Try bael or wood apple this summer for these 9 health benefits!

Published on: 26 May 2022, 13:40 pm IST

Wood apple or bael is a summer fruit! Here are 8 reasons why you should definitely try this superfood this season!

Aayushi Gupta
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It's the season for wood apples! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Wood apple! Some of you may have noshed on this sour fruit before, while others may be hearing the term for the first time. Those who are unfamiliar with it should know that it is one of the fruits that you must consume this summer. Wood apple, also known as bael, is incredibly healthy and should be everyone’s summer go-to superfood. What’s more? Because it is rich in several vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients, every part of the wood apple is fruitful and beneficial to the body.

What’s a wood apple or bael?

The wood apple is a popular fruit that is widely grown in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It has a banana pudding-like core with dark brown pulp and sticky, hairy seeds. Because of its distinctive sour flavor, it is a popular ingredient in jams and chutneys.

Wood apples are loved not only for their delicious flavor but also for their nutritious value. Hari Lakshmi, Consultant – Dietitian/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospitals, Chennai, spoke to Health Shots about the health benefits of bael fruit.

Lakshmi says, “The wood apple is one such fruit that has several health advantages. The fruit, also known as bael in India’s Northern belt, is nothing short of a blessing since it is said to be particularly helpful against sunstroke and other summer-related health conditions. Every portion of a wood apple is edible and beneficial to the body, and it is high in vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients.”

8 health benefits of bael fruit or wood apple

1. Boosts energy

Wood apple is thought to be effective in preventing sunstroke and other summer-related illnesses. It boosts energy and helps you stay active in the summer heat.

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To boost energy try wood apple. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Treats piles and ulcers

Bael iincludes tannic and phenolic components that are high in antioxidants and hence beneficial in the treatment of piles and ulcers. It also aids in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, and other digestive problems.

3. Supports digestive health

Wood apple juice has a number of advantages for the stomach and digestive system. It aids in the treatment of digestive issues such as dysentery and diarrhoea.

4. Cleanses your body

Bael contains the chemicals riboflavin and thiamine, which help to cleanse the body. Its juice helps to prevent renal disease and keeps the intestines healthy.

5. Prevents respiratory ailments

Because of their expectorant characteristics, bael is thought to be beneficial for a variety of respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, and sore throats.

6. Reduces the risk of infection

It boosts resistance to viral, fungal, and bacterial infections.

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Urinary track infection can be very cumbersome. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. Aids in weight loss

Due to its high fiber content, it has laxative qualities and so aids in the natural management of constipation and indigestion.

8. Helps to manage diabetes

By controlling the flow of carbohydrates in the circulation, bael slows the progression of diabetes. It also serves a crucial function in preventing life-threatening sugar surges.

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