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Tamarind is a tropical fruit many in the West haven’t tasted, but it comes in a pod that looks somewhat like a smooth, pale brown bean and inside has a sweetly acidic flavor and a sticky, paste-like consistency when mature. It’s relevant that tamarind, aka Tamarindus indica L, is known as the “date of India.”

Tamarind trees are native to Africa but were transported to India thousands of years ago, and possibly to Egypt as early as 400 B.C., a study in India in 2011 notes, referring to it as “one of the most important multipurpose tropical fruit tree species.”1 Brought to the Americas in the 16th century, the tree grows extensively in Mexico.

Depending on its use, people in Uganda have used it for as long as anyone can remember, as a snack when its ripe; the immature green pods are eaten both fresh and boiled with porridge, rice, fish and meats to give it a sour flavor. The fern-like leaves are cooked and eaten like a vegetable, and the pulp is sometimes made into wine or combined with other tropical fruits such as guava, papaya or banana. 

Tamarind is often used to flavor and thicken sauces, soups, preserves, jams and jellies. When the fruit inside is ripe, the pods or husks are removed, and the fruit is soaked in cold water to make a refreshing beverage. In the Bahamas, tamarind is roasted on coals and eaten with wood ashes,2 and it’s a prominent ingredient in Worcestershire sauce and barbecue sauce.

Tamarind has been grown in indigenous cultures of Eastern Uganda for generations, both for food and medicine. It’s been foundational for a number of other functions, from cultural and social traditions, to income generation, to environmental amelioration. Like most other plant-based foods, tamarind has its own complex and unique compounds that make it beneficial for health.

The fruit is used for food and medicine, including eating it raw, dried and ground into a spice, dried to make candies and, once it’s completely ripe, added to desserts as well as more savory dishes.3 It also has the ability to improve a number of health conditions throughout your body, especially:








Aiding respiratory health4

Promoting heart health by reducing blood pressure5

Regulating blood glucose levels to help control diabetes6

Potential weight loss via inhibited fat-storing enzyme

Pain relief, including headaches

Fighting infection by strengthening your immune system

Reducing fever7

Protecting against intestinal parasites8

Reducing hemorrhoid pain and inflammation

Stimulating the release of gastric juices to help regulate digestion through its fiber9

Improving blood circulation due to high iron content10

Protecting your skin against premature aging

Enhancing nerve function due to its high thiamine content

Alleviating skin disorders

Polyphenolic Aspects of Tamarind

Studies have recognized the extensive vitamin and mineral content of tamarind, including “a high level of protein with many essential amino acids, which help to build strong and efficient muscles,”11 significant amounts of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, as well as iron, sodium, copper, zinc and nickel,12 the latter of which is needed in only trace amounts to enhance your body’s ability to absorb iron, prevent anemia and strengthen your bones to offset osteoporosis.13 

Thiamine is one of the B complex vitamins that serves to improve your nerve function and muscle development, and a unique compound known as hydroxycitric acid (HCA) can be extracted and used as a spice to suppress your appetite and promote weight loss.14

Tamarind leaves contain a “fair” amount of vitamin C and β-carotene, and a high mineral content, particularly phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium.15 However, while both the pulp and the seeds have been revealed as rich in potent antioxidants and other phytonutrients, in some areas, tamarind seeds have been “underutilized” because they were simply discarded. An overarching university study16 in Kenya in 2017 reveals common medicinal uses:

“Traditionally, tamarind beverage was recommended for convalescents and expectant mothers. Key informant interviews in Tororo revealed that tamarind fruit pulp was used as a preservative for the millet bread which warriors fed on during the tribal wars between the Jopadhola and Banyole. Tamarind fruit beverage was also commonly given to rejuvenate those returning from war.”17

One review reporting on the extent of the plant’s “explored potential” also listed the ability of tamarind extracts in traditional medicine, adding helminthes infections (parasites), abdominal pain, diarrhea and dysentery, wound healing, eye diseases, malaria and fever, constipation, cell cytotoxicity and gonorrhea. It continues:

“The plant is reported to possess antidiabetic activity, antimicrobial activity, antivenomic activity, antioxidant activity, antimalarial activity, hepatoprotective activity, antiasthmatic activity, laxative activity and anti-hyperlipidemic activity. Every part of the plant from root to leaf tips is useful for human needs.”18

A number of powerful polyphenolics helps explain why tamarind has for thousands of years and continues to have such dramatic effects on disease. The Research Journal of Microbiology19 lists tartaric acid, acetic acid, succinic acid, alkaloid, flavonoids, sesquiterpenes and glycosides as some of the active ingredients in tamarind.

In addition, proanthocyanidins include apigenin, procyanidin, epicatechin, procyanidin dimer, procyanidin trimer and, to lesser degrees, but significant enough to impart positive benefits, taxifolin, eriodictyol and naringenin, in respective order.

Uses for and Historical Significance of Tamarind

From planting to eventual harvest is a slow, lengthy process, as the tree — which can reach 80 feet in arid climates, but only 18 to 20 feet high in California — doesn’t produce for four or five years. Once mature, tamarind trees can produce as much as 350 pounds of fruit per year.20 Harvesting is often accomplished by shaking the tree and gleaning what falls.

The peoples’ “indigenous knowledge of the fruit,” (called “IK” in the study) has been relied on for expanded use, preservation and conservation of Tamarindus indica L, its scientific name. In fact, 18 uses for tamarind explain why at least half the locals assisting in the study grew the tree in their home gardens; however, 52 percent of the tamarind trees were identified by scientists as self-propagated.

Reported nonfood uses for the tamarind tree included shade or windbreaks to protect native homes, building materials, oral hygiene (toothbrushes), textiles, dying, making gunpowder,21 feed for livestock and food preservation as practical functions.

More Studies on Tamarind for Multiple Diseases and Disorders

A number of studies over recent years have identified tamarind as having compounds useful in treating diseases, including diabetes. One of them is a study conducted in India in 2004, which notes:

“Plants are being effectively tried in a variety of pathophysiological states. Tamarindus indica Linn. is one of them. In the present study, aqueous extract of seed of Tamarindus indica Linn. was found to have potent antidiabetogenic activity that reduces blood sugar level in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic male rat.”22

A 2011 study23 from the University of Adelaide in Australia observes traditional medicinal uses for tamarind as a treatment for cold, fever, jaundice, stomach disorders, diarrhea and as a skin cleanser.

More significantly, the study lists its “tannins, saponins, sesquiterpenes, alkaloids and phlobatamins and extracts” tested as active against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. The study’s conclusion notes the plant’s “broad spectrum antibacterial activity and a potential source of new classes of antibiotics that could be useful for infectious disease chemotherapy and control.”24

The seeds have been shown to have significant free radical-scavenging abilities,25 and according to a book published first in 1930 and updated in 1961, “Woody Plants of Ghana,” the fruit can act as a laxative due to the malic and tartaric acids and potassium acid.26

The earlier reference to wound healing by tamarind was addressed in another study, as was its potential for treating malaria27 and dysentery.28 Tamarind’s high fiber content is responsible for its natural laxative properties, as it may help to add bulk to your stool while also stimulating bile activity and digestion.29

In addition, tamarind was reported in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology to reduce blood pressure, possibly due to the potassium content,30 and a compound called lupeol found in tamarind exerts anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, according to a study at the University of Wisconsin, while also reducing eye irritations such as conjunctivitis, aka pink eye, and addressing pain from gout, rheumatism and arthritis.31

One thing to note regarding tamarind is that it has a tendency to act as a blood thinner, so be aware if you take aspirin, which does the same, as does blood thinners. But this exotic fruit’s ability to boost your immune system, fight microbial and fungal infections and act as a powerful antioxidant make tamarind a highly nutritious plant-based food.

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Post-vaccine surge? Michigan’s spring coronavirus case spike close to previous year’s autumn high

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(Natural News) The spike in new Wuhan coronavirus infections recorded in Michigan over the spring is similar to a spike seen during the 2020 fall season. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, the state’s daily coronavirus case count averaged more than 7,000 for almost two weeks – before taking a slight dip to 6,891 on April 20. This echoed similar figures back in November and December 2020, which saw sharp rises in infections for those two months before plunging.

Back in autumn of last year, Michigan averaged more than 7,000 cases per day for a span of 10 days. New infections dropped slightly, then briefly spiked as the December holidays approached. It then fell to the low 1,000s for the succeeding two months – until ascending again in March.

According to University of Michigan internal medicine professor Dr. Vikas Parekh, the sudden increase in new infections could be attributed to several factors. Among the factors he cited was re-openings, which increased people’s interactions and mobility. Parekh said the loosened restrictions contributed to the spread of the highly contagious U.K. B117 variant.

“As the B117 variant spreads nationally, we will likely see other stats [with] their own surges – although I hope none are as bad as Michigan,” the professor remarked. He continued: “The milestone just tells us we are not yet in the clear, especially as we still have large portions of our population who are not vaccinated yet.”

Parekh also expressed optimism over the lower daily caseloads the Great Lakes State reported. He said he believes both cases and hospitalizations have plateaued and will likely decline soon. The professor commented: “[COVID-19] positivity has been declining now for one week, which is usually a leading indicator of case decline.”

Meanwhile, the state cited younger populations and youth sports, such as basketball, wrestling and hockey, to increase new COVID-19 infections. Because of this, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called to suspend youth sports and indoor dining in the state. She also exhorted high schools to conduct remote class sessions for two weeks to curb the spread of the pathogen.

Michigan still experienced the spike in cases despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the country

During the opening stages of the U.S.’s immunization drive against COVID-19, Michigan boasted of having one of the highest vaccination rates nationwide. A report by Bridge Michigan even noted the initial “frenzy for vaccines” that “far exceeded the state’s limited supply.” But things have appeared to turn around for Michigan, as it now struggles to reach the 70 percent vaccination rate needed for herd immunity.

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Scottish mom’s legs turn into a pair of “giant blisters” after first dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine

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(Natural News) Sarah Beuckmann of Glasgow, Scotland, felt a tingling sensation in her legs and noticed a rash flaring up around her ankles a week after getting her first dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on March 18.

She also had flu-like symptoms right after the vaccination.

Beuckmann called her doctor to arrange an appointment the morning she noticed the rash, but by the afternoon her skin was already breaking out into blood-filled blisters. Blisters also appeared on her legs, hands, face, arms and bottom.

“I ended up asking my husband to take me to A&E,” said Beuckmann, referring to “accident and emergency,” the equivalent of an emergency room (ER). “When I got there, my heart rate was sitting at 160bpm, which they were very concerned about. I got put on an ECG machine.”

Doctors determine AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine triggers the rash

Medics carried out tests for HIV, herpes and other skin conditions to work out what triggered the rash, but all results came back negative. Doctors finally determined that the vaccine caused her rare reaction after carrying out two biopsies.

“Once they found that it was a reaction to the vaccine, they put me on steroids and that really seems to be helping my progress,” said Beuckmann. She had been advised by her doctor not to get the second dose of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine because of her reaction.

Beuckmann spent 16 days at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. She was discharged to recover at home. The 34-year-old mother of one is currently wheelchair-bound due to the bandages on her legs and blisters on the soles of her feet. She may need physiotherapy to help strengthen her leg muscles.

“They are starting to heal and they’re looking a lot better than they were but as the blisters started to get worse, they all sort of merged together,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

With the blisters merging, her legs have looked like a pair of “giant blisters.” Beuckmann admitted that at one point she feared her legs might have to be amputated.

Dermatologist agrees COVID-19 vaccine causes the blisters

Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, a consultant dermatologist and spokeswoman at the British Skin Foundation, agreed that Beuckmann had likely suffered a reaction to the vaccine.

“Vaccines are designed to activate the immune system. Occasionally people will have quite dramatic activation of their immune systems which, as happened in this case, can manifest in their skin” Wedgeworth told MailOnline. “This poor lady had a very severe reaction, which thankfully is extremely rare.”

It is not clear why Beuckmann, who works in retail, was invited for a vaccine. Scotland’s vaccine rollout was focused on people over the age of 50 when she got vaccinated, although vaccines are available to those who are considered at risk from the virus, or live with someone considered vulnerable.

At least 20 million Briton have had AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which drug regulators say causes a rash in one percent of cases. They say rashes caused by the jab tend to go away within a week.

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Trojan labs? Chinese biotech company offers to build COVID testing labs in six states

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In 2012, BGI acquired Complete Genomics, a DNA sequencing company and equipment maker. The funds for the $117.6 million purchase were raised from Chinese venture capitals. The company has expanded its footprint globally. According to its website, BGI conducts business in more than 100 countries and areas and has 11 offices and labs in the U.S.

People are concerned about China’s access to American DNA data

Some said that with Complete Genomics providing an American base, BGI would have access to more DNA samples from Americans, helping it compile a huge database of genetic information. Some also worried about the protection of the genetic information’s privacy.

According to a 2019 report from the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), BGI “has formed numerous partnerships with U.S. healthcare providers and research organizations to provide large-scale genetic sequencing to support medical research efforts,”

There are three main reasons why many people in the biotech community and government have expressed concerns about China’s access to American DNA data.

In the “60 Minutes” interview, Evanina discussed the very likely scenario in which Chinese companies would be able to micro-target American individuals and offer customized preventative solutions based on their DNA.

Evanina asked: “Do we want to have another nation systematically eliminate our healthcare services? Are we okay with that as a nation?”

The second concern is that China may use DNA to track and attack American individuals. As the USCC report states: “China could target vulnerabilities in specific individuals brought to light by genomic data or health records. Individuals targeted in such attacks would likely be strategically identified persons, such as diplomats, politicians, high-ranking federal officials or military leadership.”

The third concern is that China may devise bioweapons to target non-Asians. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, discussed it in his article “What Will China Do With Your DNA?” published by The Epoch Times in March 2019.

He wrote: “We know that the Asian genome is genetically distinct from the Caucasian and African in many ways. … Would it be possible to bioengineer a very virulent version of, say, smallpox, that was easily transmitted, fatal to other races, but to which the Chinese enjoyed a natural immunity? … Given our present ability to manipulate genomes, if such a bio-weapon can be imagined, it can probably – given enough time and resources – be realized.”

An article from Technocracy said: “China’s aggressive collection of American DNA should be doubly alarming because it can only spell one ultimate outcome: biowarfare. That is, genetically engineering viruses or other diseases that will be selectively harmful to U.S. populations.”

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