Today’s health tip: Benefits of Tamarind

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Tamarind is a tropical tree that grows in several regions around the world. It produces pods filled with paste-like, sweet-sour fruit.

It is used as a flavoring in many dishes. It also has medicinal properties and can be used as a tarnish remover.

Also contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and beneficial plant compounds. It also has a lot of sugar.

Pure form comes in three types raw pods, pressed blocks and concentrate. It’s also available as candy and syrup.

Pulp contains plant compounds that may protect against heart disease and oxidative damage.

A good amount of magnesium, an important mineral that plays a role in over 600 functions in the body.

Candy may contain unsafe amounts of lead. For that reason, children and pregnant women should avoid it.