The health benefits of fennel

The health benefits of fennel
Top health benefits of fennel. Unfairly shunned, fennel is a very healthy vegetable that deserves its place in your diet—the point of its multiple health virtues.
Fennel a vegetable with an aniseed taste, fennel is not always appreciated. However, it has interesting health benefits, especially for digestion or during breastfeeding (in the form of seeds). Discovery and instructions. Fennel is part of the Umbelliferae, a leaf vegetable and not a bulb, as one might think if one refers to its shape. This late-winter and early-spring vegetable with a subtle anise scent is said to originate from the Mediterranean basin.

What are the benefits of fennel?

What are the benefits of fennel?

Not very popular, fennel is nevertheless a very healthy vegetable with many health benefits. Here is the (non-exhaustive!) list of its benefits:
  • It improves digestion by stimulating intestinal transit,
  • It fights against bloating and flatulence (carminative properties),
  • It is expectorant: in winter, it is used for colds or flu,
  • It contains phyto-oestrogens that regulate the menstrual cycle, and it has an action on menopausal disorders,
  • Its essential oil is used against an unknown disease that also affects women: hirsutism,
  • Rich in potassium, it fights against hypertension,
  • It reduces the cardiovascular risk and the risk of cancer,
  • During pregnancy, it contributes to the baby's proper development by providing essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Are you convinced? Please focus on the benefits of this vegetable that we consume too little!

Fennel to improve digestion

Not content with being low in calories, fennel is also very rich in fibre, making you feel quickly satiated. Perfect for keeping your figure but not only: these fibres also gently stimulate intestinal transit.
In addition, fennel has antispasmodic properties. It is also a carminative food: in other words, it prevents the formation of intestinal gas. Because of all these properties, fennel is often used to calm various digestive disorders such as bloating, stomach pain, flatulence, and colitis.
If you have trouble digesting, do not hesitate to infuse some dried fennel seeds in boiling water for ten minutes: you can drink 2 to 3 cups of this infusion per day between meals.
Note: traditionally, fennel is combined with verbena, lemon balm, chamomile and liquorice to prepare an infusion against infant colic.

Fennel against inflammation of respiratory disorders

Among the main health benefits of fennel are interesting antimicrobial and expectorant properties: perfect if your airways are congested during a cold or flu. It can be used as an infusion for digestive disorders.

Fennel against amenorrhea and menopausal disorders and to promote lactation

Fennel contains many phytoestrogens, substances with an action similar to those of estrogen hormones. Its consumption (in infusion or your meals) thus makes it possible to combat various disorders linked to an insufficient quantity of estrogens, such as amenorrhea (abnormal absence of menstruation) or even hot flashes of menopause. It also has a beneficial effect on lactation.

Fennel against hirsutism

We speak of hirsutism in the presence of significant hair growth in areas that are usually hairless in women. The problem comes from a hormonal imbalance: androgens ("male" hormones) are too high in quantity compared to estrogens ("female" hormones).
Due to its high content of phytoestrogens, fennel can become a very interesting ally in treating this disease: it is in particular possible to dilute a few drops of essential fennel oil in the body cream and apply it to the areas to be treated. Be careful, though: fennel essential oil is contraindicated in children and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In addition, its prolonged use on the skin can cause cutaneous photosensitization (the skin then reacts strongly in the event of exposure to the sun). Therefore, this essential oil should not be used without the advice and regular monitoring of a health professional.

Fennel against hypertension

Just like parsley, dried beans, over 70% dark chocolate, avocados or even spinach, fennel, eaten regularly, would prevent high blood pressure and even cardiovascular disease.
Indeed, 100 grams of this vegetable contains 405 mg of potassium. However, potassium acts as a diuretic because it excretes water and sodium—the WHO recommends a daily intake of 3510mg of potassium.

Fennel to fill up with vitamins and mineral salts

Fennel is a veritable cocktail of vitamins and mineral salts. In particular, it contains vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B9. The latter, also known as folic acid, is of paramount importance during pregnancy because it is directly involved in forming the cells that make up the baby's organs and tissues. Fennel also contains a lot of calcium and iron: all these nutrients perform essential functions in the body, making fennel a natural ally of your health.
The icing on the cake: this vegetable also has a high content of antioxidants, substances that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the appearance of certain cancers. So don't hesitate to invite fennel to your table regularly: steamed, en papillote or deliciously braised, it goes very well with a fish or meat dish. You can also eat it raw, in a mixed salad.

Fennel for breast enlargement

Fennel for breast enlargement

Whatever its form, the fennel you eat can affect the volume of your breasts. If you eat fennel morning, noon and evening at each meal, it will take you a long, long month (or even more) for your breasts to gain volume.
No, the solution with fennel is to consume it in capsules, in the form of a food supplement: faster, no constraints, no seasonal problems, capsules are available all year round! And above all, eating fennel three times a day it's still a bit of hell. Well, I think! Come on, and I'll tell you everything about this very fragrant plant and this very tasty vegetable (well, I love

Fennel, a plant that promotes lactation

Fennel is a botanical plant (Foeniculum) found under different names, sweet or bitter, and belongs to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. You can also find him under the names of Fennel and Xian Hui Xiang.
Fennel is rich in estrogen and is an excellent natural product for naturally increasing breast size for a long time.
The benefits of fennel are numerous because it is used to relieve nausea and vomiting in addition to increasing lactation and breast volume. Fennel reduces digestive problems after a heavy meal and prevents gas and 

What does fennel taste like?

When raw, fennel has a texture close to that of celery. Meanwhile, its aniseed taste is reminiscent of a well-known confectionery: black liquorice. We also think of the famous pastis! When cooked, fennel has a texture closer to onion: its aniseed flavour is then less pronounced, which allows bold combinations in the kitchen.

How to use it in the kitchen? Raw and finely sliced can be added to a mixed salad with a light vinaigrette and a few roasted cherry tomatoes for a healthy and slimming lunch. Cooked is prepared au gratin (possibly with a few potatoes and Gruyère cheese) or even braised, as in Provence! Perhaps more surprisingly: fennel goes well for dessert with bergamot, orange, ginger or even cardamom.

How to keep fennel?

In the fridge, raw and fresh fennel can only be kept for a few days. In the supermarket, we pay attention to its leaves and its bulb: if the first is very green and the second is white without scratches, the vegetable will keep even better. A little tip: to avoid unpleasant odours in the vegetable drawer, keep the fennel in an airtight glass box.
If you grow fennel in your garden, you should also know that it can be kept for up to two months in the cellar, provided you bury the bulb in the sand.

Did you know? Fennel can also be frozen! It is thinly sliced ​​and then blanched in a pan of boiling water with a pinch of salt for a few minutes before running it briefly under cold water. The fennel can then be kept in the freezer in an airtight bag for one month.

Fennel: focus on oral allergy syndrome

For most people, consuming fennel is safe. However, it can trigger oral allergy syndrome in people with allergies to specific plant proteins or pollens, especially birch pollen.
Generally, this syndrome only causes temporary sensations of itching and burning in the mouth and throat: although unpleasant, they are not severe. However, it can lead to dangerous anaphylactic shock in sporadic cases.
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