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Fennel – Health Benefits

April 13, 2011

Health Benefits of Fennel

The anecdotal and clinical health benefits of fennel suggest that it can be used to treat anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders, and eye care, amongst others.

Apart from these uses of fennel, there are numerous medicinal uses and health benefits, mainly due to the components of its essential oils.  Fennel is a key component in the InnOrbit infusions Slim &Fit and Calm&Relax.

Summary of Health Benefits of Fennel:

  • Anaemia:

Iron, is found in fennel, and is helpful in treatment of anemia.  Iron is the chief constituent of haemoglobin, and Histidine stimulates production of haemoglobin and also helps forming other components of blood.  Link

  • Indigestion:

It is a common practice, particularly in Indian Subcontinent, to chew fennel seeds after meals. This is done to facilitate digestion and to keep bad breath away. Some of the components of the essential oils in fennel are stimulants and stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices, & facilitate proper absorption of nutrients from the food.  Link

  • Respiratory Disorders:

Fennel is useful in respiratory disorders such congestion, bronchitis, cough etc. due to presence of Cineole and Anetol which are natural expectorants, among their many other properties: Link

  • Other Benefits:

Fennel is an antioxidant, diuretic, thereby helping removal of toxic substances from the body and helping in rheumatism, swelling etc.  It is said to strengthen hair, relax the body, sharpen memory (see this article on Green tea and brain function) and has a cooling effect in summer if drunk as a cold infusion.

Links: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

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