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Bael Health Benefits

Bael fruit has a smooth, woody shell with a green, gray, or yellow peel. It takes about 11 months to ripen on the tree and can reach the size of a large grapefruit or pomelo, and some are even larger.

 

The scooped-out pulp from its fruits is eaten raw with or without sugar, or is blended with coconut milk and palm-sugar syrup and drunk as a beverage, or frozen as an ice cream. It is also used in chutneys and for making jelly and jam.

 

The fibrous yellow pulp is very aromatic. The ripe fruit and unripe fruit, as well as the roots, leaves and branches have all been used in traditional medicine.

 

The leaves have been given as a febrifuge, and as a poultice for the treatment of eye disorders and ulcers and administration of fresh leaves have been used for weakness of the heart, dropsy, and beriberi.

 

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.

 

Bael fruit is said to be the best natural medicine to cure constipation. Adding small amount of black pepper and salt to the pulp and consuming it regularly removes toxins from the intestines.

 

It can also be taken in the form of sherbet to cure constipation. Bael is rich in laxatives which makes it useful in controlling the blood sugar levels.

 

This is because it energizes the pancreas and makes it produce enough amount of insulin which is necessary to control sugar level in the blood.

 

The ripe fruit is rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A; it also contains significant quantities of the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin, and small amounts of Vitamin C.

 

The ripe fruit is said to be useful in hiccup and affections of the throat. The leaves are aromatic and carminative.

 

The fruit is much used in India as a liver and cardiac tonic, and, when unripe, as an astringent means of halting diarrhoea and dysentery and effective treatment for hiccough, sore throat and diseases of the gums.

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