Velvet Tamarind (Dialium Guineense)

African velvet tamarind is the fruit of a native West African tree called Dialium Guineense. Popularly known as Awin in Yoruba, Icheku in Igbo and Tsamiyar kurm in Hausa, Velvet Tamarind is a seasonal fruit with a sweet and tangy taste
This plant is a seasonal, tall, tropical, fruit-bearing tree in the flowering plant family. This plant though underrated , has a lot of nutraceutical, nutritional and economic benefits

Health Benefit
Malaria Treatment
According to research, the leaf extract inhibits the growth of Plasmodium falciparum which causes malaria, therefore, taking a concoction of the leaf can cure malaria.

The leave extract (Concoction) can be used for treatment of Ulcer and Prevention of Hypertension.

Anti-microbial. The fruit pulp contains abundant of vitamin C which fight against microbial infection

Anti-inflammatory agent. The stem bark has ability to reduce inflammation in bronchial tube that arises due to bronchitis.

The stick when used as chew stick improves Oral hygiene and cure Toothache due to the presence of saponin which has cleaning effect and same time can remove plagues.

Relief Menstrual Cramp and stops diarrhoea. The analgesic property of the stem back makes this possible.

Improves Red Blood Cell

Improve Water & Acid Balance
Black Velvet Tamarind has potassium content which helps to regulate water balance and acid-base balance in the blood and tissues.

Reduces Body Pains
The presence of some volatile phytochemical compounds with different medicinal values in black velvet tamarinds such as methyl salicylate, pyrazine, alkyl triazole limonene, geraniol, safrole cinnamic acid made it a solution for body pains and certain illnesses.

Acts as an Antioxidant

It contains tartaric acid, a strong antioxidant that protects that body from free radicals, which cause damage to the body’s vital organs and cells.

Maintenance of the Skin
It is also regarded as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which can help exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells from the skin pore

Treat Dry Eye
Potassium contained in black velvet tamarind is one of the reasons it is suitable for curing dry eyes.

Promotes Digestive Health

The pulp of black velvet tamarind also contains non-starch polysaccharides, which help maintain a healthy digestive system and reduce blood cholesterol

Prevents Micronutrient Deficiency.

Maintains good digestion

Improves lactation

Boost immune system

Useful for pregnant women. It is amazing that this tiny fruits actually has antiaborifacient component. It prevents abortion for pregnancy. therefore, it is recommended for women with the new pregnancy, as it will strengthen the pregnancy

Cures hemorrhoid

Nutritional Benefit
velvet tamarind is rich of vitamins including thiamin, vitamin A,
folic acid, niacin, riboflavin,Contains Irons , Polyphenols. Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Copper ,Calcium and vitamin C.


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