Every time you visit a restaurant and finish off your meal with ‘Saunf’ (fennel), you must feel refreshing. However, fennel is not just a mouth freshener. Fennel is an Indian staple herb with several health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, D and C, it can protect you from stomach-related illnesses. Not only that, but fennel seeds are also a rich source of minerals like copper, zinc, potassium, iron and magnesium that can keep you overall healthy. During summers, many people quench their thirst with fennel water which also provides the following shared benefits.
Boost skin health: Fennel water has been in use since ancient times due to its antimicrobial properties. Antioxidants present in fennel fight with the free radicals that attack healthy skin. It revitalises and adds shine to the skin. It also helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Drinking fennel on an empty stomach can help you get free from dull and tired skin.
Maintain blood pressure: Fennel consumption provides potassium to the body that naturally controls the acid-base balance. It regulates the heart rate and dilates the blood vessels which in combination contribute to maintaining blood pressure. Some experts say chewing fennel seeds stimulates the release of nitrite. It is a natural remedy that helps to regulate blood pressure.
Improves fertility: According to Health shot, a health website, fennel seeds, being rich in phytoestrogens which mimic the female hormone oestrogen, helps in stimulating and regulating the menstrual cycle. This can have a direct impact on fertility.
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Improves eyesight: Being a rich source of vitamin A, fennel water can also keep your eyesight healthy. It is said that the anethole found in fennel seeds is the main compound. That helps to improve the protein content of the lens and slows down the progression of cataracts. With this, it also protects your eyes from getting tired, inflammation and watery eyes.
Good for bone health: Fennel water is considered an anti-osteoporotic in nature. The presence of phytoestrogens in fennel works as the hormone oestrogen, which prevents the risk of bone fracture. Drinking fennel water every day is also a good source of calcium and phosphorus that fortifies the bones. Therefore fennel is also considered anti-osteopathic.
Helps in the production of breast milk: The similar compound anethole that is good for bones also increases breast milk production. The anethole has natural galactagogue properties. These functions are similar to oestrogen hormone which increases breast milk production.
Promotes weight loss: Fennel is offered after the meal also because it promotes digestive health. The antispasmodic and carminative effects of fennel seed water help to improve the conditions such as heartburn, bloating and conditions like IBS. The high amount of fibre present in fennel improves bowel movement. Fennel seeds also work as antacids.
Here are some easy ways of consuming fennel water:
You can boil fennel seeds and water for 5 to 7 minutes on medium flame. Enjoy it in the morning on an empty stomach.
You can also have it as a chilled drink in the summers.
If you are not fond of drinking fennel water, eating fennel seeds can also help. Add them to your sweet dishes like gujiya, halwa and kheer.
One can also sprinkle some fennel powder on salads.