What is Tamarind and its benefits?

Tamarind is a tropical fruit native to Africa and is grown in the tamarind tree also known scientifically as Tamarindus indica. It also grows in tropical countries like India. It grows in bean-like pods in which the fruit surrounds its seeds and as it ripens it becomes a paste in texture and consists of a sweet-sourish flavor. Tamarind is used in medicine, and cooking and can be used as a metal polish because it is rich in tartaric acid.

Furthermore, here are the nutrients it consists of:

  • Magnesium: 26% of the daily value (DV)
  • Potassium: 16% of the DV
  • Iron: 19% of the DV
  • Calcium: 7% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 11% of the DV
  • Copper: 11% of the DV
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 43% of the DV
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 14% of the DV
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 15% of the DV

Here are the benefits:

  • One study has shown that tamarind extract has lowered total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  • It is able to reduce oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol which causes heart disease.
  • As shown above, tamarind is relatively high in magnesium and since magnesium is a main chemical in more than 600 body functions it can reduce blood pressure, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic effects.
  • In a 2014 animal study, tamarind decreased the process of Renal Cell Carcinoma which is cancer in the kidneys.
  • It is able to protect the liver thanks to the antioxidants called procyanidins that counter free radical damage to the liver.


Kim Rose-Francis. (2023). What Is Tamarind? A Tropical Fruit with Health Benefits. Healthline.

Nicola Shubrook. (2023). Top 6 health benefits of tamarind.

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