by The Welthi Bureau | 5th Feb, 2019
Some will probably remember this picture with nostalgia – the vendor with a basket perched on the back of his bicycle selling Ber Fruit outside the school, and children clustered around to buy handfuls with which they filled their pockets and snacked on through the day. Small wonder that those days children were actually healthier. That’s because Ber fruit has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and contains Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Pectin. Ber fruit is also high in Flavonoids and Bioflavonoids, which are essential for the absorption of Vitamin C, and which help to stimulate digestion, promote circulation and prevent allergies. Such a small fruit, and so power packed!
Ber fruit is also referred to as ‘Indian Jujube’. As it resembles a date, it is also known as ‘red date.The health benefits of the Ber are numerous, but we have listed just a few to enable you to know just what you should be snacking on.
Eat Ber for better sleep: Ber fruit or Jujubes were traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat Insomnia. Both the fruit and the seeds are rich in flavonoids, saponins and polysaccharides. Saponin has been regarded as a natural sleep promoter, as its sedative quality helps induce sleep by soothing the nervous system.
Chew Ber for Constipation Relief: A recent survey suggests that around 22% of Indians suffer from chronic constipation. A regular handful of Ber fruit could be the natural way to relieve constipation. It is the high quantity of fibre in the fruit that helps regulate bowel movements and digestion.
Beat Anxiety with Ber: Ber fruit has been proven to have a calming effect on the brain and nervous system. It also helps to relieve anxiety. In fact, the sedative effects of the fruit or the oil extract, is also known to work on hormonal levels to calm the mind and body.
Ber for Vitamin C : Ber fruit are rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants, and are particularly rich in Vitamin C which vitalises the skin, fights free radicals and strengthens the immune system. 100 gms of Ber has 69 milligrams of Vitamin C.
Regulate Blood Pressure with Ber: Ber fruit has a low salt content and a high potassium content, thereby serving well to regulate blood pressure levels. Foods that are rich in potassium manage high blood pressure because potassium reduces the effects of sodium. Hence the more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose through urine. Potassium also helps ease the tension in your blood vessel walls, which further lowers blood pressure.
However, Potassium can be harmful in patients with kidney disease, any condition that affects how the body handles potassium, or those who take certain medications. The decision of whether to take excess potassium should be discussed with your doctor.
Better Blood Circulation with Ber : Ber fruit is a rich source of Iron and Phosphorous, and helps regulate blood circulation as well. If you have been suffering with Anaemia, which leads to muscle weakness, fatigue, indigestion, light-headedness and cognitive problems, Ber not only increases blood flow, but also ensures smoother blood circulation
Ber for Bone Strength: Ber could potentially help strengthen your bones. This fruit is loaded with Calcium, Phosphorous and Iron which helps improve bone strength. People suffering from Osteoporosis and other bone conditions could eat Ber to manage the condition.
You are always advised to consult your doctor when you have a health problem. Eating Ber fruit is just a suggestion to help you naturally improve your health, in consultation with your Doctor.
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