Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Wonderful Health Benefits of Tamarind

Tamarind is the most popular sour spice in Indian cuisines. It has several uses in different recipes and is used in sweet drinks, snacks, sauces, pickles, and foods.
It has antiseptic and cool properties and reduces the fever too.
The shucks, fruit flesh, and pips of Tamarind
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It contains C, E and B vitamin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and fiber. It is also full of antioxidants and all these things work as a health package.

Tamarind has several health benefits.

1. Put a little cinnamon, green cardamom, brown sugar or jaggery or gur and tamarind in a saucer of water and take it 2-3 times a day for the loss of appetite.

2. It helps in digestion due to the presence of fiber in it.

3. Tamarind gives relief from constipation and diarrhea. For the purpose take the powder of the seeds of tamarind with water.

4. It helps in weight loss due to the presence of hydroxy citric acid, which increases the formation of fat-reducing enzymes in the body.

5. It increases the blood circulation in the body and removes the iron deficiency. It increases the formation of red blood corpuscles, improves memory, gives energy in weakness and strengthens the disease-fighting immune system of the body.

6. In case of piles, take equal amounts of mustard oil and butter oil and fry the leaves of tamarind in it. Add the dry seeds of pomegranate, dry ginger, dry seeds of coriander and cook it for some time. Add curd to it and take it 2-3 times a day.

7. Eat tamarind with Dalia or ground wheat to get relief if the blood comes in piles.

8. Tamarind is full of vitamin B which helps in the development of muscles. The thymine present in it helps in proper functions of veins and arteries and builds the muscles.

9. To get relief in swelling of any type, take a cup of wheat flour, tamarind leaves, tamarind juice, a pinch of salt and boil the contents for some time. Apply the paste on affected area a let it remain there for some time.

10. The paste of the bark of tamarind helps to cure black spots on body and face.

11. The tamarind juice in oil is mixed and put into the ear to get relief in ear sores.

12. In case of sunstroke and headache caused by sunlight, the juice of tamarind gives instant relief.

13. The ripe tamarind helps in indigestion and improves the taste of the mouth.

14. It removes the worms and tapeworms from the intestine.

15. It acts as a heart tonic.

16. The powder of the seeds of tamarind is applied on Scorpion bites.

 17. Keep the seeds of tamarind soaked in water overnight and eat them after taking off the peels to get relief from a backache.

18. Tamarind removes the uric acid from the body and gives relief in gout and rheumatism.

19. Apply the paste of tamarind on dark circles around the eyes.

20. It is also used as a face mask when used with milk for skin lightening. Wash and clean the tamarind and remove all the seeds. Soak it in warm water and use it for skin tightening.

21. When taken with sugar it gives relief in heart inflammation.

22. The intake of the juice of tamarind helps in nausea and vomiting.

23. In case of injury or sprain, boil the leaves of tamarind in water and give its bath to the affected part.

24. The application of the paste of tamarind removes the dead skin cells from the face. 

Health Benefits of Tamarind Leaves

The fruits, pulp, leaves, and bark of a tamarind tree are full of several health benefits. Tamarind fruit is used in Indian recipes for imparting the sour taste to the dishes. But the leaves of the tamarind are used in the ancient system of medicines for several ailments.

1. It gives relief in diabetes as the intake of tamarind regulates the levels of blood sugar and increases the insulin sensitivity of the body.

2. Chewing few leaves of tamarind gives relief from a toothache and removes the bad odor from the breath.

3. The leaves of tamarind have antiseptic properties. The juice of the leaves is applied on wounds for speedy healing. It helps in the formation of new cells.

4. The juice of the leaves gives relief from peptic ulcer and its symptoms.

5. The intake of tamarind leaves gives relief from high blood pressure.

6. The leaves are the storehouse of vitamin C and save the body from the infection caused by the microscopic germ. The juice of leaves helps to stop infections and the development of parasites.

7. Scurvy is caused by the deficiency of vitamin C. It is also called boatman sickness. The symptoms of which include tiredness and swelling or bleeding in gums, brittle, frail, and ingrown nails. The leaves of tamarind are full of high ascorbic acid and act as an anti-scurvy vitamin. 

8. The leaf extract helps to stop the pubic infection and gives relieves the symptoms.

9. The leaf extract improves the quantity and quality of milk of breastfeeding mothers.

10. The leaves are analgesic and give relief from pain. The leaf and bark extract is taken during painful periods. The analgesic effects are increased by boiling the leaves with raw papaya and a little salt.

11. The leaves also help to alleviate the swelling and the leaf extract is thus used as a massage in joint pains.

12. It has been found in a research the extract of tamarind leaves stop the development of Plasmodium falciparum- which is produced by the mosquitoes and is the chief cause of malaria. 

13. The leaf extract gives relief from jaundice. 
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