Bael Fruit : Benefits & Food Values

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Bael Fruit : Benefits & Food Values

The bael occupies an important place among the indigenous fruits of India. It is a woody and smooth food which is 5-15cm in diameter.

Botanical Name – Aegle Marmelos,
English Name – Stone Apple and Bengal Quince,
Indian Name – Beal and Siriphal.

ORIGIN AND DISTRIBUTION

The bael tree is indigenous to India. The history of this tree has been traced to Vedic period 2000BC-800BC. The tree has great mythological significance.

The Bael fruit is grown throughout India as well as in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand and most of the south East Asian countries.

FOOD VALUE

  • Calorific value – 137/100gms
  • Moisture – 61.5%
  • Protein – 1.8%
  • Fat – 0.3%
  • Minerals – 1.7%
  • Fiber – 2.9%
  • Carbohydrates – 31.8%
Note – Value per 100gm edible portion.

MINERALS AND VITAMINS

  • Calcium – 85mg
  • Phosphorus – 50mg
  • Iron – 0.6mg
  • Small Vit C – 8mg
  • Small amount of Vit B – Complex

NATURAL BENEFITS AND CURATIVE PROPERTIES

The Ripe fruit is aromatic, astringent which help construction of skin.
A. Constipation –Ripe bael fruit is regarded as best of all Laxatives. It cleans and tones up the Intestines.
Note –Its regular use for 2-3months helps evacuate even the old accumulated Facal matter from the bowels. It should be taken in the form of Sherbat.
Doses -60gms for Adults
B.Peptic Ulcer –An infusion of bael is regarded as an effective food remady for Peptic ulcer.
Procedure –The Leaves are soaked overnight in water. This water is strained and taken as a drink in the Morning. The Pain and Discomfort are relieved by this treatment than continued for a few weeks.
Bael Leaves are rich in TANNINS which reduce inflammation and help healing of Ulcer.

Article by:
Dr.Rama Mitra B.N.Y.S
Medical officer
Nature Cure & Yoga Center Kolkata

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