The sacred bael is a marvelous gift to the world of medicine. Maybe because of its miraculous healing power that it has garnered an important stature in the holy rituals. It is a common Indian fruit often cited at the temple gardens, the bael has much more to offer than being an appetizer.
Going back to history when medicines were not synthesized and doctors were not qualified; people still survived sicknesses and indeed lived a healthier life. The air was fresh, water pure and the diet filled with rich nutrients, it was the diet that cured most of the illnesses and the wise sages of that time observed this pattern very closely to pen down some awesome blend of natural substances that worked as potent medicines which are used even today.
Bael is highly appreciated from ancient time for its soothing properties. It is considered as an esteemed digestive tonic. It aids in digestion, cures ulcers, maintains gut balance, clears bowel movements, relieves pain and abdominal cramps and the list goes on to encompass a huge chunk of benefits.
What is irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the colon and the large intestine. It is characterized by symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, gas, altered bowel habits, food intolerance, and bloating.
Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The most probable causes of IBS are suspected to be:
- Muscle contractions in the intestine.
- Nervous system.
- Infection of the digestive system
- An imbalance in the gut fauna
Bael for irritable bowel syndrome
Bael is a superb gift of the plant kingdom to man. High in potassium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, vitamins such as vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin C, it is an extremely healthy fruit for consumption.
Bael is blessed with many health-promoting compounds including steroids, terpenoids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, tannins, alkaloids, and saponins. These antioxidants protect the inner intestinal lining against damage and inflammation. Tannins have a very strong free radical scavenging property and acts as a primary antioxidant that helps in curing peptic ulcers and piles.
Bael is used for the treatment of various diseases and disorders due to the presence of phytochemicals in it.
Balancing Gut Fauna
The rich nutrients of bael help in maintaining the gut fauna thereby eradicating the troubles related to irritable bowel syndrome.
The pulpy fruit is rich in laxative properties that smoothens bowel movements and aids in constipation.
The antifungal and anti-parasitic properties of the fruit help in keeping the body healthy. It is also potent in destroying worms in the intestine thereby protecting it against infections which might lead to IBS. It is also effective in controlling diarrhea-causing microorganisms and their toxic effects on the intestines.
It also acts as a detoxifier that removes the toxins from the body.
Soothes symptoms of IBS
The cool juicy fruit helps in relaxing cramps and abdominal pain as it releases the blocked gases from the system.