8 Health Benefits of Fennel Seeds
Last updated on September 3, 2012
Fennel seeds are the edible seeds of the fennel plant. They taste similar to licorice, are often used as a culinary spice, and can also be eaten or chewed raw. Here are 8 health benefits of fennel seeds:
The antioxidants in fennel seeds can help reduce cancer risk associated with free radical damage to cells and DNA. They also work alongside fiber to cleanse the colon and protect from colorectal cancer.
High In Antioxidants
Fennel seeds are high in the antioxidant group known as flavonoids. Studies have found that flavonoids are effective combatants of free radical damage to cells in the body, a known cause of many different types of cancer. Flavonoids can also help reduce oxidative stress to the cardiovascular system and protect from neurological disease.
Some studies suggest that the antioxidants in fennel seeds have anti-inflammatory properties. They may be an effective treatment for arthritis and Crohn’s disease, however more research is still needed to confirm these reports.
High In Fiber
Just 100 grams of fennel seeds provides over 150% the DV of dietary fiber. Fiber helps balance the metabolism, aids in digestion and cleanses the colon.
Maintaining the recommended DV of fiber can help prevent constipation, cleanse the body’s digestive system, and aid the stomach in the formation of bile and other digestive juices. Chewing fennel seeds after meals is believed to be a great way to aid in digestion.
High In Calcium
100 grams of fennel seeds provide 120% of the DV of calcium. Calcium is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and bones and may also provide cardiovascular support.
High In Iron
100 grams of fennel seeds provide 100% of the DV of iron. Iron is essential for muscle function, brain function and the formation of hemoglobin. Irion deficiency can lead to severe body fatigue and conditions such as anemia.
Some reports claim that chewing fennel seed may help to reduce the symptoms of asthma, clear sinuses, and stabilize breathing. More research is needed to confirm the connection between fennel and healthy breathing.