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Health Benefits of Bael

Bael is one of the important medicinal plants and is found abundantly in hilly regions of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Southern Nepal and Myanmar. There are numerous health benefits of bael plant and thus used to heal different diseases and ailments. The scientific name of the bael plant is Aegle marmelos. Every part of the plant has got therapeutic properties and is an important plant used in Ayurveda medicine.

Health and Nutrition Benefits of Bael

  • Half-ripe or unripe bael fruits are very beneficial on healing chronic cholera and dysentry that is not accompanied with fever. Dry bael in powdered or normal form is more effective for this purpose. The fruit is also effective for treating dysentery accompanied with diarrhea and constipation.
  • The fruit has got mild laxative properties and therefore aids in digestion processes.
  • The rind of the bael contains about 20% tannin and pulp around 9%. thus, the fruit is used in treating cholera.
  • The leaves, bark and roots of the bael are used in treating snakebites.
  • An infusion made from bael leaves cures peptic ulcers. Soak the leaves in water overnight and consume the strained water the next morning. The tannin compound present in leaves helps to heal peptic ulcers by providing relief from discomfort, inflammation and pain.
  • Respiratory problems like spasm, wheezing and common cold can be treated by applying the oil made from leaves on the affected areas. Heat equal amounts of bael juice and sesame oil. Add little amount of black pepper seeds and half a teaspoon of black cumin seeds. Apply this oil mixture on the scalp, massage the head and take a head bath. This builds up the resistance against many respiratory problems.
  • The antibiotic nature of the leaves, fruits and roots of the bael plant is used to treat a wide range of infections and health ailments.
  • The juice extracted from bael leaves can be mixed with honey can be used to obtain relief from treat catarrh and fever.
  • The concoction made from the bark is used to heal malaria. The fruit pulp treats vitiligo.

Nutritional Value of Bael

The following are the nutritional values present in 100 grams of bael:

  • Carbohydrates – 31.8 gm
  • Proteins – 1.8 gm
  • Fats – 0.3 gm
  • Vitamin A – 55 mg
  • Vitamin C – 8 to 60 mg
  • Thiamine – 0.13 mg
  • Niacin – 1.1 mg
  • Riboflavin – 1.19 mg
  • Potassium – 600 mg
  • Phosphorus – 50 mg
  • Calcium – 85 mg

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