There are many health benefits of tamarind juice. It is rich in vitamin B, vitamin C, antioxidants, carotenes and minerals such as magnesium and potassium.
The high vitamin C content acts as an immune booster, thus helping your body to fight viral infections such as fever and the common cold.
Health Benefits of Tamarind Juice:
1. Boosts Digestion
Tamarind juice contains mild diuretic qualities, therefore, if you are suffering from bloating, constipation or cramping, drinking 1 glass of tamarind juice in the morning, can help normalize your bowel movements.
2. Heart Health
Tamarind juice can prevent oxidation of cholesterol, by keeping the walls of the heart arteries clear and ensuring that no cholesterol sticks to them.
As a result, this lowers the instances of high cholesterol levels and coronary heart diseases.
3. Prevents Diabetes
Tamarind juice is recommended for individuals who are trying to manage their blood sugar levels or are lowering their risk of diabetes. The active ingredients present in tamarind can regulate glucose and insulin levels to ensure a healthy balance in your body.
4. Skin Health
Tamarind juice can be used as treatment for burns and in prevention and cure for eczema. Also, it can also be used to remediate the effects of scars caused by chicken pox and acneon the face and as well as on other parts of the body.
Also, tamarind juice is rich in vitamin B and vitamin C, which are responsible for removing dead skin cells for skin health.
5. Weight Loss
Are you looking to shed those excess pounds? Then, pick up a tamarind! It has no fat content and is rich in fiber.
Studies have proven that consuming tamarind daily helped in weight reduction. This is due to the presence of polyphenols and flavonoids in tamarinds.1 Also, tamarind contains hydroxycitric acid that reduces your appetite by inhibiting amylase, which is an enzyme responsible for converting carbohydrate into fat.2
How to Make Tamarind Juice?
2 cups Fresh or compressed tamarind
Honey or sugar syrup or Honey
1. Wash the tamarind fruit with water.
2. Remove all the seeds from the tamarind.
3. Pour 2 glasses of water and let the seeds boil.
4. Add the tamarind fruit in pan of boiling water and cook using a low flame.
5. After 5-10 minutes, check if the tamarind fruit has soaked and cooked.
6. If it is, the water will turn into a think dark brown liquid.
7. Grind all the boiled content using a blender.
8. Drain the boiled content in another bowl, leaving behind the waste particles. Then let it cool.
9. Use honey or make a sugar syrup by boiling a tablespoon of sugar in a glass of water.
10. After the boiled content or tamarind pulp has cooled down, add the honey or sugar syrup, as per your taste.
11. Add ice to the mixture of tamarind pulp and serve.
1 Jindal, Vaneeta, Dinesh Dhingra, Sunil Sharma, Milind Parle, and Rajinder Kumar Harna. “Hypolipidemic and weight reducing activity of the ethanolic extract of Tamarindus indica fruit pulp in cafeteria diet-and sulpiride-induced obese rats.” Journal of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics 2, no. 2 (2011): 80
2 Ohia, Sunny E., Catherine A. Opere, Angela M. LeDay, Manashi Bagchi, Debasis Bagchi, and Sidney J. Stohs. “Safety and mechanism of appetite suppression by a novel hydroxycitric acid extract (HCA-SX).” Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 238, no. 1-2 (2002): 89-103