Tamarind has been a long-time folk remedy with a long list of uses, including treatment of sore throats and sunstroke. It may also have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, animal studies have shown that tamarind may have cholesterol and blood sugar lowering properties, but there doesn’t seem to be a body of evidence in humans to confirm this theory.

Tamarinds also contain high levels of tartaric acid, just as citrus fruits contain citric acid, providing not just a zing to the taste buds, but evidence of powerful antioxidant action zapping harmful free radicals floating through your system.