Benefits Of Tamarind Seeds For Skin, Hair And Health

The health benefits and uses of tamarind seeds.

1. Tamarind seeds are found within the brown pods of the tamarind fruit. These are native to tropical Africa.

2. Many people throw out the seeds, however, they have some excellent health benefits, especially for joint pain.

3. These shiny black seeds can be roasted and made into a tasty snack, with a flavour similar to peanuts.

4. They contain phosphorus, calcium, potassium, vitamin c and some essential amino acids.

5. A common use for the seeds is to treat knee pain, back pain and other joint pain caused by arthritis.

6. In traditional medicine, the seeds were ground into a fine powder and half a teaspoon was added to a glass of water.

7. This can also be used to treat fevers, boost immunity and can be gargled to treat tonsillitis, pharyngitis and throat infections.

8. The flavonoids within the seeds can reduce bad cholesterol, helping the heart to pump blood around the body effectively.

9. The outer casing of the seed contains xyloglucan which helps to treat diarrhoea, easing an upset stomach.

10. Alpha-amylase found within the seeds also reduces blood sugar levels, helping to keep your mood and energy levels stable.

11. Skin rashes and irritation can be reduced by making a paste with tamarind seed powder. Mix a little water with the powder and coat the skin for 10-20 minutes. The hyaluronic acid within the seeds boosts hydration and skin elasticity, helping it to heal and become smooth.

12. Tamarind seed powder was traditionally used as a flour and mixed with mashed onions, spice and other vegetables. This can then be made into round patties and fried for a tasty meal.

How to make tamarind seed powder Take a handful of tamarind seeds and add to a pan. Place on a high heat and roast for 4-5 minutes until toasted. Allow these to cool for a few minutes and then place in a pestle and mortar. Grind to a fine powder. How to use tamarind seed powder Add half a teaspoon of this to a 250ml of water to make tamarind seed juice. You can drink this twice per day to treat any of the problems.