Benefits of Tamarind

Benefits of Tamarind

 

Tart, yet sweet, siyambala otherwise known as tamarind is unarguably a  mouth watering fruit. No big surprise it has a very special place in Sri lankan kitchens. Tamarind is added into chutney, jam, pickles and that's only the tip of the iceberg. The uses of this profound fruit, goes beyond the kitchen. Tamarind can be used to nourish your skin and hair. It is rich in vitamins like Vitamin C and cancer prevention agents like carotene, minerals, magnesium and potassium.


Tamarind has long been viewed as a purgative, and its fiber content most likely has something to do with it. Eating tamarind as a fruit or adding it into your dishes as a spice can improve the function of your digestive system. Tamarind is a substance that can help to break down food quicker, and the fiber in tamarind and the gastric juices help to accelerate digestion.

Studies have found that tamarind can lower cholesterol levels. Once again the fiber content in tamarind unquestionably has something to do with that too.


One of the noteworthy vitamins of tamarind is the B complex. Thiamine, a standout amongst the essential parts of that vitamin family, is found in high amounts in tamarind. Thiamine has the ability to enhance nerve function and muscle growth which will help you to stay fit and healthy.


Tamarind is good for inflammation, sprains, joint pain, rheumatism and gout. It is also good for burning sensation of eyes. In fact it is believed that tamarind even has the ability to improve vision.