Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Small Fennel Seeds have Big Health Benefits

Are you acquainted with how fennel seeds are beneficial for a healthy body? Fennel seed represents longevity, strength and courage. As well, fennel seeds have so many herbal properties which are beneficial for health of all. Fennel is an edible herb, bearing the scientific name Foeniculum Vulgare. Though fennel is popular culinary herb, it has number of other properties which make it a superb herbal remedy for many health problems. All parts of the fennel, including leaves, bulb, stalk and seeds are used in herbal medicines. Fennel seeds are used as spice in cooking. It provides sweet licorice taste to the food. Fennel seeds have fragrant odor and are widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, desserts, antacids, toothpastes and in culinary.
Small Fennel Seeds have Big Health Benefits

Fennel seeds are good source of many minerals and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B3, manganese, fibers, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, etc. As well, the seeds contain a variety of phytonutrients and phytoestrogens like fenchone, caretenoids, flavonoids, anethole and camphene. Due to presence of these elements, fennel seeds are used to treat bloating, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, hypertension, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), low milk production in nursing women, low libido, hormonal imbalance, bad breath, bruises, eyesight decline, colic in babies, chronic coughs and sinus congestion.
The fibers contained in the fennel seeds help to prevent the intestinal cancer as they remove cancerous substances and toxins from the intestines. Though fennels seeds are safe to eat, the fat extracted from the fennel seeds was confirmed to be poisonous even in minute quantities - leading to breathing problems, skin rashes and nausea.

Fennel Seeds as Herb

Herb for Brain Related Diseases
Fennel seeds are very beneficial for brain related diseases. Many people have a problem of dementia, memory loss. The disease has no cure but multiple treatments are available which slows the impact of the disease. According to the Indian researchers, fennel seeds have property to enhance cognitive performance.

For Digestive Problems
Fennel seeds are good source of phytoestrogens which help to treat stomach upsets, irritable bowel syndrome, colic and other stomach disorders. They are also helpful to treat bloating, flatulence and indigestion.

Herb of sight
When raw fennel seeds are consumed daily, they keep one’s vision healthy. Also, they help to keep away from the glaucoma problem. Some recent researches have shown that fennel seeds have potential to cure glaucoma.

Women and Fennel
For those women, who are suffering from PMS symptoms, fennel seeds are best remedy as it treats menstrual-related pain (dysmenorrhoea). Fennel seeds also have galactagogue property which means it promotes production and secretion of milk in lactating mothers. As well, the milk has some properties of fennel which acts as anti flatulent for the baby. If your breast-fed child has problems of indigestion or colic, then boil 2 tbsp fennel powder with 200gm water and cool it. Give this water two to three times in a day to your child for treating the problem.

Purifies the Blood
By consuming the raw fennel seeds daily in the morning as well as in evening, blood remains purified and your skin remains healthy. Fennel seeds contain essential oil which acts as detoxifier and purifies blood. In fact, it helps blood to dispose of blood uric acid, urea and certain unnecessary hormones, which are the prime toxins for the body.

Respiratory Disorders
Fennel seeds are an effective remedy for respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, congestion, cough, etc. as they contain Anethol and Cineole which have expectorant properties.

Other Health Benefits

Consumption of fennel seeds prevent hair fall, strengthens hair, sharpens memory, relaxes body and has an amazing cooling effect in summer if the fennel sharbat (pale greenish-yellow water in which fennel seeds are soaked) is taken with a bit of black-salt and sugar. Also, fennel acts as diuretic; it raises amount and frequency of urination, thereby helps to eliminate toxic substances from the body. It also helps in rheumatism and swelling.


for the seems to help with bile production and the digestion of fats for me.....great rejuvenator !!!

How is Fennel used for treating stomach discomfort?

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