5 Health Benefits of Tamarind You Didn’t Know Abouthungrezi_admin
A pretty common ingredient in almost every South Indian kitchen, Tamarind or imli or puli is a fantastic flavoring agent that never fails to impress with its unique sweet and sour taste. Tamarind has been used in Indian cuisine for centuries and is popular not just for the great flavour, but also for its amazing health benefits. Want to know what they are? Read on!
Good for the Heart
Did you know that tamarind may help in reducing blood pressure and bad cholesterol? Studies have shown that it controls LDL cholesterol. The potassium in this sour fruit may be responsible for a reduction in blood pressure, hence helping reduce the stress on the cardiovascular system. It might also have antioxidative effects, according to researchers.
The tamarind fruit has long been considered a natural laxative, given its dietary fiber content. This fiber content ensures that food runs through your digestive tract smoothly, making it a powerful laxative if you are suffering from chronic constipation. Studies have also found that tamarind is a great digestive, thanks to its soluble protein and amino-acid content.
Packed With Nutrients
Tamarind provides energy (calories) along with essential minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, and zinc. It also contains vitamin C, B-vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, folate); and vitamin A and K. 100 grams of tamarind a day will give you will get 36% of thiamin, 35% of iron, 23% of magnesium and 16% of phosphorus out of your daily recommended levels. It is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Tamarind can inhibit the enzymes that stop carbohydrates from being absorbed in the body. Research has shown that a deficiency in magnesium can be the cause of various diseases including type-2 diabetes. Thus, the high content of magnesium in tamarind may further help to prevent or alleviate diabetes.
This sweet and sour fruit we all love is effective in reducing inflammation as it has high levels of tartaric acid, a strong antioxidant, that makes short work of free radicals. It also has a natural antioxidant that has been proven to suppress pancreatic tumor growth. It also has high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids.
Indian tradition is steeped in the fact that food is the first medicine we’ll ever need. Tamarind, with its whole bagful of health benefits, can be used in dishes, chutneys, for example, to reap its goodness. Not only is it mouthwateringly flavourful, but it also is easy to include in our everyday meal.