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Health Benefits of Tamarind

Tamarind paste is an integral part of Southeast Asian cooking when you want to add a dash of sourness to counter the spice in a curry. This is one of the most known usages of tamarind. With Asian Inspirations, explore the health benefits of tamarind, and receive some great cooking tips, too.

A little bit of tamarind pulp a day can help cure several stomach disorders. It is also reputed to help bring fever and acute cold under control. During pregnancy, most women crave something sour, and tamarind is the perfect remedy for that craving. It also helps counter the nausea women feel during the course of those 9 months.

Health Benefits of Tamarind

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Perhaps the most unheard-of benefit of tamarind is that the extract from the seeds can be useful in cuinge dry eyes. It contains a chemical similar to that found in our eyes. and it helps protect the cornea. Although it shouldn’t be consumed directly, the extract is a key ingredient in the medical composition of certain eye drops.

In Indonesia, the locals believe drinking tamarind juice helps sooth the throat and also improves your singing voice. Many famous Indonesian songstresses are known to drink tamarind juice before their performances.

Tamarind also contains vitamin C, carotene, vitamin B, potassium and magnesium and other skin-friendly nutrients. Many Malaysians believe consuming a bit of Tamarind daily is enough to make your skin glow. Here’s our health tip: add some turmeric to the pulp of tamarind, apply it as a face pack thrice a week, and you’ve got the perfect facial in the comfort of your house.

For a bit of fun in the kitchen, check out our tamarind chilli beef recipe.

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