Fennel has many health benefits but it’s probably more known as an ingredient to enhance the taste of food while cooking in the kitchen.
Here is my take of the best health benefits of fennel that I’ve collected online.
1. Fennel Is Rich In Nutrients
The fennel bulb is a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. It’s also rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and sodium.
Although in small amounts, fennel still contains B-vitamins, beta carotene, flavonols, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin K, and zinc.
2. Is A Very Good Source Of Vitamin C
A bulb of fennel contains almost 20% of your daily requirement of vitamin C.
Here are some of the things vitamin C can do for you:
- Improves your immune system.
- Repairs skin tissues.
- It helps form collagen.
- Protects the blood vessel walls.
3. Fennel Improves Skin Health
Fennel helps reduce free radical damage that leads to premature aging. This is because of its antioxidants, primarily its vitamin C content.
The formation of collagen is key to your skin aging slowly.
4. Improves Hair Health
The antioxidants and antimicrobial properties of fennel help in treating different kinds of hair issues.
If you have hair problems like dandruff, hair breakage, hair fall, or scalp itchiness, you may want to try and use fennel for these.
You can apply fennel topically on your hair and scalp by grinding fennel into a powder and mixing it with just water or better yet, apple cider vinegar.
5. Fennel Is Also A Good Source Of Antioxidants
Fennel essential oil contains polyphenol antioxidants such as apigenin, chlorogenic acid, quercetin, and rosmarinic acid.
If you have a diet that’s rich in antioxidants, you may have a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, obesity, or type 2 diabetes.
6. May Help Fight Cancer
The number of antioxidants and compounds in fennel may help you against chronic diseases such as certain cancers.
Anethole is one active compound in fennel and it has been seen to have cancer-fighting properties.
There is a lot of promising research and studies but it still needs to be looked into more.
7. Fennel Boosts Immunity
Fennel is rich in different kinds of nutrients, especially vitamin C.
These nutrients have many effects in your body but one that’s certain is that it can boost your immune system to help you fight those common diseases.
8. Helps Prevent Anemia
2 key components in preventing anemia are present in fennel. It is iron and histidine.
Iron is the main constituent of hemoglobin while histidine stimulates the production of hemoglobin.
9. Fennel Helps With Digestion
People in India have for years use fennel seeds to help in digesting food. They would usually chew on fennel seeds after eating their meals.
It’s been said that fennel encourages the secretion of digestive juice that helps in digestion and the proper absorption of nutrients.
It relieves certain digestive problems like bloating, constipation, colic, flatulence, heartburn, indigestion, and intestinal gas.
10. Fights Bad Breath
If you’ve just eaten something odorous, you may want to chew some fennel seeds. This can help you reduce or remove bad breath.
Fennel’s antibacterial properties also fight the germs that cause bad breath.
11. Fennel Treats Constipation
Fennel seeds are known in ayurvedic medicine to be a good laxative agent.
It affects the intestines so that there is proper peristaltic motion which helps in excreting poop.
12. Reduces The Risk Of Having Heart Diseases.
Because fennel is high in fiber, it’s good for the heart. It helps in maintaining a good level of cholesterol in your blood.
A good balance of cholesterol levels will mean that you’re a low risk in terms of having heart diseases and strokes.
13. Fennel Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
As mentioned earlier, fennel is a good source of potassium. Potassium is a vasodilator. This just means that potassium is able to relax the tension of the blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.
14. Aids In Menstrual Issues
Fennel is also good if you’re having problems every time you’re in your menstrual period.
It is a good emmenagogue. Fennel can help regulate menstruation.
It is also traditionally used to relieve some of the pain for menopausal women.
15. Fennel May Help You Lose Weight
Drinking fennel tea helps in reducing water retention.
It can also boost your metabolism to burn fat faster. The vitamin B6 in fennel breaks down carbohydrates and proteins into glucose and amino acids to give you a boost of energy.
It even suppresses your appetite.
Consuming neem leaves is also a great way to shed some of those pounds. I have another article here on neem’s health benefits that you may want to check also.
16. Improves Bone Health
The calcium content in fennel makes it a good option to consume if you want to have better bone health.
The magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin K which are also present in fennel also contributes to maintaining your bone strength.
17. Fennel Helps Keep Your Liver Healthy
We’ve mentioned a lot of nutrients and helpful compounds you can find in fennel. Another one is selenium. It is an essential mineral that can improve the function of liver enzymes.
There are studies that show fennel seeds seem to inhibit the growth of liver cancer cells. It also stimulates the activity of antioxidants in your liver.
18. Relieves Morning Sickness
Drinking fennel tea or chewing fennel seeds in the morning may help you calm your stomach and is a good relief for morning sickness.
Fennel prevents stomach gas and stimulates its release. It is very helpful if you have issues like flatulence or intestinal gas.
19. Fennel Improves Brain Health
Researches have shown that fennel helps improve cognitive performance.
The potassium content in fennel increases electrical conduction throughout your body. In effect, it promotes healthy brain functioning.
There you have it. Fennel looks like it’s a superfood as well because of the many health benefits you can get from it.
I didn’t notice much use of fennel for my arthritis but some articles suggest that it’s a good anti-inflammatory source.
If I’m going to consume fennel, I will probably go for its antioxidant content. I’m a big fan of foods that contain a good amount of antioxidants. How about you?
Please make sure to talk to your doctor first or medical professional to check if you can consume fennel or not. It is always better to be safe.
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