African velvet tamarind is a tropical tree found mostly in Africa. . It is a typical tamarind with black velvety hard shell, orange sticky pulp and flat circular brown seed. Its scientific name is called Dialium indum; popularly known as Awin by the Yorubas, Icheku by the Igbos and Tsamiyar kurm by Hausas, and Liki liki in Nigeria.
Health Benefits of Black Tamarind
It is a cure for Haemorriod
The ethanol contained in black velvet tamarind is reduces the inflammation and shrinks the abscess.
It fights harmful micro-organisms
The pulp of black velvet Tamarind has strong antimicrobial to fight against many harmful microorganisms
It Prevents Constipation
The dietary fiber in the black velvet tamarind increases its bulk and augments bowel movements. The fiber also binds to toxins in the food thereby help protect the colon mucosa from cancer causing chemicals.
It Reduces risk of Hypertension
The leaves of black velvet tamarind are highly diuretic, thereby promoting the production of urine, which in turn reduces the risk of hypertension.
It Relieves Menstrual Cramps
In the case of dysmenorrhea, black velvet tamarind provides natural analgesic properties that relieves the pain.
It is a Remedy for Ulcer
The leave extract of velvet tamarind has the ability to increase gastric mucus secretion which can be a remedy for gastric ulcer
A cure for Malaria
The decoction of black velvet tamarind has the ability to hinder the growth of plasmodium falciparum which is the main cause of malaria.