By GERRY CORNEJO
Health Benefits of Tamarind (Sampaloc)
The health benefits of tamarind have been well-studied and they include its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, improve vision, boost respiratory health, heal skin conditions, and improve the digestive system. Tamarind also relieves pain, boosts the immune system, reduces fever, lowers cholesterol to improve cardiovascular health, treats piles, prevents cancer, and protects against parasites and worms.
Tamarind is a delicious, sweet, and sour fruit that has a wide variety of uses, both for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a medium-sized bushy tree with evergreen leaves and a fruit that develops in pods characterized by long, brown shells. Inside is a sticky, fleshy, juicy pulp, which is the tamarind fruit. This is where the nutrition and taste reside!
It is a member of the Fabaceae family and its scientific name is Tamarindus indica. The tamarind tree is indigenous to tropical regions of Africa, particularly the Sudan, but its cultivation has spread to almost all tropical areas of the world since it is such a useful and desirable source of nutrition and unique flavors. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and likely made its way to Asia about 5,000 years ago. It wasn’t until 500 years ago that it made its way to the Americas via Spanish explorers. South America and Mexico remain the largest consumers and producers of tamarind in the world.
It can be consumed as a raw fruit, added to desserts once it is fully ripe or can be dried and ground into a spice. It is often used in jams and sauces and is even dried and processed into candies in some parts of the world. It is a normal ingredient in soups and dishes throughout Asia and South America, owing to the health benefits this little seed pod contains.
Tamarind is a very valuable commodity in the world because of its nutritional components. These include a significant level of vitamin C, E, and B, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. There are also a number of organic compounds that make tamarind a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Tamarind has long been considered a natural laxative and its dietary fiber content is a major reason for this property. Eating tamarind as a fruit or as a spice can increase the efficiency of your digestive system, while the fiber can bulk up your stool, making it move through the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract easily. Tamarind is also a bilious substance, meaning that it stimulates the activity of bile, which can help dissolve food faster, and the fiber stimulates gastric juices to speed up digestion. All of this together means that things run through your digestive tract faster, making it a powerful laxative if you are suffering from chronic constipation. Oddly enough, the fiber can also reduce loose stools, and studies have shown tamarind to be effective against chronic diarrhea as well!
Protects Heart Health
Studies on tamarind have shown it to be effective in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. The fiber content in tamarind certainly has something to do with the reduction in cholesterol, since it is known to scrap excess LDL cholesterol from the veins and arteries. The potassium in tamarind may be responsible for a reduction in blood pressure since it is known as a vasodilator that reduces the stress on the cardiovascular system. The impressive level of vitamin C in tamarind also have something to do with it as well. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can reduce the impact of free radicals, those pesky by-products of cellular metabolism that have been linked to heart diseases and a number of other health conditions.
Tamarind is a very good source of iron and a single serving can provide more than 10% of your daily requirement. A healthy supply of iron in the body guarantees proper red blood cell count in the body, which can ensure appropriate oxygenation of different muscles and organs to function properly. Also, iron deficiency results in anemia, which is characterized by weakness, fatigue, headaches, cognitive disorders, and stomach issues. So, eat plenty of tamarinds to keep anemia at bay!
Improves Nerve Function
One of the most significant vitamins in tamarind is the B complex. Thiamine, an important part of the vitamin B family, is found in high quantities within tamarind. Thiamine is responsible for improving nerve function, as well as muscle development, which can help you remain active, maintain your reflexes, and stay strong.
One of the unique compounds that can be extracted from tamarind or gained as a benefit from it when used as a spice is called hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is connected to weight loss because it has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the body that specifically helps to store fat. Furthermore, tamarind has been known to suppress the appetite by increasing the serotonin neurotransmitter.
Along with its ability to stop weight gain, inhibiting the enzyme alpha-amylase mainly stops carbohydrates from being absorbed. A carbohydrate-heavy diet can increase the chances of uncontrolled glucose and insulin levels, which is the biggest problem for people suffering from diabetes. Tamarind can help to monitor and control these fluctuations.
The essential oil of tamarind has been connected to a number of anti-inflammatory abilities, including the reduction of joint pain and inflammation, arthritis, rheumatic conditions, and gout. It also reduces eye irritation. One of the most common forms of this is conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Tamarind has shown a definite soothing and anti-inflammatory ability and is, therefore, used in many herbal remedies for inflammation.
High levels of vitamin C, as well as other antioxidant effects in the essential oils, make tamarind a wonderful way to boost your immune system and ensure long-term health from microbial and fungal infections. It also reduces the occurrence of parasites in the body due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. It has specifically been linked to eliminating stomach worms in children in tropical areas where tamarind is cultivated.
Very Good Luck. A Missouri woman ended up making two trips to the state lottery office in a single day when her winnings from a $1,000 jackpot turned into $100,000. Veronica Buchanan said she went to the Missouri Lottery office in St. Louis to cash in a Monopoly Scratchers ticket that earned her a $1,000 prize. Buchanan said she stopped on her way home at the store where she had purchased the ticket — the Bellefontaine BP in St. Louis — and decided to try her luck a second time with a $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers ticket. The second ticket sent her right back to the lottery office to claim a $100,000 prize.
Weird Love. A woman in the United Kingdom who fell in love with objects as a teenager announced that she plans to marry a chandelier she bought on eBay. 33-year-old Amanda Liberty of Leeds said that she had 24 chandeliers in her home (it is unknown how many cats). Liberty was in an open relationship with all her chandeliers until she found one she calls Lumiere on eBay.
Liberty said that she fell in love with Lumiere at first site. She bought the chandelier and had it shipped to her home.
Liberty loves to cuddle with Lumiere and takes it to bed. The young woman admitted that she still takes her other chandeliers to bed as they aren’t jealous of one another. But Liberty plans to marry Lumiere in a public ceremony for her friends and family.
When Liberty was 14-year-old, she fell in love with a drum set. Her first love lasted just a few months. She then fell in love with the Statue of Liberty in New York and legally changed her last name.
She traveled to New York many times to gaze at her lover and filled her house with many Statue of Liberty miniatures. Eventually, Liberty moved on to chandeliers.
But this time it’s serious. Liberty recently bought a diamond engagement ring and put it on Lumiere. The only thing that would make this story perfect is if Amanda changes her name once again, but this time to Amanda Chanderlier.
Comedy in Prison. A man who wanted to become a famous comedian, thought it would be funny to rob a bank and give away the money while he was naked. However, the only thing 25-year-old Alexander Sperber became famous for is his arrest.
Police in Florida, were called to a bank in Fort Lauderdale, after the young man came in, made a motion with his hand to indicate that he had a gun, and he demanded money. The teller handed Sperber a bag of money that contained $4,700. As soon as he left, a bundle of red dye exploded, leaving stains on his clothes and left wrist.
Sperber then removed all of his clothes and he began running naked in the streets while throwing the money around.
According to court documents, after his arrest, Sperber told FBI agents that when he woke up in morning, he “decided to rob a bank and run naked down the street while throwing the money to people in order to begin his career as a comedian.”
Sperber, who graduated from Lehigh University and is getting his master’s degree at Florida Atlantic University, has no prior criminal history. He now faces 10 years in prison.
Pot Luck. A marijuana advocacy group in Boston rolled up a 106-foot-long joint after learning there is no official record for the world’s longest marijuana cigarette. Beantown Greentown unveiled the joint, which surpassed the group’s own goal of 100 feet, at The Harvest Cup exhibition at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The group said the gargantuan marijuana cigarette was created using the group’s own pot and was formed with the help of 40 volunteers.
Andrew Mutty, co-owner of Beantown Greentown, said the idea came from the lack of an official record for the world’s longest joint. “Just all of us one day, sitting around, being inebriated and someone said, ‘what is the world record for the longest joint?’ And the situation evolved into a little bit of research and looking online and there was a one pound joint we found, but no one did it in a continuous length.
So we thought, let’s set the bar kind of high and see if anyone else wants to try and break a record.” The group said they documented the process in the hopes of getting Guinness World Records to certify their accomplishment. Massachusetts voted to legalize possession and consumption of cannabis last year.
Humorous Quotes by Steven Wright
Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time… I think I’ve forgotten this before.
A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’m afraid of widths.
Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.
I have an answering machine in my car. It says, I’m home now. But leave a message and I’ll call when I’m out.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
YOU EAT WHAT TO STAY HEALTHY?
Catherine Zeta-Jones likes to eat an apple after a meal, not really for sustenance but because it supposedly cleans her teeth. She says strawberries and pineapples also do the trick due to the citric acid found in these fruits.
Chrissy Teigen has admitted to satisfying a Doritos craving by licking the nacho seasoning off without actually eating the chips themselves. “You still get all the flavor, not all the carbs!” She says she puts them back in the bag afterward… in order to throw them away—we hope.
In addition to a number of other odd beauty hacks performed by Shailene Woodley, the actress regularly eats clay, which is a tip she says she picked up from a cab driver. “Clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it,” she says.