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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Tamarind Seeds - Health Benefits


Tamarind seeds are the small, black seeds that you can find inside the pods of the tamarind tree, a tropical plant that grows in Africa and Asia. Tamarind seeds are usually thrown away after taking out the pulp, which is used as a sour ingredient in many dishes. But did you know that tamarind seeds have many health benefits that you can enjoy? Here are some of the ways that tamarind seeds can help you improve your health.

  1. Tamarind seeds can help you deal with diarrhea and dysentery. The red outer layer of the tamarind seed has natural substances that can kill the germs that cause these problems. You can boil some tamarind seeds in water and drink the liquid to calm your stomach and intestines.

  2. Tamarind seeds can improve your skin health and beauty. The extracts of tamarind seeds have special compounds that can moisturize, anti-age, and heal your skin. You can apply tamarind seed powder mixed with water or honey as a face mask to hydrate, nourish, and brighten your skin.

  3. Tamarind seeds can reduce inflammation and pain in your joints. Tamarind seeds have natural substances that can lower inflammation and pain that are associated with arthritis and other joint disorders. You can consume roasted tamarind seed powder with water twice a day to lubricate your joints and reduce stiffness and swelling.

  4. Tamarind seeds can protect your teeth and gums from decay and infection. Tamarind seeds have natural substances that can prevent the buildup of tartar, plaque, and bacteria on your teeth and gums. You can rub tamarind seed powder on your teeth and gums to remove stains, nicotine deposits, and bad breath.

  5. Tamarind seeds can regulate your blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes complications. Tamarind seeds have natural substances that can lower blood sugar levels and prevent damage caused by high blood sugar in diabetic patients. You can soak some tamarind seeds in water overnight and drink the water in the morning to improve your insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

  6. Tamarind seeds can support your heart health and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Tamarind seeds are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and other minerals that can regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, and electrolyte balance. You can eat raw or roasted tamarind seeds as a snack to maintain a healthy heart.


Tamarind seeds are not only tasty but also healthy. They can offer you a range of health benefits that can improve your quality of life. However, you should consume them in moderation as too much intake may cause acidity, tooth damage, or allergic reactions. Consult your doctor before using tamarind seeds if you have any medical conditions or allergies. Enjoy the tangy taste and health benefits of tamarind seeds today!


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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