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Top 14 Tamarind Health Benefits

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Transported from Africa to India thousands of years ago, and to the Middle East by 400 B.C., tamarind has been called “one of the most important multipurpose tropical fruit tree species,” used for food and medicine as well as building materials
  • This exotic fruit can be eaten fresh or added to sweet, sour and savory dishes such as porridge, sauces, soups, preserves and jams, made into wine and soaked in cold water to make a refreshing beverage
  • Traditional medicine has used tamarind for many generations as a treatment for cold, fever, jaundice, stomach disorders and diarrhea, and its significant free radical-scavenging abilities have been confirmed by modern science
  • Essential amino acids, antioxidants and numerous phytonutrients in tamarind address many different diseases and disorders, including gout, conjunctivitis, fever, infection, inflammation and parasites
  • Multiple studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the many benefits tamarind is credited for helping to treat, alleviate or prevent

Tamarind is a tropical fruit many in the West haven’t tasted, but it comes in a pod that looks somewhat like a smooth, pale brown bean and inside has a sweetly acidic flavor and a sticky, paste-like consistency when mature. It’s relevant that tamarind, aka Tamarindus indica L, is known as the “date of India.”

Tamarind trees are native to Africa but were transported to India thousands of years ago, and possibly to Egypt as early as 400 B.C., a study in India in 2011 notes, referring to it as “one of the most important multipurpose tropical fruit tree species.” Brought to the Americas in the 16th century, the tree grows extensively in Mexico.


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