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Velvet tamarind is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Velvet tamarind is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Health benefits of yooyi

Velvet tamarind, or as affectionately called yooyi in Ghana is a typical tamarind with a black velvety hard shell, orange sticky pulp and flat circular brown seed.


It can be freshly consumed, dried, or soaked in water and drank afterwards. Its tasty drink can be enjoyed on its own or as a unique accompaniment to meals. Velvet tamarind is packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are integral in producing energy. Here are some benefits of adding velvet tamarind to your meal:

Relieves menstrual cramps

Velvet tamarind has a natural analgesic to relieve pains, including pain during menstruation.

Treats diabetes

As included in the treatment of diabetes with natural sources and activities, black velvet tamarind is also beneficial to treat generative diseases such as diabetes. It can lower blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity.

Cures haemorrhoids

Among all the nutritious values of velvet tamarind, is its usefulness in treating haemorrhoids or piles. Ethanol contained in velvet tamarind is very good for haemorrhoid treatment. It will reduce the inflammation and gradually shrink the abscess.

Boosts immune system

Antioxidants added to vitamin C present are very useful to boost the immune system of the body. Therefore, long-term consumption of velvet tamarind in the recommended intake will ensure long-term health from microbial and fungal infection.

Nourishes skin

The ascorbic acid present in velvet tamarind is also able to stimulate the growth of healthy skin. It can nourish the skin when consumed regularly.

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