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Eaten as a fruit, pressed as a juice, or dried as a snack, tamarind is tasty and healthy. Sometimes referred to as the “date of India,” the fruit from the tamarind tree is both delicious and nutritious.

Tamarind has received a lot of attention, and the findings are promising. It is effective in helping to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Tamarind contains a good amount of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol by removing LDL cholesterol from arteries. Researchers believe the potassium found in tamarind helps reduce blood pressure because it is a well-known vasodilator. Tamarind also contains high levels of vitamin C, which helps neutralize free radicals.

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Weight Management

Nutritionists have found that tamarind can aid in weight loss and weight maintenance. Tamarind includes hydroxy citric acid, which has been proven to block an enzyme in the body known to accumulate fat. Studies have shown that eating tamarind can suppress appetite. Researchers have found that tamarind increases serotonin neurotransmitters. More research is being done with promising results that show that tamarind may be used as a weight-loss supplement.

Tamarind has been known as a natural laxative throughout history, and recent studies have proved this to be true. Full of fiber when eaten as a fruit, the tamarind can increase the effectiveness of your digestive tract. Fiber can also bulk up stool, making it move through the intestinal tract smoother and more quickly. Research has found that tamarind consumption helps stimulate the activity of bile, which dissolves food faster. Because tamarind has a lot of fiber, the gastric juice is stimulated, speeding up digestion. Recent studies have found that tamarind can also help with chronic diarrhea.

Nerve Function

Research is being done with tamarind in regards to the body and nerves. Tamarind contains very high quantities of Thiamine responsible for improving nerve function. Not only does it help with nerve function, but it aids with muscle development as well. Thiamine is a B complex that helps with activity and reflexes.

Researchers are studying the link between tamarind and its ability to help those with diabetes. Tamarind has been found to stop an enzyme known to prevent the absorption of carbohydrates. The carbohydrates are then converted to simple sugars or fats. Carbohydrates can cause uncontrolled insulin and glucose levels, and tamarind is helpful in monitoring and controlling these fluctuations.

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