The medicinal benefits of fennel
Fennel is a delicious, healthy vegetable that tastes a bit like anise. It is used as a vegetable and spice. In early days it was used in a completely another way. In horse stables and dog shelters, a powder of this plant was used to prevent fleas from spreading. Fennel Powder is a natural repellent.
This plant is considered a medicine since ancient times. Both in ancient Indian and Roman history, this medicinal vegetable is described as a remedy against eye diseases. One would see sharply after regularly eating parts of this plant. Contemporary scientific research is starting to confirm this. Glaucoma has decreased in animals by eating fennel, according to scientists. Research in humans is rarely done on this field.
Against digestive problems
Fennel works well against flatulence. The ancient Romans knew this too. In general, it is true that it brings the intestines to rest. For this purpose, you drink tea or eat it as a vegetable. It is also possible to make a syrup of the seeds. It works as an appetite stimulant.
This vegetable contains anethol, which is a phytoestrogen. ´Phyto´ means it origins from a plant. Through this bio-identical hormone the production of milk and the production of breast tissue in women is encouraged. Anethol has more medicinal properties. It combats the presence of cancerous tumors, at least according to research on animals. Scientists believe that this is because anethol prevents the activation of the inflammatory molecule NF-kappaB. Also, anethol helps the liver when it is overloaded with toxins. This is clearly shown in any case from research on animals.
Fennel seed for a fresh mouth
The seeds of this vegetable have a refreshing taste. Essential oils of fennel are used worldwide to create a natural mouthwash and to enrich toothpaste. Fennel tea is an ideal mouth refreshing tea. You just chew on seeds to get a fresh mouth. In countries like India, it is used to chew after dinner.
Serving advice (cold)
Fennel may be eaten raw. It’s nice when you cut it into small cubes and make a mixed vegetable salad. Put some green shoots on your sandwich. Due to its mild anise flavor, it is an ideal, healthy food for kids. It makes them more easily familiar with the habit of eating fresh vegetables.
Cooking advice (hot)
You can drink a tea of the seeds which is for sale at a health food store. Fennel is an easy vegetable to cook. Like any vegetable that you can eat raw, you do not have to prepare fennel long to make it tender. 3 to 5 minutes boiling is enough to create a great side dish. Fennel can be stir-fried in vegetable mix. It is a versatile vegetable that gives a fresh touch to any dish. Enjoy your medicine!
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- Italian meta-research 2012: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3414240/
- Russian research stomach convulsions: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12868253
- Egyptisch onderzoek 2011. cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21812646
- Indian research 2012: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23240972