Ripe Tamarind Fruit

Health Benefits of Tamarind

  • Scientific name: Tamarindus indica
  • Family: Mimosaceae
  • Origin: Tropical Africa
  • Varieties: Sweet and sour, but mostly sour
  • Tree: height 20-30 m
  • Fruit: diameter: 2-3 cm; length: 5-10
  • Season: in the dry season

Tamarind is a long bean-like pod that belongs to the vegetable order, but is treated like a fruit. Its name is derived from the Arabic “tamar”, meaning a “dry date fruit”. It was the Arabs in India who gave the name of “tamar-hindi” to this tree.

Tamarind is green when immature and when it matures, it becomes fatter and changes color to a sandy brown. The flesh of the fruit consists of dry, sticky, dark brown pulp and inside the pulp are shiny black seeds. It is this pulp that people eat to get all the nutritional and health benefits of the tamarind. The pulp of the tamarind has a very sour taste while it is young, but as it ripens the pulp gets sweeter. Though the pulp will sweeten with age, the tamarind generally has a sour, acidic taste. The sour taste of tamarind is the favorite flavoring for a host of fish and curry dishes.

Tamarind Culinary uses: The pulp is used for jams, syrups and sweets. In the West, tamarind contributes to the preparation of Worcestershire and barbecue sauces and other meat condiments.

Other uses: Tamarind juice is a great cleanser of brass, copper and other metals.

Health Benefits of Tamarind Fruit:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Promotes a healthy heart
  • Use as a gargle for sore throats, and as a drink to bring relief from sunstroke.
  • Used as a remedy for bilious disorders, jaundice and catarrh.
  • Good source of antioxidants that fight against cancer.
  • Reduces fevers and provides protection against colds. Make an infusion by taking one ounce of pulp, pour one quart of boiling water over this and allow to steep for one hour. Strain and drink tepid with little honey to sweeten. This will bring down temperature by several degrees.
  • Helps the body digest food and can help promote bowel movement.
  • Applied to the skin to heal inflammation
  • Pulp with hot water added can help to expel intestinal worm, and gas.

Nutrient Content of Tamarind: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A: 30 I.U.
  • Vitamin B: Thiamine .34 mg.;
  • Riboflavin: .14 mg.;
  • Niacin: 1.2 mg.;
  • Vitamin C: 2 mg.
  • Calcium: 74 mg.
  • Iron: 2.8 mg.
  • Phosphorus: 113 mg.
  • Fat: .6 gm.
  • Carbohydrates: 62.5 gm.
  • Protein: 2.8 gm.
  • Calories: 239
tamarind tree
tamarind tree

Medicinal Benefits of Tamarind Leaves:

  • Young leaves are high in vitamin A.
  • Decoction used as bath in fever, after childbirth and during recovery from illness.
  • Decoction use as wash for skin ulcer.
  • Juice of young leaves is used to expel intestinal worms.
  • Decoction taken in fever and cough.

Medicinal Benefits of Tamarind Seed:

  • The red outer covering of the seed is an effective remedy against diarrhea and dysentery.

Medicinal Benefits of Tamarind Flower:

  • Juice extracted from the flowers is given internally for bleeding piles.

Medicinal Benefits of Tamarind Tree Bark:

  • Poultice applied to relieve sores, ulcers, and boils.
  • Ash mixed with water and used as gargle for sore throat.

“This post was originally posted on January 9, 2012 @ 0:00”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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