Fennel – The Aromatic Spice

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Fennel
Fennel

Fennel, popularly known as saunf in Hindi, is a sweet-smelling herb belonging to the parsley family. Although used as a spice, it possesses a sweet taste that is similar to anise. There is evidence in literary works that Roman warriors chewed fennel seeds for strength. Talking about our own country India, this crucial ingredient is used both as a spice for beverages and vegetable preparations and as a post-meal digestive relief and sustenance. Fennel leaves are also used in curries in many parts of India.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database ran a survey. According to them, one raw fennel bulb weighing 234 grams (g) contains 73 calories, 47 g of fat, 9 g of protein, 17 g of carbohydrate, 3 g of nutritional fiber and no cholesterol.

Fennel seeds
Fennel seeds

A cup of fennel also provides 360 mg of potassium, 45 mg of sodium, 838 IU of vitamin A, 43 mg of calcium, 10.4 mg of vitamin C, 0.64 mg of iron, 0.041 mg of vitamin B6 and 15 mg of magnesium. As well as these, fennel delivers high levels of dietary nitrates and is a natural source of estrogen.

Health Benefits:

  • A) Chewing on fennel seeds aids in growing the nitrite content in saliva, making it a great ordinary way to keep a tab on blood pressure levels.
  • B) Consumption of fennel tea regularly helps level out excess fluids, removes toxins and diminishes the risk of urinary tract difficulties.
  • C) The tea is considered very beneficial to help indigestion, bloating and constipation because of the oils found in these seeds.
  • D) Fennel seeds and their phytonutrients aid in clearing sinuses.
  • E) They also help in blood purification and clear eyesight.
  • F) It is a great way to clear off the acne problem and also has a benefit in keeping cancer away.

Thus, to conclude, as Ayurveda says, these seeds clear the three Trodoshas i.e. Vaata, Pitta and Kapha. So, the consumption of these seeds has a cooling effect on our bodies.

Fennel tea

As a daily supplement in a regular diet, fennel can be used in tea as well as the curries or vegetables made at home. Fennel seeds can also be chewed normally but are usually done after a meal as a sort of refreshment. Thus, Fennel is beneficial in numerous ways and its inclusion in diet can definitely throw great results.