The bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) is a tree native to India and is grown in most countries across Southeast Asia as a naturalized species. Some common names include Bengal quince, stone apple and golden apple. The tree is considered to be sacred by Hindus. All the parts of the tree, including the bael fruits, are used in Ayurveda and traditional home remedies for its various health benefits. Bael fruit has amazing health benefits and treats various disorders such as constipation, acidity, irritable bowel syndrome and many others.
It is often confused with wood apple, but in reality, they are completely two different tree species. The botanical name for wood apple is Limonia acidissima. The reason for the confusion could be that both fruits look similar with hard outer shells, and are used in treating diabetes and other common disorders.
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1. Relieves Constipation
Foods that are low in fiber are the primary cause for constipation. Since bael fruits are high in fiber, consuming them regularly can help relieve constipation. Eating a slice or two of the ripened fruit at least once a week can prevent various inflammatory conditions of colon and small intestine.
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2. Treats Ulcerative Colitis
Eating bael fruit twice a day for a few weeks can drastically reduce ulcerative colitis. Symptoms include increased frequency of stools, pain in abdominal area, burning sensation, weight loss, and stress. Incorrect foods habits, weak immune system and heredity play a major role in causing ulcerative colitis. Unripe bael fruit cures dysentery, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Most importantly, it does not have any side effects!
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3. Helps Manage Diabetes
Bael fruit is effective in managing diabetes as it regulates the insulin level. Many doctors and nutritionists often recommend bael fruit for diabetics. It has a soothing effect on the stomach due to its high fiber content. Include bael fruit in your diet in moderation, as too much will cause an upset stomach.
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4. Improves Skin And Hair
Bael juice made from ripened fruits is highly beneficial in keeping the skin and hair healthy. Drinking bael juice twice a day cures urticaria, skin rash and its symptoms like pale red, raised, itchy bumps. It also keeps the skin and hair healthy and shiny.
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5. Cures Diarrhea
Using unripe bael fruit to cure diarrhea is very common across India. An interesting aspect of this fruit is that it cures both dysentery and constipation, depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Ripe bael fruit is used to treat constipation and unripe bael fruit is used to treat diarrhea.
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6. Helps Reduce Weight
Bael is an ideal fruit for reducing weight as it regulates the blood sugar level and prevents food craving for a long time. As it contains high fiber, it also cures digestive problems and keeps the digestive system healthy.
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7. Benefits Eyesight
Bael fruit helps maintain healthy eyesight by reducing ocular hypertension. Topical application of the liquid extract of the fruit helps in reducing intraocular pressure or high eye pressure. Increased pressure in the eye can also lead to severe headaches.
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8. Treats Heart Diseases
Bael fruit has properties that can lower the risk of heart diseases. Mix the juice of the ripe bael fruit with ghee (clarified butter) and include it in your daily diet to prevent heart diseases. This traditional method treats diseases like heart strokes and heart attacks.
Note: Consume beal fruit in moderate quantities if you have never eaten it before. Eating excessive quantities of the fruit can cause an upset stomach. Also, pregnant women must consult their doctor before consuming bael fruit in any form.