Who knew that the tangy fruit we grew up eating has so many heath benefits. Said to be native to Africa, this tangy fruit grows on very tall bushy trees belonging to the Fabaceae or Leguminosae (legume) family. It can be found in dry warm areas throughout the world. A tamarind tree produces a lot of brown pods which contains an earth brown sticky pulp that surrounds the seeds.
I don’t know about anywhere else but in Jamaica tamarinds are shelled, rolled into balls and covered in sugar to be sold or exported. If you have a tree in your yard or neighborhood it’s not strange to find people eating tamarind straight from the pods or dipping them in a bowl of sugar. I’m doing that as I type this right now. Tamarind can also be used as a spice or be made into a juice.
My mom and I were very surprised to find out that tamarind has a ton load of health benefits beside being a great laxative and good for the liver. Tamarind contains nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Carotenes, antioxidants and minerals (Magnesium and Potassium).
Here are just a few of the many health benefits of Tamarind.
- Mild Laxative
- Boost Metabolism
- Aids in stomach health – treats inflammatory bowel diseases
- Improves the Immune System
- Aids in heart health – help to reduce high blood pressure
- Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals
- Treats sunstroke
- Relieves sore throat
- Treats rheumatism
- Helps to reduce fever
This little tangy fruit is very powerful it’s even used in medication, not just in the past but in the present day. Who knew right!