Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is a fruit of the leguminous tree and this tree belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is a native African tree but is also grown in India and other tropical regions. Tamarind is a fruit with a brown outer shell with a bunch of some good benefits.
It is commonly used in many food dishes around the world and has medicinal properties too. Tamarind is also very health-friendly because it contains various vitamins and minerals. You can call it “imli” in Hindi too. Now let’s take a look at what the benefits of tamarind are…
Benefits of Tamarind
Tamarind can reduce aging effects from your skin because it is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for healthy skin, hairs and heart. Therefore consuming this might be one of the best way to nourish your body with antioxidants.
Reduce bad cholesterol
In some studies, regular consumption of tamarind can reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol and it increases good (HDL) cholesterol. Specifically, cholesterol (HDL) is beneficial for healthy heat and it prevents heart attack.
Tamarind improves digestion
If you have a poor digestion then consuming tamarind can be a good option for you. This is because tamarind work as laxative, it has large amount of potassium, malic acid and tartic acid too which are very helpful for digestion.
Rich in vitamins and minerals
Tamarind can nourish your body with essential vitamins and minerals because it is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K in addition to B complex (Vitamin B1 thiamin, Vitamin B2 riboflavin & Vitamin B3 niacin) along with minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. So all these vitamins and minerals are very essential for healthy skin and hairs.
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
Tamarind has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Therefore it is very useful in cleaning of skin and preventing infections.
Uses of Tamarind
Tamarind pulp is widely used for food and cooking purpose in India and other parts of the world, people commonly use it to prepare traditional Indian sauces (chutneys), drinks and desserts.
You can make tasty Indian sauces (chutneys) at home, you just have to buy tamarind and jaggrey, with these two ingredients you can make tasty tamarind sauce at home. Moreover you can also make tamarind and jaggrey sweet candies at home which are very popular amongst kids in India, you can provide your children a very health friendly sweet candies at very affordable price.
Provide healthy skin
Tamarind is powerhouse of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which can provide you glowing and healthy skin. Boil 30-40 grams of tamarind in 100 ml water and add one spoon of turmeric in tamarind pulp. You can use this pulp as face mask this combination can provide you youthful and glowing skin in a short period of time.
You can also use it as a bleaching cream as it is better than the chemical based bleaching cream. Use it as bleaching agent to clean your facial skin with very simple home remedy. Take one spoonful of lemon mix it with honey and add 2 spoons of tamarind pulp. Finally apply the mixture on you face let it remain on your face for 15-20 minutes. After that wash your face with cold water, you will get same results as bleaching cream with this simple home remedy.
Tamarind juice is one of the most beneficial juices for charming healthy skin and the best thing is you can make it at home with spending very little money. Prepare tamarind pulp and then drain extra tamarind left over extracts with drainer. Lastly add sugar and black salt along with some cubes of ice that’s all you have to do to make healthy tamarind juice. Tamarind juice is very beneficial for skin and digestive system.
Boosts immune system
Tamarind is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex, iron and antioxidants, these nutrients provide strength to immune system. Strong immune system is important to live a healthy life and strong immune system defends our body from harmful bacteria as well as viral diseases. It is one of the major benefits of tamarind.
Tamarind supports digestive system
Tamarind is commonly used in ayurvedic medicines to cure digestive system. It work as laxative agent, tamarind is rich in potassium, malic acid and tartic acid which are very helpful for digestive system. You can consume tamarind as fruit or you can make tasty tamarind juice in both ways tamarind can cure digestive system.
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