The wood apple, also known as bael fruit or elephant apple, is a fruit that is native to the dry areas of India. The wood apple tree is among the most common and most religious trees in India. According to the American Chronicle website, all components of the wood apple tree can promote significant health benefits. The roots, fruit and leaves of the wood apple tree all have medicinal benefits.
According to Pee Pee Agri and Food Products, a distributor of fruits and vegetables located in Chennai, India, consumption of the fruit of the wood apple tree promotes health benefits to the digestive tract. The wood apple fruit also purportedly aids in ridding worms from the digestive tract and acts as a treatment for digestive disorders such as dysentery. The wood apple fruit is also beneficial in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease, the company notes. The trunk and branches of the wood apple tree contain a substance called feronia gum, which the company claims is beneficial as a treatment for diarrhea.
Extracts from the wood apple have glucose-lowering effects, which could aid in the treatment of diabetes, according to a study published in the August 2008 issue of the "Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources." The study, which examined the effects of 95 percent ethanolic extract from the unripe fruit of the wood apple tree on diabetic male albino rats, revealed significantly lower glucose levels in the rats. Further clinical evidence is necessary, however, to determine the effects of wood apple on diabetes in the human population.
According to HomeRemediesGuide.com, the leaves of the wood apple tree have properties beneficial to the male reproductive system. Consumption of a powder that is made from the dried leaves of a wood apple tree, which are then mixed with an equal part of sugar, is effective in treating male reproductive conditions such as impotence and premature ejaculation.
According to Pee Pee Agri and Food Products, the leaves of the wood apple tree have demonstrated effectiveness in treating certain respiratory disorders. Consumption of the leaves of a wood apple tree may protect against repeated colds and respiratory infections. In addition, ingestion of these leaves can protect against sore throats and chronic coughs, the company claims.
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- Pee Pee Agri and Food Products: About Wood Apple
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- "Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources"; Effect of Ethanolic Extract of Feronia Elephantum Correa Fruits on Blood Glucose Levels in Normal and Streptozotocin Induced-Diabetic Rats; Rahul Gupta et al.; August 2008