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Tamarind: Health secrets of the tangy fruit


Tamarind benefits, men health, Indian spices, Aphrodisiac
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In Indian tamarind is used since ancient times, you can easily find tamarind in almost all modern day kitchens. The tangy, sweet, and sour taste of tamarind makes it a potent ingredient to be added in several Indian cuisines like chutney, panipuri water, chats, curries, sambar, etc. Many girls love to relish raw tamarind with salt and chilli powder. Saliva dropping? We know it's mouth-watering.

Besides its edible uses, tamarind has many medicinal benefits. In traditional medicines tamarind has been used to treat several health conditions including some critica ones. In Ghana, Africa leaf of tamarind has been used to treat malaria. Also studies say, in parts of India and Africa, tamarind is used as an aphrodisiac.

What is Tamarind?


Tamarind is a leguminous tree bearing edible fruit. Different parts of the tree are used for different beneficial usage like fruit, leaves, beans, bark, and wood. The scientific name of tamarind is Tamarindus indica.

Benefits of Tamarind


Tamarind pulp contains a variety of nutrients that can boost your health.

Tissue health: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein necessary for the body to grow and repair tissues. Some essential amino acids the body can't synthesize hence can get them from food. Tamarind contains good amounts of all the essential amino acids except tryptophan. As per World Health Organization tamarind is an ideal protein for the other amino acids.

Bone health

People who get enough magnesium in their diets have better bone density than those who are deficient. Many people, especially teens and people over 50, do not get adequate magnesium. Tamarind is a rich source of magnesium. It also contains more calcium than many plant foods. The combination of these two minerals could help prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Brain health

The B vitamins contain eight different vitamins. All are water-soluble so the body doesn't store them. All the vitamins B are essential for good health and needed for different reasons. Likewise they are also necessary for proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Tamarind is rich in B vitamins like thiamine and folate. Please note, tamarind does not contain B12 like other plants.

Aphrodisiac

Reproductive disorders and reproductive health hazards have become prominent health concerns. Sexual dysfunction has become a medical and social problem. Along with other reasons diet is one of the important factors playing a dominant role in maintaining the quality of sexual life. Studies have evaluated the effect of the pulp of Tamarindus indica in helping sexual disorders. Tamarind is reported to be traditionally being used in India, Africa and in some tropical countries for aphrodisiac activity. Though various parts of tamarind tree are being used for the aphrodisiac purpose in various places, fruit is mainly used for this purpose.

Tamarind is found to be part of the Ayurvedic formulation to enhance the sperm count. Tamarind present in herbal formulations proved to be beneficial and when taken with other efficient ingredients like ajwain. Not only tamarind but in nature’s lap there are so many plants, herbs to cure several health issues including sexual dysfunction. Though it's difficult to find these precious herbs and a tedious job to consume in the right proportion. Keeping this prominent health concern as priority Lifezen Healthcare has come up with a 100% herbal, vegetarian capsule Muslizen free from heavy metals for dealing with sexual dysfunctions. Muslizen contains 9 essential herbs helpful for sexual dysfunctions like Safed musli, Shilajit, Ashwagandha, Amla, Moringa, nutmeg, velvate bean, marsh barbel and puncture vine.

Reduces Cancer Risk

Doctors recommend a diet high in antioxidants for many reasons, one of them being a reduction in the risk of cancer. Antioxidants can prevent free radicals from damaging cell DNA. Scientists believe that many cancers begin with harm to DNA. Phytochemicals found in plants have antioxidant qualities. Tamarind is rich in several phytochemicals, including beta-carotene.

Nutritional Values

Tamarind contains vitamins A, B and C and organic acids like citric acid, tartaric acid, and malic acid. Tamarind is very rich in multiple nutrients like,

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

  • Potassium

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorus

  • Iron

  • Calories

  • Protein

  • Fat

  • Carbohydrate

  • Fiber

For a healthy, balanced life in today’s time, you need to practise a good routine of both physical and mental health, healthy food habits, adding nutritional constituents to your daily diet, taking nutritional supplements, and last but not least, daily exercise.




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