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    Magnificent Tamarind Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

    Although tamarind has a very sour taste, but, tamarind has so many health benefits. Its also contains a lot of nutrients such as thiamine, niacin, vitamin C and many more. Tamarind generated by Tamarindus indica trees, belongs to the tribe of Fabaceae (Leguminosae). This species is the only member of the genus Tamarindus.

    Among all fruits, tamarind is good source of iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, protein and potassium. But if you have diabetes, you probably should avoid this fruit because it contains sugar and high calories. Tamarind is also very good for women who are menstruating because of its nutrient content.

    10 Magnificent Tamarind Health Benefits

    1. Helped nervous system works well
    If you often feel numb and the muscles are weak, possibly thiamin deficiency. The content of Vitamin B in tamarind, played a major role in the function of the body including nerve and muscle activity.

    2. Keep the bones remain strong
    By consuming tamarind, naturally you increase the intake of magnesium. Several studies have shown that people who consume a high potassium and magnesium have better bone density than those not.

    3. Helps prevent constipation
    Tamarind is also a high source of fiber, fiber helps to overcome constipation and keep to smooth digestion.

    4. Controlling blood pressure
    Every 100 grams of tamarind contains 2 times more potassium than in bananas. Potassium helps control blood pressure by controlling the effect of sodium on the body.

    5. Prevent anemia
    With its high iron content, consuming tamarind can help you fight against anemia.

    6. Controlling cholesterol levels
    Besides thiamin, tamarind is a good source of niacin. Niacin can help lower bad cholesterol and raise levels of good cholesterol in the body.

    7. Helping to produce energy
    Riboflavin content of the tamarind will help release energy from carbohydrates.

    8. Assist the process of blood clotting
    Tamarind is a fruit that is rich in calcium. Calcium (with the help of vitamin K) has a major role in the process of blood clotting in wounds.

    9. Keep the healthy teeth and gums
    Missing teeth or bleeding gums can be a sign of lack of vitamin C in our bodies. Tamarind contains some vitamin C sufficient to meet those needs as much as 6%.

    10. Strengthen the immune system
    Among all the fruits and vegetables, tamarind is the highest source of protein. Protein can produce antibodies that help eradicate viruses and bacteria.

    Tamarind Nutrition Facts

    Energy : 239 Kcal
    Carbohydrates : 62.50 g
    Protein : 2.80 g
    Total Fat : 0.60 g
    Cholesterol : 0 mg
    Dietary Fiber : 5.1 g
    Total sugars : 57.40 g
    Water : 31.40 g


    • Folates : 14 µg
    • Niacin : 1.938 mg
    • Riboflavin : 0.152 mg
    • Thiamin : 0.428 mg
    • Vitamin A : 30 IU
    • Pyridoxine : 0.066 mg
    • Vitamin C : 3.5 mg
    • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) : 0.10 mg
    • Vitamin K : 2.8 µg


    • Calcium : 74 mg
    • Sodium : 28 mg
    • Potassium : 628 mg
    • Iron : 2.80 mg
    • Magnesium : 92 mg
    • Phosphorus : 113 mg
    • Zinc : 0.10 mg


    • Carotene-ß : 18 µg
    • Crypto-xanthin-ß : 0 µg
    • Lutein-zeaxanthin : 0 µg
    • Saturated fatty acids : 0.272 g
    • Monounsaturated fatty acids : 0.181 g
    • Polyunsaturated fatty acids : 0.059 g
    • Cholesterol : 0
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