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10 Health Benefits of Tamarind (Imli) Fruit, Juice, And Seeds

Used as a culinary ingredient in many ways in different parts of the world, tamarind is known to all to accompany the traditional thieboudieune in Senegal. The other components of the tamarind are not left behind. From the roots to the leaves, almost all parts of this tropical tree are used mainly in herbal medicine. In this regard, the laxative properties of tamarind have been proven many times. Which brings us to make you the little topo below:

1- Has antiseptic properties

Thanks to its antiseptic properties, tamarind turns out to be a very good fruit to cure many infections, especially urinary disorders such as cystitis . To benefit from its medicinal effects, you must consume it as an infusion, in the form of a refreshing drink. You can even cook the tamarind leaves (soup or salad) that are full of vitamins and minerals. Know that tamarind has an effective action against bacteria. This makes it a natural remedy for fighting dermatological conditions.

2- Relieves digestive disorders

There is a very high amount of tartaric acid and potassium in tamarind, two substances that make it an excellent natural and mild laxative. Thus, if you suffer from digestive disorders of the chronic constipation type, do not hesitate to consume tamarind. It effectively protects the digestive system and improves intestinal transit. After each meal, especially after lunch, make a habit of consuming a tamarind infusion. This fruit is also recommended for people with ulcers.

3- Fights cell aging

Its tannin composition, especially in its bark, makes it a perfect natural astringent. Tamarind also has a large amount of vitamins (especially vitamin C) and antioxidants. Thus, if you regularly eat tamarind, it will delay as much as possible the aging of your cells and improve the elasticity of your skin. Nothing like a natural solution to take care of our body!

4- Heals skin problems

Dermatoses, wounds, skin infections? Use tamarind! Thanks to its high content of geraniol and limonene, it can be ingested or applied directly to the affected area. Yes, tamarind is a natural anti-infective that can neutralize the bacteria responsible for skin conditions. In addition to the tamarind infusion, you can make a decoction with tamarind bark to treat dermatitis or other skin infections. To do this, cook a piece of bark (about 15 cm) in one liter of water for about 30 minutes. Then let it macerate for two hours before applying it to the affected parts. You can add a liter of decoction in ten liters of water for your baths. An ideal solution to prevent small children’s sores from getting infected.

5- Boost the liver system


Did you know that eating tamarind every day helped clean the vital organs, including the kidneys and liver? For a proper functioning of your liver, so consider consuming tamarind regularly, preferably in all its forms!

6- Treats sore throats and respiratory problems

In herbal medicine, tamarind is used to treat bronchitis. This is because it acts as an expectorant that frees the bronchi and helps the patient breathe better. Tamarind is also ideal for relieving sore throats . For this, it is recommended to take 2 to 3 cups of tamarind infusion per day. Count 20 g of pulp for one liter of water. For more efficiency, do not hesitate to make gargles with!

7- Facilitates the pushing of the teeth of infants

You may not know it, but the dental flare in infants can be an extremely delicate and stressful time for parents. It has been proven that tamarind is an effective remedy for facilitating small teething. You must gently apply a few drops of warm infusion on her gums. Know that tamarind consumption is also beneficial for people who suffer from gingivitis and canker sores. You can even make mouthwashes (use the decoction mentioned in part 4).

8- Ideal for people predisposed to hypertension

Keep in mind that tamarind leaves can help lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood and normalize blood pressure. If you are prone to hypertension , do not hesitate to consume it. The same is true for people with hypertension. Integrating tamarind into your eating habits can only be the best solution for your hypertension problems.

9- Attenuates nausea in pregnant women

Morning sickness is one of the most uncomfortable stages of pregnancy. Thanks to its tangy taste, tamarind acts as a powerful anti-emetic. To do this, it is sufficient that the pregnant woman sucks every morning some tamarind seeds as long as possible. This excellent fruit is also known to stimulate the appetite. Take care, however, not to consume at all times because too high dosage is likely to cause intestinal transit disorders.

10- Recommended for diabetics

Tamarind leaves are also known for their hypoglycemic properties, that is to say they reduce the level of glucose in the blood. For this, their consumption is recommended to people with diabetes or having predispositions to diabetes. That said, it is best to refer to your doctor to make sure it does not pose a risk to you and how much you can consume. Do not miss our articles exclusively on the theme of diabetes in the section dedicated to “living with diabetes”.

Tamarind is used mainly as a cooking ingredient while its possibilities of consumption are many: infusion, decoction, salad, soup, jam, syrup …. In view of all the virtues mentioned in this article, there is no doubt that you will find an adequate way to integrate tamarind into your eating habits.


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