Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat tamarind

Tamarind - scientific name, Tamarindus indica - is both delicious and beneficial for the body.

It mostly grows in the tropics including Jamaica and has a distinct sweet and sour flavour. 

It is used in many parts of the world in sauces and dishes; however, Jamaicans mostly consume it as confectionery (tamarind balls) or drinks. 

The benefits to the human body of tamarind are great and it is advised that more people consume this 'miracle fruit'.

Tamarind is known to support a healthy heart; inhibit diabetes; boost the immune system; help prevent heat stroke; support weight loss; aid development of muscle and nerves; support digestion and help prevent ulcer. Other benefits include preventing cancer, slowing down the aging process and helping to fight cold and flu.

The leaves of the tree are used as a treatment for chicken pox in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean.

It is packed full of nutrients and has a high calcium content as compared to other fruits.

It contains tartaric acid, malic acid and potassium, which are all components that help promote a health digestive system. What's more, the potassium in tamarinds widens the blood vessels and controls your blood pressure by reducing the stress on the arteries and other vessels.  

A crucial compound in tamarind has been observed to prevent the absorption of carbohydrates which often leads to diabetes. 

Tamarinds also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that lead to a strong immune system.

Cancer is caused due to the growth of cells that thrive on free radicals. As a powerhouse of antioxidants, tamarinds will promote antioxidants in the body, causing cancerous cells to die.

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