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Thursday 31 May 2018

Health Benefits of Fennel Seeds

Health Benefits of Fennel  Seeds

Fennel has been used as a culinary and medicinal herb since the times of the ancient Greeks.   Historically it's used for those who have trouble with digestion,  gas, belching and bloating.

Here are the health benefits of Fennel Seeds:

1.  Digestive Aid:

Fennel seeds are good as a medicinal herb in the kitchen,  it is particularly  helpful in cases of digestive upset,  it helps calm the digestive tract.

2.  Reduces Bad breath

Due to the presence of antibacterial  properties in the seed, fennel is able to deal with bacteria  in the mouth that cause bad breath.

3.  Source of  Calcium and Iron:

Surprisingly, this low calorie seed contains important minerals like calcium and Iron.   Calcium helps with bone density  while the presence of iron helps in boosting circulation.

4. High in Antioxidants:

Fennel seeds is known for its high antioxidant content, which makes it a good boost against tumours and cancers.   It also helps fight inflammation.   The oil from the seed gives relief to sufferers of arthritis  and other related ailments.

5.  Kills Intestinal  Parasites:

Fennel seeds helps reduce the load of parasites that feed on the food we eat,  it kills a good number of these bacteria leaving us with a stronger immune system.

6.  Cleanses Blood: 

It is a natural blood cleanser.  I this way,  it helps the liver and kidney work better.  When there is overload of toxins in the body,  the key organs such as liver,  kidney,  spleen,  pancreas are over laboured,  foods like fennel  are helpful I. Helping reduce this toxic overload.

7.  Heart Health: 

The absence of fats and cholesterol, with added minerals makes the seed a friend of our hearts,  it will not be wrong to say that it will  have a cholesterol  lowering effect.

8.  Helps with Respiratory Issues:

Gargling  fennel tea in the morning can help people with respiratory  and bronchial  issues.   Thanks to the antibacterial power of fennel seeds.   Crush about one teaspoon  of the tea and pour in a cup of freshly boiled water and allow to brew for about 7 to 10 minutes and drink.   Adding honey will add taste,  but that is optional.  It also have positive effect on sore throat  and asthma symptoms by cleaning up congestion and excess phlegm.

9. Enhances Women's Health

Fennel seeds have the ability to boost/ libido and also enhance milk production.   It also contains enstrogen that aids digestion in the case of women,  it also relieves hiccups.

10.  Burns Fat

Its ability to ease digestion discouraged storage  of fat.   Therefore,  those aiming to loose weight  can add fennel seeds as part of their fat burning plan,  especially after a heavy meal.

In spite of these benefits,  it is important to consult with your doctor if you are on medication before consuming fennel seeds.   Those who suffer stomach ulcer should be cautious in taking fennel seeds.   I have also noticed that taking the tea is best in the morning,  because it affects sleep if taken at night due to the continuous  production of stomach acids for digestion making uninterrupted sleep difficult.



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