A study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that tamarind can remove risky deposits of fluorides from your bones. The study investigates the potential abilities of tamarind in reducing the elevated levels of fluorides and increasing their excretion through urine.
Tamarind is a fruit of an evergreen, tropical tree i.e. native to Africa. It is now found in places like Mexico, Australia, and South Asia. Tamarind is a pod-like fruit that grows brown and juicy as it matures. It is initially green and sour but develops a sweet-and-sour pulp with time.
Tamarind is a popular ingredient in most of the Asian dishes. The plentiful benefits offered by tamarind present it as a popular folk remedy as well.
The researchers asked the participants of the respective study to consume a third of an ounce of the tamarind for around 18 days. The participants were mainly boys. The researchers noted a significant enhancement in the urinary excretion of fluoride in boys.
In another study, the boys were given tamarind to eat for three weeks. They exhibited an additional fluoride excretion compared to a control group.
Around 200 million Americans have fluorides in the municipal water, they are supplied with. Fluorides are neurotoxic in nature e.g. Sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride, when accumulated in the body and the brain in high levels, can bring about neurological damage. Moreover, fluorides can cause several types of cancer, reduce IQ, promote infertility, low thyroid function, and a weakening bone disease.
Fluoride Action Network states that many children exceed the recommended daily fluoride intake just by using toothpaste. Over 50 studies have linked fluoride to lower IQ in children. Moreover, high levels of fluorides also cause,
- Staining of teeth or dental fluorosis
- Skeletal fluorosis
- Bone weakness
- Joints problems
- Low levels of estrogen or testosterone
- Renal obstruction
- Lack of motivation
- Stomach damage
High levels of fluorides also attack Pineal glands. It accelerates the process of aging. Studies link high levels of fluorides with DNA damage, Alzheimer’s disease, and Autism as well. Fluorides also interfere with the production of white blood cells.
Thus, tamarind can work wonders for people who are concerned about the downright disturbing effects of fluorides.
The healthier side of eating tamarind
Tamarind prevents and alleviates chronic diseases. The seed extract of tamarind,
- Targets and kills inflammatory chemicals like interleukin
- Reduces joint pain
- Soothes swelling
- Relieves the symptoms of osteoarthritis
In addition, tamarind is rich in vitamin-C. Thus, it can boost immunity and help in the detoxification of the body. Owing to greater potassium content, tamarind,
- Supports healthy blood pressure
- Helps prevent heart diseases
- Removes excess LDL cholesterol
- Promotes fluent circulation
- Normalizes the levels of triglycerides in the blood
In addition, tamarind helps to ward off anemia because it possesses a significant amount of iron. Moreover, it fights obesity. Tamarind raises the levels of the serotonin in our body, which controls weight as well as appetite. The high fiber content, found in tamarind, helps to curb hunger pangs and promote healthy digestion.
Fresh tamarind is easily available. You can simply eat it as a whole fruit. It can also be bought in slices, blocks, concentrated, or paste. In addition, the dried seed pods of tamarind can also be obtained.
They must be cracked open and boiled to use. Note that tamarind can thin your blood! If you take aspirin or other blood-thinning medications, then you must use tamarind carefully within safe limits.