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Health Benefits of Tamarind

Have you tried adding tamarind to your dishes or eating tamarind candy? Although tamarind has a very sour taste, but, tamarind has so many health benefits. Tamarind is a very healthy fruit that can be consumed in dozens of ways including being made into candies. It provides your body with tryptophan  which is needed in the production of serotonin, a happy hormone. It is also with rich in  thiamine, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium.

Health Benefits of Tamarind

As most ancient foods do, tamarind has a long history of medicinal uses. Many involve easing stomach discomfort, aiding digestion, and use as a laxative. Dried or boiled tamarind leaves and flowers are made into poultices for swollen joints, sprains, boils, hemorrhoids, and conjunctivitis.

1. Tamarind pulp helps alleviate inflammations, sore throats, fevers and conjunctivitis.2. A poultice made from the leaves and flowers relieves swollen joints, sprains and boils.3. Tamarind also contains high levels of tartaric acid that serves as a powerful antioxidant to zap harmful free radicals from your system4. Tamarind seed eye drops and used as an herbal treatment for dry eye syndrome due to a polysaccharide found in the seed.5. The tamarind juice when blended with lemon, milk, honey and dates is believed to be a offer digestive aid and as a remedy for biliousness and bile conditions.

DIY – Tamarind Ale

To make tamarind ale, use three shelled fruits for each cup of water. Boil the water, adding a tablespoon of sugar per cup to make sweet syrup. Drop the fruits into the hot syrup, cover and set aside for several days. Add spices such as cloves, cinnamon, or ginger as desired. Strain out the seeds and dilute to taste with ice water. 
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