The tangy tamarind belongs to the leguminous tree and this pod-like fruit is readily available in our kitchen cabinet. Although tamarind is widely found in the tropical regions of Africa, the largest producers and consumers are Mexico and South America. As tamarind is sour and sweet in taste, generally people either tend to have a natural disposition against it or they like it. However not only does it add a delicious flavor to your dish, but tamarind is loaded with plenty of health benefits.
Top five benefits of Tamarind:
1. Good for the heart- Tamarind lowers blood cholesterol. Due to the presence of potassium content, it lowers the blood pressure and the Vitamin C neutralizes the harmful free radicals.
2. Improves functioning of kidneys- The potassium content in tamarind washes out the toxins that accumulation in your kidney.
3. Weight loss- Tamarind consists of hydroxycitric acid, which aids in weight loss. Eating tamarind is known to suppress hunger as it increases the neurotransmitter serotonin.
4. Fights against infections- This tangy fruit is a rich source of vitamin C. The water-soluble antioxidant helps your body develop resistance against infections.
5. Prevents cancer- The antioxidants present in this pod-shaped fruit stops the growth of cancer cells and also prevents the formation of free radicals. The fibre content in tamarind protects the mucus membrane of the colon from the chemicals that cause cancer.
A few more health benefits: Treats constipation, good for the skin, treats piles, treats mouth ulcers, soothes inflammation, works as an antiseptic, and prevents hair loss.
- Alekhya Reddy
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