14 Best Benefits Of Tamarind Seeds For Skin, Hair And Health March 16, 2015

Tamarind is the fruit of Tamarindus indica popularly used in Indian cuisine. Roasted tamarind seeds are a popular snack amongst the rural population. Mostly available during dry season, tamarind seeds contain phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin c, potassium, calcium and amino acids. Tamarind seeds are shiny black in colour and have numerous nutritional and health benefits.

Let us look at the top 14 benefits of this wonderful gift of nature:

Tamarind Seed Benefits:

1. Diarrhea:

The red outer cover of the tamarind seed cures diarrhoea and dysentery effectively.

2. Cosmetic:

Extracts of tamarind seeds contain xyloglycans, which is used in many cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. They are topically used for treating minor skin rashes.

3. Arthritis:

Its anti-inflammatory property eases out joint pain, especially in people suffering from arthritis. Consume ½ a teaspoon of roasted tamarind seed powder twice a day with water to boost joint lubrication which soothes pain.

4. Teeth:

Rub tamarind seed powder on your gums and teeth, if you have weak teeth. This is beneficial for heavy smokers with heavy nicotine deposits or tartar and plaque caused by lack of dental and oral hygiene, and consumption of soft drinks. This also removes stain caused by tea, coffee, soda and smoking.

Tamarind seeds can cure all teeth related problems and clean nicotine stuck to your teeth. Consume tamarind seeds fried/roasted, mash them till they are smooth and brush your teeth with a toothbrush.

5. Indigestion:

Tamarind seed juice is a natural remedy to cure indigestion and increase bile production. Its rich dietary fiber contains lowers cholesterol. This helps digestion and is a great natural appetizer. This is also useful to treat stomatitis and relieve constipation.

6. Low immunity:

Tamarind seeds contain immunity boosting properties that protect you from many diseases and disorders.

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7. Cancer:

Sticky tamarind seed juice can treat and protect you from colon cancer.

8. Antibacterial:

Tamarind seed contain antibacterial benefits that can protect you from pneumonia-causing bacteria, Typhus and Staphylococcus aureus. This also protects from a bacterium that causes skin infections as well as intestinal and urinary tract infections.

9. Cough, Tonsils and Throat Infections:

Tamarind seed juice can be a good mouth wash. Gargle with this to get relief from a sore throat. You can mix it with some ginger and cinnamon to treat tonsils, pharyngitis, cold, cough, and other throat infections.

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10. Diabetes:

Tamarind seed lowers blood sugar levels. This protects the pancreas, which increases the size of insulin-producing cells.

11. Heart health:

Tamarind seed contains potassium that can prove useful for hypertensive and heart patients.

12. Fracture:

A thick paste of tamarind seeds is applied on broken bones to cure fractures.

13. Eye drops:

Extract tamarind seed juice and put a few drops in your eyes to moisturize. The juice can be heated and applied to cure conjunctivitis. Tamarind seed contains polysaccharides that have adhesive properties to stick to the eye surface.

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14. Skin health:

Tamarind seed extracts are beneficial for skin care. Tamarind seed boosts skin elasticity, provides hydration and smoothness. This contains hyaluronic acid that helps in skin moisturization and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Tamarind seed is water-soluble, hence it is used for serums, gels, facial toners, moisturizers and masks. This also acts as an anti-aging formula.

So what are you waiting for? Include tamarind seeds in your diet right away and see the difference for yourself. Don’t forget to share your thoughts below. Stay fit, stay healthy!

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  • Garo

    Very informative article!

    I have a question though… Where can I buy tamarind seed extract from? I’ve been wanting to make my own serum with is but can’t find a preservative free version online.