BEAL – The Amazing Fruit
Bael, also known as the “Wood Apple”. Bael fruit is a sweet, aromatic fruit that grows on the bael tree . A famous drink known as sherbet is made from the bael fruit and it has been known for its medicinal values since 2000 BC. Bael fruit contains a number of substances that may affect health. These substances include tannins, a class of compounds with anti-inflammatory effects. Bael has a long history of use in ayurveda.
Unripe bael fruit, for instance, is used for digestive disorders (including diarrhea). Ripe bael fruit, meanwhile, is said to have laxative effects. The dried powder of the fruit is used to treat chronic diarrhoea. The extract of unripe bael fruit can effectively treat haemorrhoids and vitiligo. It is also used to treat anaemia, ear and eye disorders.
• It is rich in alakloids, polysaccharides, antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin B, and many other bio-chemical substances. It also contains tannins, calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein and fiber.
• 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.
• Scurvy disease is caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C and this effects the blood vessels. Bael being a rich source of vitamins is capable of curing this disease when added to the diet.
• The extract of bael leaf can be used to control the cholesterol level in blood which makes the bael leaves highly therapeutic too.
• The juice of ripe bael fruit and added to daily diet prevents heart diseases. This is a traditional method which has been used for ages to treat diseases like heart strokes and attacks.
• 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.