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The medicinal properties of tamarind

 Nausea and vomiting of pregnant women are said to be relieved by tamarind juice. In addition, it would be good for the liver and the kidneys by activating the flow of bile towards the intestines, and would also be a remedy for disorders of the urinary system.

 Fruit of the tamarind tree, tamarind is widespread in Africa, India and the West Indies. Still called Indian date, it is recognized worldwide for its culinary use. But its medicinal properties are often overlooked.

 If you are not used to consuming tamarind, here are ten reasons that should make you change your mind. But first, let's start by presenting this fruit with multiple benefits.

 An exceptional fruit

 The tamarind comes in the form of a pod containing a fibrous pulp as well as small black seeds which are very often tart. Depending on the degree of maturity of the tree from which it comes, the tamarind can have sweet, acid or very bitter nuances. 

It is used as a culinary ingredient in several ways in different regions of the world. In Senegal, for example, tamarind is known to everyone to accompany the traditional thieboudieune. 

The other components of the tamarind are not left out. From roots to leaves, almost every part of this tropical tree is used primarily in herbal medicine. In this regard, the laxative properties of tamarind have been proven many times.

 1- Relieves digestive disorders

 Tamarind is very rich in tartaric acid and potassium, two substances that make it a mild laxative. Thus, the consumption of this fruit is recommended for people suffering from digestive disorders, in particular chronic constipation. Very rich in fibre, tamarind effectively protects the digestive system and facilitates intestinal transit. 

Get into the habit of consuming a tamarind infusion after each meal, especially lunch, to protect you from digestive disorders of all kinds. It is also recommended that people suffering from ulcers consume tamarind in view of its many antiseptic properties.

 2- Antiseptic properties

 The antiseptic properties of tamarind have been widely demonstrated and have proven effective in treating many infections including urinary disorders such as cystitis.

 To do this, you can consume tamarind as an infusion, in the form of a refreshing drink or cook (soup or salad) tamarind leaves which are very rich in vitamins and minerals. The effective action of tamarind on bacteria makes it a very popular remedy against dermatological conditions.

 3- To treat skin conditions

 Skin infections, dermatoses, wounds are all ailments for which the use of tamarind is recommended. Very rich in limonene and geraniol, it can be ingested or directly applied to the affected skin. A natural anti-infective, tamarind helps neutralize the bacteria that cause skin problems.

 In the event of dermatosis or skin infections, you can, in addition to the tamarind infusion, prepare a decoction based on the bark of the tamarind tree, very rich in tannins, to be applied directly to the skin. For this, cook a piece of bark of about 15cm in a liter of water for about half an hour. 

Leave to macerate for about two hours before applying it to the infected areas. For your baths, add one liter of decoction in ten liters of water. Prefer this formula systematically for your children in order to prevent the little sores of everyday life from becoming infected.

 4- To fight against cell aging

 The tannin composition of tamarind and more particularly of its bark makes it a natural astringent. It is also very rich in antioxidants and vitamins including vitamin C. Regular consumption of tamarind will help delay cell aging as much as possible and improve skin elasticity. Opt for a natural solution to maintain your body.

 5- Facilitates teething in infants

 The period of teething in infants is very delicate and very trying for parents. What is your miracle cure to relieve painful inflammation for your children? While some grandmother's remedies are effective, others are simply useless and sometimes even dangerous for the infant. Try tamarind by gently applying a few drops of a warm infusion to the gums. 

In this regard, you will easily find in pharmacies gingival gels based on tamarind intended for infants. For adults suffering from gingivitis and canker sores, the consumption of tamarind is also recommended. You can use it mainly to make mouthwashes. For this, you can use the decoction mentioned above (part 3).

 6- To treat sore throats and respiratory problems

 Herbal medicine mainly uses tamarind to treat bronchitis. Acting as an expectorant, it frees the bronchi and facilitates breathing. For sore throats, we recommend consuming two to three cups of tamarind tea per day (20 grams of pulp for one liter of water). Take care to gargle with it for a more effective action.

 7- Reduces 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 enough for the pregnant woman to suck a few tamarind seeds every morning for as long as possible.

 This excellent fruit also has the reputation of stimulating the appetite. However, take care not to consume it all the time because too high a dosage is likely to cause intestinal transit disorders.

 8- Stimulates the hepatic system

 Daily consumption of tamarind helps cleanse essential organs such as the liver and kidneys. Thus, the regular consumption of tamarind in all the forms of your preference will allow a good functioning of the liver essential organ of the body.

 9- Recommended for people prone to hypertension

 The consumption of tamarind leaves has the particularity of reducing the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and regulating blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension or are predisposed to have it, we can only recommend that you incorporate tamarind into your dietary habits.

 10- Recommended for diabetics

 Tamarind leaves are also known for their hypoglycemic properties, that is, they help reduce blood glucose levels. For this, their consumption is recommended for people with diabetes or with a predisposition to diabetes. 

That said, it's best to refer to your doctor to make sure it's safe for you and how much of it you can consume. Do not miss our articles exclusively on the subject of diabetes in the dedicated section, living with diabetes.

 Tamarind is mainly used as a cooking ingredient while its consumption possibilities are numerous: 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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