pregnancy and breast-feeding, use of tamarind should be limited or avoided. This is because of the delicate state of the mother or unborn child. Therefore until more information is given, limited or no consumption is advised.
Much as it reduces blood sugar levels, this might interfere with one’s blood sugar control. Therefore, if one has diabetes, he or she should monitor the levels closely.
If taken with particular drugs, it may lead to excessive bleeding. This is because the rates of absorption in your body of the drugs will go up considerably. Such drugs include; Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, heparin, warfarin and so on.
Other side effects may include; damage to the tooth as well as allergic reactions.
It is therefore important to note that much as tamarind may be useful in one way or another, its consumption should be carefully and closely monitored for any reactions.