17 Amazing Benefits Of Tamarind Juice For Good Health

Medically Reviewed by Ella Davar, RD, CDN
By Tanya Choudhary

The mention of tamarind itself is enough to bring forth cozy memories of home-cooked meals laced with this tangy intense flavor! The most common way of using tamarind is to squeeze out the juice from the pulpy seeds! However, are you aware of tamarind juice benefits other than just its flavor? Commonly used in Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines, tamarind juice is rich in vitamin B, vitamin C, carotenes, potassium, and magnesium amongst other important nutrients! No wonder then that they help boost your immunity and benefit your health in several significant ways! Read on to know more!

StyleCraze Trivia: Tamarind comes from the Arabic term ‘tamar hindi,’ which means Indian dates.

Tamarind Juice Benefits

Let us look at the top 17 benefits of tamarind juice:

1. Laxative

Tamarind juice is a mild laxative (1). This is used to treat bile disorders and helps the body fight against viral infections such as cold and fever (2), (3).

2. Eye Care

The tamarind pulp juice can be used to cure conjunctivitis (4). Eye drops are prepared by the traditional method using tamarind seeds to cure dry eye syndrome (5).

3. Piles

The tamarind flower’s juice is extracted and this is to be drunk to potentially help with bleeding piles (4).

4. Cooking

Tamarind juice is widely used in many states of India for making curries, salad dressing, marinade, etc. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add juice to sauteed vegetables for a refreshing finish.
  • You can also make a fresh drink by mixing a little bit of sweetener, sugar or maple syrup with tamarind juice with 2 cups of cold water and lemon wedges.
  • Make a tangy drink by adding this to fresh orange juice with ice (sugar is optional).
Fun Fact: Tamarind is used as a solidifying agent in various confectionaries.
  • Prepare a salad dressing out of tamarind, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil.

5. Metabolism

Tamarind juice may help to boost metabolism that may, in turn, be an excellent way to reduce weight loss (4).

6. Stomach Health

Use of tamarind juice may treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Tamarind pulp juice helps to keep stomach ulcers and stomach acids at bay (4).

Mix it with honey, milk, lemon and dates to help indigestion. They are rich sources of fiber that regulates bowel movements and may help with constipation, intestinal worms, and parasites in children. This is a great natural way to cure diarrhea and dysentery, and lower inflammation caused due to hemorrhoids (4).

7. Diabetes

Tamarind pulp juice contains “carb-blocking” properties that help your body to absorb carbohydrates. This helps lower the blood glucose levels of diabetic patients postprandially (after meals). Tamarind juice is a traditional method to manage diabetes and lower blood-sugar levels (4), (6). Tamarind juice also may help with preventing oxidative damage in the pancreas, which may otherwise increase diabetes risk (7). Patients with diabetes may also develop cardiovascular disease (8). Drinking unsweetened, freshly made tamarind juice regularly reduces the risk of this and other related diseases (7).

8. Immune System

This juice contains many powerful antioxidants that are beneficial for optimal health. This also may improve the immune system and treat problems associated with a weak immunity like cold, cough, flu, etc (9).

9. Antioxidants

Tamarind juice is a very rich source of antioxidants that protects your body from hazardous free radicals and signs of premature aging (7).

 10. Heart Health

This juice has the potential to prevent the oxidation process of cholesterol, which can stop cholesterol sticking to the walls of your arteries and blocking them with plaque. This may help lower the risk of coronary heart disease and high cholesterol levels in the blood (9).

11. Obesity

Many people with obesity are struggling to lose weight to maintain their body weight. Tamarind juice can be very beneficial part of healthy and balanced eating plan to promote in weight loss and treating metabolic syndrome (9).

12. Cancer

This juice is very high in antioxidants that may potentially lower the risk of cancer development and improve the body’s immune system (7).

13. Cooling Effect

This imparts a cooling effect to your body temperature. Hence, the drink is to be consumed to cure sun strokes in the tropical regions (4).

14. Anti-inflammatory

Tamarind juice contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may be useful to soothe a sore throat (4). Some people find that gargling with tamarind juice may reduce the pain and soothe a sore throat. It can also be applied to the joints to potentially soothe inflammation and pain (4).

15. Skin Health

Tamarind juice may be used for the health of your skin and to treat burns and prevent edema. Apply the juice to maintain glowing and healthy skin. This may also reduce or remove common acne or chickenpox scars from the face and other parts of the body. Tamarind juice contains enzymes, fiber, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and alpha hydroxyl acids that remove dead skin cells (10). However, these benefits are based on anecdotal evidence, so try it at your own risk.

16. Blood Purifier

Tamarind juice is also used in cosmetics, such as tamarind face masks and face scrubs. It contains acids, minerals, dietary fiber, and vitamin C and acts as a good blood purifier. However, research is limited in this regard and therefore is not proven to be beneficial.

17. Body Scrub

  • Take 3/4 cup of fresh tamarind pulp juice.
  • Mix with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, some baking soda, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  • Blend well until it turns into a smooth paste.
  • Exfoliate with a loofah while taking shower for glowing skin.

Tamarind juice is rich in vitamins B and C, potassium, magnesium, and carotenes. This juice is an effective laxative and may help manage conjunctivitis, piles, diabetes, and obesity. It also may boost cardiovascular, stomach, and skin health. In addition, this juice can boost immunity and is used as a taste enhancer in many dishes. Tamarind juice may also act as a blood purifier and body scrub. It may rev up one’s metabolism and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is definitely worth trying and including this juice in your diet and skin care regimen to reap its benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink tamarind juice every day?

Yes. Consuming moderate amounts of tamarind juice every day can help boost your skin, hair, and overall health in many ways.

Is tamarind good for hair growth?

While anecdotal evidence suggests that tamarind may help prevent hair fall and strengthen the hair, scientific evidence regarding its role in hair growth is limited.

Is tamarind a blood thinner?

Scientific evidence regarding the anticoagulant properties of tamarind is still lacking.

Sources

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  6. Studies on the antidiabetic effects of Tamarindus indica (Tamarind) Linn. seeds on Nondiabetic Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic model rats
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Tanya is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She specializes in writing articles on ingredients that benefit skin,... more

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Ella Davar is a registered dietitian, integrative nutritionist, certified health coach, and speaker who specializes in personalized anti-aging nutrition programs... more

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