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8 Unknown Benefits of Kokum; Best Substitute for Tamarind

Anju M U
Anju M U

Kokum is a small fruit like cherry tomato, which primarily grows in the Western Ghats in Goa and Konkan areas. It belongs to mangosteen family and is red in color. Moreover it turns to deep purple at the time of ripening.

The dried kokum is used in many dishes as an alternative to tamarind because it has sour taste and mildly sweet aroma. It is used in Indian cuisines, especially in the regions such as Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra and other places of the Konkan coast as it contains homely flavours. Not only for culinary purpose, but kokum can be used for various health benefits.

Health Benefits of Kokum

Miracle remedy for acidity

In today’s fast-paced routine, acidity has become a main digestive issue. But kokum pulp can help you from this problem. All you need to do is, consume it in form of juice or sherbet.

Cure skin problems

If you are facing cracked heels then use kokum paste to cure it. It is used for producing cosmetics products such as soaps, skin lotions and balms. Kokum paste with coconut oil is effective to cure cracked heels and it is a remedy for skin rashes and blisters.

Cooling effect to body

The edible fruit, when made into sherbet or juice will quench your thirst and thus give your body a cooling effect. 

Good for Digestive Health

Kokum with its anti-bacterial property cure gastric problems like indigestion and flatulence. Protecting good bacteria in the gut, it is helpful to destroy harmful bacteria from stomach.

Loaded with antioxidants 

Kokum is rich in a powerful ingredient called garcinol, which carries antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent free radicals that are left in our body. It is why; kokum reduces the chances of developing health issues like cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. The garcinol also promotes cell regeneration and the formation of new cells.

Regulate cholesterol levels

The compound called as hydroxy citric acid, benefits to bring down cholesterol levels. Kokum is a rich source of this compound, prevents obesity and restrain excessive weight gain.

Helps fight Diabetes

Consuming kokum will help to curb free radicals and lowers the pace of oxidation. The active ingredient in the sour fruit thus regulates blood sugar levels and helps to fight diabetes.

Resolve Anxiety and Depression

The hydroxyl citric acid in the kokum helps to increase serotonin hormone in our body. Serotonin acts for regulating our mood and sooth mentally from depression and anxiety.

Moreover, kokum is well- packed with B vitamins, citric acid, potassium, manganese, ascorbic acid and many such essential nutrients, which add benefits to our health.

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