Tamarind: A Natural Appetite Suppressant

by Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey

At the end of the winter season, some people enjoy traveling to tropical regions where the weather is balmy and the local foods tantalizing. Some of such foods is tamarind, a tropical fruit that is quite enjoyable because of its tart taste, subtle sweetness, and earthy aroma.


Tamarind in its own right is known to play a supportive role in weight reduction, mainly due to its appetite-suppressing properties.



Tamarind’s appetite suppression capability is due to its significant levels of hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is thought to inhibit the enzyme ATP-citrate lyase, involved in fat production. HCA may also increase serotonin levels in the brain, which could help reduce appetite and prevent over-eating.

Rich in essential nutrients, tamarind has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, particularly in India. Some of tamarind’s valuable nutrients are:  magnesium, potassium, iron, and B vitamins. Including nutrient-rich foods in a person’s diet can support overall health and help prevent nutrient deficiencies while one is working to reduce excess body fat.

Besides appetite suppression, tamarind offers many other benefits such as:

Digestive Support: High in dietary fiber, tamarind can help promote a feeling of fullness and prevent overeating. Fiber is also crucial for maintaining a healthy digestive system, which is essential for weight management. It aids in regular bowel movements and can help prevent constipation.

Antioxidants: Tamarind is rich in antioxidants, which can help fight free radical damage in the body. While antioxidants themselves don’t directly contribute to weight loss, reducing oxidative stress can support overall health and improve metabolic function.

Blood Sugar Regulation: Some studies suggest that tamarind may help regulate blood sugar levels, which is crucial for weight management. By preventing spikes in blood sugar, tamarind can help control cravings and reduce the likelihood of insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Anti-inflammatory Effects: Chronic inflammation is linked to obesity and metabolic syndrome. The anti-inflammatory properties of tamarind can help reduce inflammation in the body, supporting overall health and potentially making it easier to manage weight.

While tamarind can be a healthy addition to someone’s diet and may offer benefits for weight management, it is essential to consume it as part of a balanced diet. Relying solely on tamarind or any specific food for weight reduction is not advisable. In cases where tamarind is consumed in the form of chutney, tamarind paste or concentrate, it is important to consider that due to added processed sugar, the tamarind dish may be unreasonably high in sugar and calories. To maintain a healthy level of body weight, moderation is key.

In the area of weight management, tamarind may offer several potential benefits, however, it is important to remember that no single food or supplement can constitute a magic bullet for weight control. The key to effective weight management is a balanced diet, regular exercise, and the systematic elimination of toxins. 


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Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey, Ph.D. and doctorate degree candidate in Natural Medicine, is a Mind-Body Therapist, Wellness Coach, and published Author voted Wellness Expert by peer consensus in 2005. Therapist Lherisson-Bey is the author of the Kindle bestseller HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY as well as the weight management program GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY. From an original CD, the publication has evolved into an instructional picture book, an eBook, and an effective weight management program. Therapist Lherisson-Bey’s works have been featured on TV, radio, and in several magazines in the past 32 years.

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