Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is a hardwood tree originally from Africa, though it has found its way to Pakistan, India, and other tropical countries. The edible part of the tamarind tree is found in large bean-like pods that have seeds surrounded by brown pulp and fiber. When young, the pulp is green and very tart, but as it matures, the pulp turns brown, becomes juicier, and tastes sweet and sour.
Tamarind has been in use for years as a treatment for digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhea. It has also been used to treat some types of ulcers, fever and help wounds heal faster. In addition, tamarind is endowed with polyphenols with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, such as helping prevent and reduce symptoms of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
The residue of the tamarind pulp after preparation for consumption can be used to polish metal thanks to tartaric acid.
This Brain Booster Tamarindo is a powerful drink to help you maintain and improve your concentration and memory-making you more relaxed and calm. Too good to be true, you may think? Just try it for a week and judge for yourself.
The preparation process is straightforward. First, take out the outer shell of the tamarind pulp, then soak the pulp in water for about 10-20 minutes, then use your hands to separate the pulp from the seeds and mix it up with the soaking water until the water turns into a thick paste. Use a large sieve or colander to strain the juice and mix with water to dilute it. You can take the juice as is but mix in honey, molasses, or another natural sweetener if it’s too sour.
Brain Booster Tamarindo
Nutritional Benefits: Tamarind is packed with essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and sodium. It also contains B-vitamins, which are folates, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. It also has vitamins A and K. These nutrients and minerals offer health benefits such as anti-inflammatory benefits, heart health by getting rid of bad cholesterol, improves the digestion process, helps prevent and reduce diabetes symptoms by inhibiting alpha-amylase, which prevents carbs from being absorbed in your body.
- 2 tamarind pulp blocks, seeded
- 1/2 cup water, for soaking
- 2 cups water
Break the block of pulp into pieces and soak it in half a cup of water for about15 to 20 minutes
Mix the paste well in the water to dislodge the pulp from the seed and husk.
Squeeze out the pulp over a colander and drain the juice or extract into a container.
Boil the juice for a minute and allow it to cool down.
You may want to stir in some raw honey, dark brown sugar, or molasses.
Place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until chilled.
It's a fantastic drink to chill down on a hot summer day or as a refreshing drink anytime.
Tamarind has various benefits for the whole body. However, what is most potent of tamarind is that it helps in mental development and concentration. You have to boil the juice for a minute as its sourness can make your teeth sensitive. It is advisable to rinse your mouth after drinking the juice. Tamarind has a very high magnesium content which enables quick-thinking - our brain thrives on magnesium amongst other vitamins, minerals, and essential oil like omegas present in coconut oil.