The sweet and sour tangy flavor of the tamarind(Imli) pulp derives from the bean-like pods that grow on the trees. The pulp is known to have many health benefits, including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tamarind is also full of vitamin A, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium.
Tamarind has long been used in medicine. This tart-sweet spice is packed with tartaric acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits the growth of free radicals (responsible for damaging body cells) in the body. Its seeds are shiny black in colour and are said to be used for various medicinal purposes. We list down some more benefits of tamarind seeds:
Helps in Digestion
Tamarind has long been touted as a natural laxative that stimulates your metabolism and further keeps your digestive system strong. Fibre helps smoothen the process of moving the stool easily through your intestinal tract. Tamarind also stimulates the activity of bile that helps dissolve the food quickly speeding up digestion.
Helps in Weight Loss
Tamarind can help you lose weight since it contains flavonoids and polyphenols, substances that can help you regulate the lipids' metabolism. Applying a mixture obtained from the tree and leaves can help you heal faster.
Boost your Immunity
Tamarind has a good amount of Vitamin C and also other anti oxidants that helps a person's immune system to improve. Because of tamarind's antiseptic effects, it gets rid of germs in the body.
Improves Blood Circulation
Another health benefit associated with tamarind is improved blood circulation. Tamarind is a good source of iron—a single serving is 10 percent of the recommended daily requirement of the mineral. The iron contained in tamarind improves the healthy functioning of red blood cells in the blood.
Good For Teeth
It is said that rubbing tamarind seed powder on your gums and teeth may have beneficial effects, especially for those who smoke a lot. Excessive consumption of soft drinks and smoking can lead to deposition of tartar and plaque; tamarind seeds come to your rescue by cleaning your teeth properly.