Tamarind is a type of tree that grows well in tropical climates, originated from Africa. Today it can be found growing in all tropical regions across the globe, particularly in South Asia and Mexico.
The fruits of tamarinds are used in different cuisines around the world. The taste of its fruit (the pulp) is sour when raw and turns sweet as it ripens.
Tamarind can be eaten raw or with sugar or as a flavoring agent. This fruit is used also, for making a juice which is popular in Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean.
The nutritional value of tamarind
– Abundant in vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins,
– Calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and
– Dietary fiber.
Benefits of tamarind fruits
– Treats digestive disorders like constipation,
– Reduces blood pressure and blood cholesterol,
– Manages weight and
– Manages diabetes.
Tamarind juice is a rich source of antioxidants that help boost the immune system and overall health.
How does Tamarind help In Losing Weight?
- Tamarind Possesses Laxative Properties
As a natural laxative agent, it loosens stools and increases bowel movements. Because of this property, it is used to treat constipation, preventing it, in the long run, and helping in healthy weight loss.
Due to its contain dietary fiber consumption of tamarind supports healthy, natural fermentation processes in the digestive tract and also, reduces the time our colon is exposed to toxins in waste materials, thus maintaining digestive health.
- Tamarind Contains Hydroxycitric Acid
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is a derivative of citric acid that is found in tamarinds (Malabar tamarind). Researchers recommend HCA in the process of weight loss because of its effects on metabolism, which is for sure correctly in animals, however, in humans, they have found mixed results.
The HCA is derived from the Malabar tamarind tropical fruit originated from India
- Tamarind Prevents Overeating
Due to the HCA, tamarind stops the body from producing the fat cells as it is able to inhibit an enzyme, citrate lyase that is necessary for your body to convert fat from carbohydrates.
In addition, HCA also suppresses appetite, by increasing levels of serotonin. The serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that makes you feel good and when it is in low levels it forces people to eat reactively (emotionally).
Low levels of serotonin may, also make you feel anxious or depressed, which is treated by many antidepressant medications. When the levels of serotonin increases, HCA improves mood and overpowers the drive to react to stressful situations, usually with food. So, eating less will force your body to releases stored fat in your fat cells.