What Are The Health Benefits Of Fennel

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 The list containing the health benefits of fennel is going to be longer than that of the cardamom's. The scientific name of fennel is Foeniculum vulgare. Yep, a vulgar name for such an awesome herb. LOL! Fennel is a native to the Mediterranean region and to the Southeast Asia. During the Middle Ages in Europe, fennel was grown in the Christian monasteries. The monks used to eat them during religious fasts as it helped to suppress their appetites for longer periods of time. Besides, the monks were also kept awake by fennel in times of need. I bet that they would have fallen asleep during the long sermons in the church. God knows that I have fallen asleep during sermons in the church. I wish someone had told me that one of the health benefits of fennel was wakefulness. LOL! And on that wakeful note, let me see what are the health benefits of fennel.


 

                                                                                   


One of the main health benefits of fennel is the fact that it is excellent for digestion. It helps to relieve constipation, indigestion, gas and nausea. It is also very good for your liver, kidneys and spleen as fennel is a natural detoxification agent. And like cardamom, it is a natural diuretic too. It helps in the smooth flow of urine and reduces the fluid retention in the body.


                                                                                           


In women, fennel helps to regulate menstrual periods. In nursing mothers, it helps in the production breast milk. It also helps your libido to become better. However, if you are pregnant, stay away from fennel as it is uterine stimulant. If you aren't already making frequent trips to the loo, you will only double yiour trips. Whether you are pregnant or not; whether you are a woman or a man; an excess of fennel will prove to be a hallucinogenic. So, don't try anything funny with fennel, 'cos it might just mess with your head.


                                                                                           
Now, fennel has a type of aromatic compound known as Anethole. The researchers at the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee in Food Additives (JECFA) found out that anethol has several useful pharmacologic properties. It helps in lowering the body temperature. It also has analgesic, hypnotic and anticonvulsant properties. The Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) in humans seems to shut down when fennel is consumed. TNF is a multifunctional cytokine which affects the lipid metabolism, insulin resistance, blood coagulation and the endothelial cell functions. When the TNF action is blocked, the risks of inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis are reduced.


                                                                                             


Like I said, the health benefits of fennel are many. I have only listed a part of fennel benefits. There might be a blog no.2 on fennel benefits. So watch out!


                                                                                              


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