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Bael Fruit Health Benefits

Bael fruit also known as wood apple, elephant apple and monkey fruit. The wood apple tree is native to India, but is also found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and various other regions in the southern part of Asia.

The tree can grow up to 30 feet in height, and the edible fruits are 5-9cm in diameter. Their shells are tough, and the inside is brownish pulp and small white seeds.

 

The pulp can be eaten raw, but it is popularly scooped out and frozen, or made into jam. Leaves of the bael fruit tree help people avoid chronic or recurring colds and related respiratory conditions.

 

They also help in curing sore throat and treating chronic cough due to its function as an expectorant. It loosens phlegm and helps eliminate the build-up in the respiratory system.

 

Regular consumption of wood apple is recommended for people with kidney complaints. Considering the detoxifying powers of wood apples, the kidney and liver can be protected if the correct organic compounds from wood apples are kept at healthy levels. Bael fruits can be consumed as ripe fruits or in juice-form.

 

The ripe bael fruit is sweet and can also be used for making a tasty drink known as wood apple milk.

 

The ripe fruit is consumed as custard with sugar or honey in certain cultures. The raw bel fruit is sour to taste and is used to make chutney, while the leaves of the bael fruit tree are used as salad ingredients.

 

Rubbing the fruit’s gummy substance in the scalp is believed to treat dandruffand hair shedding. Bael has certain phenolic compounds containing anti-oxidants that help in fighting gastric ulcers, particularly, gastroduodenal ulcers.

 

This type of ulcer is caused due to the imbalance in the acidic level in the stomach. ael leaves, roots and fruit extracts have been studied for their antimicrobial properties.

 

The extracts showed inhibition of many bacterial strains. Apart from bacteria, bael extracts were also effective in controlling fungal and viral infections.

 

The antimicrobial properties are due to the presence of biochemicals such as cuminaldehyde and eugenol.

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