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4 Potential Benefits of Turmeric and Tamarind

4 Potential Benefits of Turmeric and Tamarind

Many Filipinos are familiar with turmeric (luyang dilaw) and tamarind (sampalok) since they are common ingredients in spicing up many meals. However, did you know that together, they are also powerful herbals with promising benefits? If you want to know more about the turmeric-tamarind tandem, read on.

Various Benefits of Tamarind and Turmeric for Health

Turmeric contains analgesic (pain relief), antipyretic (lowers body temperature), and anti-inflammatory properties. Tamarind, on the other hand, has antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties. The mixture of these two natural ingredients may safely and effectively address some healthcare concerns.

Here are the potential benefits of turmeric and tamarind:

1. They Help Relieve Menstrual Pain

Do you often experience menstrual cramps? If so, consider stocking up on turmeric and tamarind.

Curcumin in turmeric reduces the inflow of calcium ions in uterine epithelial cells and diminishes the production of prostaglandins, hormones that create pain and swelling. The analgesic properties of turmeric also help non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as mefenamic acid, work better in dealing with menstrual pain.

Turmeric’s benefits are further strengthened by the reaction of tannins, saponins, sesquiterpenes, alkaloids, and phlebotomine in tamarind. You see, these substances can relieve uterine contractions.

If you find it bothersome to consume turmeric and tamarind fresh, don’t worry. As of now, there are many powdered formulations of these ingredients available in the market. Just make sure that you’re purchasing a product that has passed the FDA inspection.

2. They are Rich in Antioxidants

A number of studies show that turmeric and tamarind are equally great sources of antioxidants.

The curcumin compounds in luyang dilaw have high antioxidant activities. In fact, many of the therapeutic effects of turmeric are associated with its antioxidant content. Likewise, tamarind also contains phytochemicals composed of phenolic antioxidant compounds that are good for the body.

If you’re looking to add more antioxidants to your diet, it’s best to do it with fresh, natural foods, like turmeric and tamarind.

3. They Aid in Weight Loss

Separately, turmeric and tamarind can aid weight loss. But, you can maximize this benefit by combining the two ingredients.

Curcumin suppresses the inflammatory response in body cells, including pancreatic, fat, and muscle cells. This reaction can help reduce insulin resistance, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and fight other metabolic conditions caused by obesity. Furthermore, curcumin can also reduce the growth of fat tissues.

As a result, your weight can become more stable, thereby lowering the risk of obesity.

Additionally, when you have a minimal inflammatory reaction, your body can focus more on weight loss.

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4. They Help in Blood Sugar Control

If you have diabetes , consider regularly consuming the tamarind-turmeric herbal medicine after you get your doctor’s approval.

Luyang dilaw has long been known to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. This effect might be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the herb.

Reports also say turmeric helps people with diabetes in various ways, resulting in improved insulin resistance.

Reminders When Taking Tamarind-Turmeric

Sampalok and luyang dilaw are both generally safe when taken in food amounts. After all, they are common ingredients in many Filipino cuisines. Their components, particularly their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, also make them healthy food choices.

However, if you plan to use them regularly as an herbal medicine, be sure to check in with your doctor first. This is especially important if you have an underlying health condition or are taking medicines.

As beneficial as these two ingredients are, they may still result in some side-effects or interact with your drugs.

Finally, never use tamarind and turmeric as a substitute for the medicines you’re already taking. Doing so can negatively impact your health and make your condition worse.

Learn more about Nutrition Facts here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

1 Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial studying the effects of Turmeric in combination with mefenamic acid in patients with primary dysmenorrhoea, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2468784720301847, Accessed December 14, 2021

Tamarind: A diet‐based strategy against lifestyle maladies, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6848808/, Accessed December 14, 2021

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17569207/, Accessed December 14, 2021

Curcumin limits weight gain, adipose tissue growth, and glucose intolerance following the cessation of exercise and caloric restriction in rats, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28839007/, Accessed December 14, 2021

Curcumin and Diabetes: A Systematic Review, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3857752/, Accessed December 14, 2021

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Written by Hello Sehat Updated Apr 18
Expertly reviewed by Chris Icamen