The Health Benefits of Fennel

Fennel is a common spice in Asian dishes. It contains natural estrogens and flavonoids which is also called as phytoestrogens. These compounds play an important role as estrogen in the human body although the activity is not as effective as testrogen. The amount of these compounds are tiny so they can ensure that they’re absolutely harmless and non-toxic. Studies have convinced that phytoestrogens have a balanced effect to maintain female hormone levels. So, it can be used to prevent the excess amount of estrogen (e.g menstrual syndrome) and regulate the lack of estrogen (e.g., menopause and abnormal menstrual period). In addition, this herb can play an important role to maintain a healthy vascular system.


Because of its high flavonoids content and the natural adjustment of the balance hormone, fennel is traditionally used to increase breast milk for breast feeding women. Amount all the plants containing phytoestrogens, fennel is one of the popular plant because of its effect to keep female hormone balance. It can make the breast grow naturally and become solid and firm. Moreover, phytoestrogens can also protect the breast from overestrogen and cancer. For example, in the 19th century, it was widely used in France and the southern Italian medical school of Salerno to stimulate breast milk. In addition to its medical features, it is also commonly used in cuisine especially dishes containing meat. The fennel can make wine taste better by eliminating gastrointestinal and diuresis. The fennel mixing with green clay is a good addition to the toothpaste having the effect to freshen and solidify the gum.


The ancient Romans also like the fennel because it is believed to be able to control obesity. Even the Greek word for fennel comes from the word “maraino” which has a meaning “thin”. After knowing that fennel seeds may slightly inhibit the appetite, the trust of dieting gradually diminished. The pilgrims usually eat fennel seeds on fasting day to avoid hunger. In the middle ages, the fennel is one of the nine sacred herbs that can treat diseases. It is also used as a ward off evil. This is why it is stuffed into a lock and hung in the doorway during the middle of summer.

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