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Iron and histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are both helpful in the treatment of anemia. Iron is the chief constituent of hemoglobin; histidine stimulates production of hemoglobin and also helps in the formation of various other components of the blood.
The components of the essential oils in fennel can eliminate constipation and help protect the body from a wide range of intestinal troubles. Fennel seeds, particularly in powdered form, can act as a natural laxative. Fennel is commonly found in medicines that treat abdominal pain, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and other intestinal issues.
Fennel is very popular as an anti flatulent, due to the carminative properties of the aspartic acid. Its extract can be used by everyone, from infants to the elderly, as a way to reduce flatulence and to expel excess gas from the stomach. It is commonly used in medicines to reduce symptoms of non-ulcer dyspepsia.
Fennel is helpful in curing diarrhea caused by bacterial infection because some components of the essential oil in fennel such as anetol and cineole have disinfectant and antibacterial properties. Some amino acids, such as histidine, can aid in digestion and the proper functioning of the digestive system.
Fennel is a great source of fiber to help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which is a major factor in heart disease, atherosclerosis, and strokes.
It is also a very rich source of potassium. Potassium helps reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure is connected to a wide range of health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
Studies have shown that the fennel seed extract can inhibit the growth of tumors thanks to its concentrations of flavonoids, alkaloids, and phenols. Fennel seed extract has been also found to be preventative of various breast cancer and liver cancer strains.
Fennel is also eases and regulates menstruation by properly regulating hormonal action in the body. Fennel is used in a number of products to reduce the effects of and is also used as a soothing pain reliever and relaxing agent for menopausal women.
Using fennel in food helps protect the eyes from inflammation and reduces the risks of premature aging and macular degeneration because of the high abundance of antioxidants, detoxifiers and stimulants. The juice of fennel leaves and the plant can be externally applied on the eyes to reduce irritation and eye fatigue.
Fennel is also a rich source of flavonoids, which are very useful in protecting against pigment cells dying due to oxidative-stress-induced death. By protecting against this destruction of the pigment cells, fennel can safely be classified as effective in eye health for numerous reasons.
Fennel is useful in respiratory disorders such congestion, bronchitis, and cough due to the presence of cineole and anetol which are natural. Fennel seeds and powder can help to break up phlegm and prompt loosening of the toxins and buildup of the throat and nasal passages for elimination from the body and quicker recovery from respiratory conditions.
Fennel is diuretic, which means that it increases the amount and frequency of urination. This helps remove toxic substances from the body and alleviates rheumatism and swelling.
Fennel can increase the production and secretion of milk in lactating mothers. Some properties of fennel act as an anti-flatulent for babies, as well.
Fennel also strengthens hair, prevents hair loss, relaxes the body, and sharpens memory.
Certain components of the fennel essential oil such as anethol, and a few chemicals present in the plant itself, besides being beneficial, can be dangerous if ingested in too large of a quantity.
Remember the compounds which kill bacteria and microbes in low doses can be harmful for you, too. Too much can cause breathing difficulties, increased palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and various neural problems.
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