Tamarind, the sour seed pod known locally as Sampalok is a very unique tasting fruit, that has a mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavors. It is eaten raw, our used as a souring agent in the popular soup dish, Sinigang. Tamararind is highly nutritionally dense, and provides a very rich supply of vitamins and minerals, and 100g provides you with at least 5% of the daily requirement of ten differentt nutrients, as you can see in the table below.
Effects on Immunity
B Vitamins, especially Thiamine, as well as Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Calcium are all abundant in Tamarind. Magnesium is important for proper immune function as well. Iron is needed for your body to create immune cells, while Calcium is needed for some of these cells to communicate.
B Vitamins can support your immune system in various direct and indirect ways.
Our body needs Magnesium to define the roles that immune cells fulfill. Severe COVID symptoms are usually caused by malfunctioning immune cells making Magnesium very important for those infected with the virus.
Vitamin B12 is used for the production of Lymphocytes, the main cells of our adaptive immunity. This makes them very useful for supporting your body’s ability to resist variants of the virus. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is important for regulating inflammation, and COVID patients with B1 deficiency have a greater tendency to get severe symptoms
Calcium is also important for your adaptive immunity as it allows your white blood cells to communicate with one another.
Tamarind is not usually grown or treated with chemicals.