Spain is a country with all types of seasonal fruits, although sometimes we are presented with the opportunity to enjoy exotic fruits, with different flavors and properties. This is the case of tamarind, a fruit little consumed in our country with great properties.

This tropical fruit shaped like a peanut pod comes from the tree also known as tamarind, originally from Africa. It has an acidic and aromatic flavor, which sweetens as the fruit ripens.

According to WebMD, tamarind is a fruit rich in vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. Likewise, one of the most notable things about this fruit is its ability to regulate blood pressure thanks to its properties.

Tamarind also has bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, that help treat hypercholesterolemia and diseases derived from the cardiovascular system. In this way, the consumption of tamarind can increase good HDL cholesterol, as well as reduce body mass and improve the endogenous antioxidant system.

Hypertension is usually accompanied by high cholesterol levels, so tamarind could become an ideal fruit to treat both conditions, since almost half of the Spanish adult population is hypertensive.