Tamarind is a fruit tree that can be found in tropical climates such as Africa, India and Thailand, and is even grown in southern states in the U.S. The tree produces a pod-like fruit that is also a legume. Tamarind fruit contains calcium and vitamins A, C, E, K, along with the B vitamins, which are essential for metabolism of glucose, fat and protein. In fact, tamarind contains 12 percent of the daily requirement for Niacin (B3) which is essential for liver health!
Tamarind Benefits Liver Health
Tamarind offers liver protective qualities. It has been shown to decongest the liver and gallbladder, as well as to provide antioxidant protection from free radical damage to the liver. Studies show that the liver retained normal hepatic function with fewer areas of damage when pre-treated with tamarind extracts, possibly related to the free radical scavenging effects. Tamarind has also been shown to reduce fat accumulation in the liver and aid in metabolizing lipids. Diets supplemented with 5 mg of tamarind pulp a day per kilogram of body weight showed decreases in fat production and levels of fat in the liver.