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Fennel: Health Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects

  1. Fennel is a healthy vegetable. You can eat the tubers. The seeds of fennel are medicinal and contain ingredients that can help with dyspepsia (a disturbance in the digestive system with upset stomach), stomach and intestinal cramps, flatulence and bloating. In addition, fennel can be used both internally and externally for respiratory problems and coughs with a cold. The fennel seeds contain a medicinal essential oil (aetheroleum foeniculi). It contains, among other things, the sweet-tasting trans-anethole and the bitter-tasting fenchon. Other fennel seed ingredients are estragole, anisaldehyde, fat oil and flavonoids. These ingredients have an antispasmodic effect and promote the peristaltic movements of the gastrointestinal tract. Anethole and fenchoon are expectorants, so it can also be used for respiratory infections and coughs. Fennel seeds can also help with menstrual disorders. Chewing fennel seeds suppresses hunger.


  1. Origin Fennel is one of the oldest medicinal and aromatic plants. As early as 3000 BC, this plant from the lace-cap family was used in Mesopotamia. In ancient times its use in breastfeeding women was recommended, since the Middle Ages it has been used for gastrointestinal complaints

Health benefits of the fennel bulb

  1. Low in calories The tubers of fennel are relevant for human consumption. A tuber weighs about 250 to 400 grams. The tuber is an important ingredient in salads, among other things. The fennel contains few calories with 19 kilocalories per 100 grams. This is due to the high water content of up to 80 percent. The fiber

Fennel Seed Uses

  1. Medicinal uses

What to watch out for when using fennel

  1. Do not use fennel if you are allergic to lace-cap plants (such as celery, chamomile, dill

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