Aegle marmelos, the bael fruit is widely common in many parts of India, its sharbat is relished widely in the summers and the fruit also provides plethora of health benefits. The bael fruit is ball-shaped, whit hard exterior and it doesn’t split open even upon ripening. The best way to determine the ripened fruit is to look for visible differences. The raw fruit looks greenish grey while the woody exterior turns yellow upon ripening. The ripened fruit contains aromatic pulp with around 10 to 15 seeds enclosed in a sac filled with natural adhesive.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BAEL FRUIT
1.) Bael fruit hydrates the body, it contains 61.5 grams water per 100 g of the fruit; therefore, helps the body to stay well hydrated.
2.) It energizes and vitalizes the brain cells due to the presence of ample amounts of carbohydrates in it.
3.) Bael fruit is helpful in treating as well as preventing hypertension as it contains 600 mg to potassium per 100 grams. Potassium helps in preventing the hardening of arteries and helps in maintaining optimum health of the arteries.
4.) It helps in strengthening teeth, bones, and prevents osteoporosis. Bael fruit contains 85 mg calcium per 100 grams of the fruit; therefore, it supplies calcium in good amounts to the body.
5.) Bael fruit is rich in several essential micronutrients. It contains good amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin B complex and vitamin C.
6.) Bael fruit is a powerhouse of antioxidants, it contains high amounts of phytochemicals such as flavonoids, making it a potent fruit against heart and liver ailments.
7.) Bael fruit helps in the management of diarrhea and cholera due to its anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.
8.) Bael fruit has a low glycemic index and is therefore good for people with diabetes.
9.) Regular consumption of bael juice provides relief from constipation.
10.) Bael fruit is rich in antioxidants, regular consumption of its sharbat, juice or the fruit also aids in blood purification and prevents the body for oxidative stress.
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