Jan 9, 2011


Fennel seeds (sauf) have been used to treat digestive ailments since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

It has been shown to relieve intestinal spasms and cramping in the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract, which helps relieve uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms.

The herb have a mild estrogenic effect is traditionally been used to treat conditions associated hormonal imbalance in women, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, low milk production.

It is also included in some herbal formulas that claim to promote natural breast enhancement.

Recent studies have found that consumption of fennel can increase the production of bile and may also possess diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial activities.

Fennel helps eliminate the common cold and reduce the bouts of cough due to its expectorant nature (contains big quantity of alpha-pinen). The steam resulting from the boiling of the fennel leaves in water alleviates asthma and bronchitis.

Fennel has repute as an appetite suppressant and promoter of weight-loss.

The vitamin C from the bulb of the plant is antimicrobial and very useful to the immune system.

The fennel bulb is an important source of fibers which help reduce the cholesterol level.

The fibers from this herb can prevent intestinal cancer owing to the fact that they can eliminate toxins and cancerous substances from intestines.

It is also helpful for ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, water retention, anxiety, and depression.

The herb is rich in potassium - an essential mineral which helps decrease the high blood pressure that can cause a heart attack.

The fennel mixture is used to sharpen the eyesight and alleviate eye irritations.

Other nutrients include folate, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B3, molybdenum and copper.

How to consume?

Fennel seeds may be chewed upon after every meal or had as a tea decoction for beneficial effects upon the stomach.

Note: Fennel seeds are not recommended for pregnant women. It does not cause any side effects if it is used in meals.

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