Often placed near the exit of an Indian restaurant is a tray of small colored candy. These are coated fennel seeds. They have a sweet, almost licorice like taste. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal is a common practice in India. They aid in digestion and also freshen the breath. Known in Hindi as saunf, fennel is often used in Indian recipes. Fennel is a member of the parsley family and its scientific name is Foeniculum vulgare.
Historically, fennel has been utilized for treating indigestion, constipation, respiratory issues, eye problems, colic, menstrual disorders, anemia, diarrhea and flatulence. Fennel contains a variety of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Fennel seeds are a good source of vitamins B-3 & C, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron.
In addition to its popular use as a breath freshener, it helps relieve a number of ailments and facilitates better health due to its stomachic, carminative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, expectorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, depurative, anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties.
It contains vitamin C, potassium, manganese, iron, folate, and fiber. It is also rich in phytonutrients and has a high concentration of volatile oils.
You can enjoy the health benefits of this licorice-tasting herb by sprinkling it on breads or cakes before baking, adding it in fruit salads, adding fresh fennel roots in sautéed vegetables, or simply chewing fennel seeds after meals.
1. Beats Bad Breath
2. Aids Digestion
3. Relieves Water Retention
4. Reduces Obesity
5. Protects Against Cancers
6. Relieves Menstrual Problems
7. Treats Respiratory Illnesses
8. Prevents Cardiac Problems
9. Promotes Eye Health
10. Improves Memory and Brain Function
A heavy meal or excess consumption of oily foods makes the digestion sluggish. We feel heaviness and bloating of stomach. Chewing fennel seeds in these conditions gives a very good relief. These seeds improve appetite and set right digestion. They are very useful in flatulence and bloating which occur due to indigestion.Too much of oily foods, spices and travel may cause nausea and vomiting. When saunf seeds are chewed they help to prevent nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. Hence carry a small bottle of fennel seeds whenever you go out.