After reading this, the next time you see this fruit, African Velvet Tamarind, you should not look the other way. Grab it and help your life.
This is one of the fruits that our great-grand parents ate that prolonged their lives and also ensured they remained healthy.
Before we delve into other things that African Velvet Tamarind does to your health, let us first drop this fact.
African Velvet Tamarind helps boost fertility and libido in women. This alone is one interesting part, especially for those who want to get to cloud-nine while having sex. Ever wondered why there were not so much married women in the past without children?
That is a story for another day.
Local Names Of African Velvet Tamarind
Popularly known as Awin in Yoruba, Tsamiyan Biri in Hausa, Icheku in Igbo and Tsamiyar kurm in Hausa and African Velvet Tamarind English.
You love the fruit but probably know nothing about it’s health benefits and that is what you will walk away with after reading this article.
According to research, the leaf extract inhibits the growth of plasmodium falciparum which causes malaria. Taking a concentrated liquor resulting from heating or boiling of this leaf can cure malaria.
2. African Velvet Tamarind Can Treat Ulcer
The leaf extract of velvet tamarind has the ability to increase gastric mucus secretion. Therefore, preparing the leaf as stated above could be a remedy for gastric ulcer.
3. Can Help Prevent Hypertension
The leafs are also highly diuretic and they promote the production of urine, making it easier for the heart to pump blood hence. This in turn reduces the risk of hypertension.
4. Anti-inflammatory And Anti-microbial Properties
If you have ever thrown a seed of African Velvet Tamarind into your mouth and you had also tasted Vitamin C tablet, the orange colour brand, you would notice that both had same taste.
You can read this research work on African Velvet Tamarind
The fruit pulp of African Velvet Tamarind contains abundant vitamin C which fights against microbial infections.
The stem bark has the ability to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes that arises due to bronchitis.
5. Improves Oral Hygiene And Cures Tooth Ache
Since it was discovered, the plant has served as an oral cleaning agent.
The stem of African Velvet Tamarind used as chewing stick contains saponin which adds cleaning effect to the teeth.
If you have plaques and caries be sure that the stem of this great plant can help remove it and make your teeth white. The stem bark decoction is also used to treat other ailments earlier mentioned.
6. Reliefs Menstrual Cramp And Stops Diarrhoea
Research has also shown that the stem bark extract of African Velvet Tamarind has significant analgesic property, which makes it possible for its use in addressing menstrual pain.
You can take it along with papaya leaf, salt and water to work effectively. It can also stop diarrhoea.
7. Jaundice And Diabetes Management
A decoction of velvet tamarind leafs is used in preparing medicinal solution for curing jaundice. It also lowers blood sugar and increases insulin sensitivity hence, can be used to treat diabetes.
8. Pile or Hemorrhoids
Piles are swollen veins in the anal canal that often cause so much discomfort for sufferers when they want to pass feces.
Pile is often cased by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas and while not life threatening, these veins can be very painful. A study performed on ethanolic leaves extract of Velvet Tamarind showed it to be beneficial for pile treatment.
9. Addresses Oxidative Damage
African Velvet Tamarind increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the body and this addresses oxidative damage.
This damage which involves free radicals – highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons – is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases. The abundance of antioxidants in the body helps protect the human body from damage caused by these free radicals when taken.
African Tamarind helps improve lactation in women that are breastfeeding and checks private part infections.
A review of several studies has concluded that chewing the fruit pulp increase secretion of milk as well as check infections.
African Velvet Tamarind leaf is one of the leafs that has been used in the past for the treatment of Scurvy and Wounds:
The fruit pulp has high ascorbic acid content which is an anti-scurvy vitamin hence used as food supplement.
Tender leaves of velvet tamarind, when squeezed and applied on wounds, stimulates the growth of healthy skin and protects the wounds against germs and moisture.
Once in a while, it will be a nice thing to get this fruit and snatch on it now that you know it adds so much value to your health.
What is it called where you come from?