Health Benefits of Fennel

Writing this blog from Perth. Presenting a seminar tomorrow on nutrition. Had a great day today in Perth catching up with a friend. Very excited about tomorrow.

Fennel has numerous health benefits, such as antioxidant, cytoprotective, hepatoprotective, hypoglycaemic, and oestrogenic activities. It is a traditional and popular herb with a long history of use as a medicine. Fennel is an ancient seasonal herb. The fennel plant originated in the southern Mediterranean region and through naturalization and cultivation it grows wild throughout the Northern, Eastern, and Western hemispheres, specifically in Asia, North America, and Europe. Fennel has been extensively used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments. Fennel is used in various traditional systems of medicine like in the Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, in the Indian, and Iranian traditional systems of medicine.

Fennel is used in many parts of the world for the treatment of a number of diseases. Such conditions include abdominal pains, as an antiemetic, aperitif, arthritis, colic in children, conjunctivitis, constipation, as an depurative, diarrhoea, as an emmenagogue, fever, flatulence, gastralgia, gastritis, insomnia, irritable bowel, kidney ailments, as a laxative, liver pain, mouth ulcer, and stomachache.

Fennel possess a range of pharmacological actions (in-vitro and animal studies), such as anti-ageing, anti-allergic, anticolitic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral, antimutagenic, antinociceptive, antipyretic, antispasmodic, antistress, antithrombotic, anxiolytic, apoptotic, cardiovascular, chemomodulatory action, cytoprotection, cytotoxicity, diuretic, expectorant, galactogenic, gastrointestinal effect, hepatoprotective, human liver cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitory, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, memory-enhancing property, nootropic, oculohypotensive activities, and oestrogenic properties supporting its traditional use.

My thoughts: a very useful multipurpose herb. Has great benefits for reducing bloating.

Badgujar SB et al. Foeniculum vulgare Mill: a review of its botany, phytochemistry, pharmacology, contemporary application, and toxicology. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: 842674.

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