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Benefits of Fennel (Saunf) And Its Side Effects

The primary benefit of Shankhpushpi is that it is a brain tonic and improves memory and intellect. Besides that it can be used to treat epilepsy and headache. It also controls vomiting and helps to cure diabetes.

Benefits of Fennel (Saunf) And Its Side Effects

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Fennel (Saunf)
Nutritional Value of Fennel (Saunf)
Health Benefits of Fennel (Saunf)
Prevents Anaemia
Aids Digestion
Works as an Antacid
Antiflatulent
Laxative
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Good Source of Potassium
Stimulates Milk Secretion
Induces menstruation
Uses of Fennel (Saunf)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Fennel (Saunf)
Cultivation of Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel is an herb whose bulbs, leaves seeds are all edible. Its scientific name is Foeniculum Vulgare Miller. This plant belongs to the unbellifereae family which also has parsley, carrots and coriander in it. It is a perennial plant that grows yellow flowers and has feathery leaves. The finely segmented leaves hang from shiny green branches. The plant grows to a height of about 4-5 feet. It is used as a spice to flavour curries and breads in both the western and the oriental cuisine. It is a common plant found in kitchen gardens for its flavouring properties.

Nutritional Value of Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel has list of nutritional values. It is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre. It also contains potassium molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus and folate. Calcium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, iron and niacin too are found in it.

Health Benefits of Fennel (Saunf)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Fennel (Saunf)
Health Benefits of Fennel (Saunf)

Prevents Anaemia

Fennel is a good source of iron and an amino acid called histidine. These help in the manufacture of haemoglobin. The main component of haemoglobin is iron. Histidine on the other hand stimulates the manufacture of haemoglobin and the other constituents of blood.

Aids Digestion

The components of essential oils present in fennel triggers the secretion of digestive juices and enzymes which in turn paces up the process of digestion. This helps reduce bloating of the belly due to flatulence (excessive gas formation). Inflammation of the stomach and the intestine is reduced by fennel and facilitates maximum absorption of nutrients from the digested food.

Works as an Antacid

Fennel by nature is basic. This helps it to neutralise the acidity of the stomach which can sometimes increase due to improper dietary habits, unregulated lifestyle, body weight etc. Acidity causes heart burn and having fennel after meals can reduce chances of it happening. This property of fennel makes it a common ingredient in anti-acidity medications.

Antiflatulent

The carminative property of aspartic acid which is present in fennel makes it a good antiflatulent. Excessive gas formation can cause stomach ache. Having fennel extract is a good way to get rid of the extra gas. It is suitable for all ages and can be given to both infants and aged people.

Laxative

Fennel seeds’ powder acts as a good laxative. It helps cure constipation, abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other diseases related to the intestine. The roughage present in fennel helps regulate the bowel movement. It induces intestinal activity by maintaining peristaltic movements through inducing the secretion of bile and gastric juices.

Controls Cholesterol Levels

The fibre present in fennel makes it a good option for keeping cholesterol levels low in the blood. High levels of cholesterol can be harmful for the body as it causes various health problems such as heart attacks, strokes and artherosclerosis. It is extremely essential to maintain suitable levels of cholesterol and fennel is a good solution to this problem.

Good Source of Potassium

Fennel is an essential source of potassium which is extremely important for the body. Potassium regulates the water balance as well as the acid-base balance in our body. It also plays an integral role to pass on nerve impulses from one end of the body to the other. It reduces the tension on the blood vessels by dilating them. This results in reduction of blood pressure. Having high pressure can be dangerous for the health as it may cause heart5 attacks and strokes among various other health problems. Potassium also improves brain functions and hence having fennel shall help you to improve your mental functioning and cognitive abilities.

Stimulates Milk Secretion

Lactating mothers can consume fennel to ensure a steady flow of milk to the suckling infant. Fennel stimulates the flow of milk during breast feeding. It is essential for babies to consume breast milk in their initial days and fennel helps to ease this for both the mother and the child.

Induces menstruation

Irregular menses can be a problem faced by many women. The fast life, lack of sleep, bad food habits, stress have all added to such irregularities in body functions. Fennel works well to induce menstruation. Chew on some fennel seeds to have a regular and proper menstrual flow on time.

Uses of Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel has been used for ages as a flavouring herb. It is added to various food preparations such as fish, vegetables, pastries, sweet pickles, candies, liqueurs, medicines etc. This was a food that was common in all the classes of the society, only the purpose for using it were different. While the rich used fennel to flavour food items that fit their expensive taste, the poor used it to suppress hunger and especially on days when they fasted. All the parts of this plant can be consumed and impart a flavour. The stalks can be consumed as a vegetable. Stored fruits and vegetables can be protected from toxic fungal growth by applying fennel oil on them. In apiculture (cultivation of honey) it is used as a plant from where the bees get the nectar. Fennel powder also drives fleas away from kennels and stables.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Fennel (Saunf)

Generally fennel does not have any serious side effects. But people who are allergic to carrot, celery and mugwort could be allergic to fennel as well. It has been seen that consuming fennel makes skin more skin sensitive and it is advisable to apply sun protective creams to protect your skin from tanning and sunburn. Though solid evidence is not available, two cases of nervous system damage was seen in two breast-feeding babies from mothers who consumed fennel containing herbal tree. Pregnant women should also avoid having fennel

Cultivation of Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel originated in southern Europe and Asia Minor. It spread further in the temperate regions of Eurasia. Fennel requires a coastal climate to grow well and that is why it has not been spread over a large area and not been naturalised. Fennel requires abundance of sunshine and a well-drained soil to grow and can also be grown in gardens under controlled conditions.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have a 3 months baby. Now my breast milk go down. What can I do for increase my breast milk?

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello, Baby should be exclusively nursed for 6 months. There is always optimum mother's milk available for the baby on demand. Foods like coconut, sesame seeds (til), almonds, garden cress seeds (Halim/Aliv), fenugreek, to help to enhance milk production in mothers. Apart from it a well hydrated mother produce good amount of breast milk.
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I have pimples all over my face. My dermotogilst suggested me aziderm cream. But it not suitable for me. I have hormonal pimples .please suggest anything.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods. Eat fresh, unprocessed food. Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body like fennel, coriander seeds, Indian gooseberry (amla) and aloe vera. Increase intake of water to about 8-10 glasses per day. Wash your face frequently with mild herbal soaps. Avoid irritant cosmetics. Do not squeeze the acne lesions. Home Remedies Prepare a powdered mixture of coriander seeds, fennel, basil, turmeric and Indian gooseberry (amla) in equal parts. Take ½ teaspoon of this powder 15 minutes before lunch and dinner. Have 1 teaspoon of powdered Indian gooseberry fruit (amla) in morning and evening with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

I am suffering from bad breath sometimes. Please suggest same good herbal medicines.

BDS, MDS Endodontist
Dentist, Gurgaon
Get Professional teeth cleaning and polishing done Use mouthwash twice daily Floss daily Start warm saline rinses Use saunf/fennel seeds after meals Drink plenty of water.

I am 24 years old and I have painful pimple problem. I had tried many creams which are related to this but the solution is not so good. After avoiding the creams pimples growth increases at the same matter. Please suggest me a tube or medicine which give me the root solution from this problem. I shall be highly obliged. Thank you.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods. Eat fresh, unprocessed food. Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body like fennel, coriander seeds, Indian gooseberry (amla) and aloe vera. Increase intake of water to about 8-10 glasses per day. Wash your face frequently with mild herbal soaps. Avoid irritant cosmetics. Do not squeeze the acne lesions. Home Remedies Prepare a powdered mixture of coriander seeds, fennel, basil, turmeric and Indian gooseberry (amla) in equal parts. Take ½ teaspoon of this powder 15 minutes before lunch and dinner. Have 1 teaspoon of powdered Indian gooseberry fruit (amla) in morning and evening with water. Take one teaspoon of coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder. Drink twice daily. If you want more better treatment consult me.

I have Dry skin face so that I am not using any Moisture Cream because if I use then suddenly I got pimples so that its good for me but what about winter? Because Need some Moisture Cream in winter season so that please suggest me best solution which will not effect my Skin. Thank You.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods. Eat fresh, unprocessed food. Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body like fennel, coriander seeds, Indian gooseberry (amla) and aloe vera. Increase intake of water to about 8-10 glasses per day. Wash your face frequently with mild herbal soaps. Avoid irritant cosmetics. Do not squeeze the acne lesions. Home Remedies Prepare a powdered mixture of coriander seeds, fennel, basil, turmeric and Indian gooseberry (amla) in equal parts. Take ½ teaspoon of this powder 15 minutes before lunch and dinner. Have 1 teaspoon of powdered Indian gooseberry fruit (amla) in morning and evening with water. Take one teaspoon of coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder. Drink twice daily.

Popular Health Tips

5 Benefits Of Fennel (Saunf)!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Udupi
5 Benefits Of Fennel (Saunf)!

Fennel is a very common spice in India and is usually present in every kitchen. In fact, from a very young age, it has been seen that the elders advise the youngsters to consume a pinch of fennel after any meal for proper digestion. Fennel is also added to many dishes to make the dish flavourful as well, so that the person eating the dish can reap the benefits of all its medicinal properties. Fennel is much more than just a digestion enhancing natural ingredient. Fennel if boiled in water and the water taken empty stomach in morning, can be used as diuretic and also used in renal calculus. Some of its other uses and benefits are explained below.

  1. Breath Freshener: Fennel has anti microbial properties which clean your mouth and give you a fresh breath after every meal. In fact, it is not uncommon to notice fennel seeds being served in hotels and restaurants after a meal for better digestion and having a fresh and sweet breath.
  2. Helps in digestion: Fennels help in not only digestion but also help in solving various other problems like intestinal gas, bowel irritation, constipation, heartburn etc. Those with constipation are advised to have fennel milk or at least a pinch of fennel after every meal so that they would be able to relieve themselves comfortably.
  3. Helps in reducing obesity: Obesity has become one of the greatest concerns in contemporary times. With a rise in the sale of junk foods, individuals have started thinning the line between being fat and being obese in nature. However, when you tend to consume fennel seeds, it gives you a feeling of fullness. This reduces the urge to eat in between meals which, in turn, helps in reducing obesity in individuals.
  4. Helps in solving menstrual problems in women: Women who attain their puberty and experience regular menstrual cycles would be well aware of the regulation that they might face sometime or the other in the process. Consumption of fennel seeds regularises menstruation to a great extent in women. In fact, it also helps in reducing painful bleeding in women. It is one of the few natural remedies that can be tried out before opting for medical consultations and higher doses of medicines.
  5. Used as a natural preventive against cancer: Cancer can occur in different places including the colon. Consumption of fennel can help in the reduction of colon cancers in individuals. The anti-carcinogenic properties of fennel help in reducing cancer-causing agents in the body, thereby rendering it capable enough to fight against cancer.

Thus, these are some of the benefits of consuming fennel. Next time you consume fennel after a meal, you know why you are consuming it and what health benefits could it bring to you. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Benefits Of Fennel (Saunf)!

MD, DYA, PGDCR
Ayurveda, Nashik
5 Benefits Of Fennel (Saunf)!

Fennel is a very common spice in India and is usually present in every kitchen. In fact, from a very young age, it has been seen that the elders advise the youngsters to consume a pinch of fennel after any meal for proper digestion. Fennel is also added to many dishes to make the dish flavourful as well, so that the person eating the dish can reap the benefits of all its medicinal properties. Fennel is much more than just a digestion enhancing natural ingredient. Fennel if boiled in water and the water taken empty stomach in morning, can be used as diuretic and also used in renal calculusSome of its other uses and benefits are explained below.

  1. Breath Freshener: Fennel has anti microbial properties which clean your mouth and give you a fresh breath after every meal. In fact, it is not uncommon to notice fennel seeds being served in hotels and restaurants after a meal for better digestion and having a fresh and sweet breath.
  2. Helps in digestion: Fennels help in not only digestion but also help in solving various other problems like intestinal gas, bowel irritation, constipation, heartburn etc. Those with constipation are advised to have fennel milk or at least a pinch of fennel after every meal so that they would be able to relieve themselves comfortably.
  3. Helps in reducing obesity: Obesity has become one of the greatest concerns in contemporary times. With a rise in the sale of junk foods, individuals have started thinning the line between being fat and being obese in nature. However, when you tend to consume fennel seeds, it gives you a feeling of fullness. This reduces the urge to eat in between meals which, in turn, helps in reducing obesity in individuals.
  4. Helps in solving menstrual problems in women: Women who attain their puberty and experience regular menstrual cycles would be well aware of the regulation that they might face sometime or the other in the process. Consumption of fennel seeds regularises menstruation to a great extent in women. In fact, it also helps in reducing painful bleeding in women. It is one of the few natural remedies that can be tried out before opting for medical consultations and higher doses of medicines.
  5. Used as a natural preventive against cancer: Cancer can occur in different places including the colon. Consumption of fennel can help in the reduction of colon cancers in individuals. The anti-carcinogenic properties of fennel help in reducing cancer-causing agents in the body, thereby rendering it capable enough to fight against cancer.

Thus, these are some of the benefits of consuming fennel. Next time you consume fennel after a meal, you know why you are consuming it and what health benefits could it bring to you. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Health benefits of fennel seeds

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Health benefits of fennel seeds
Health benefits of fennel seeds:

They are very high in antioxidants.
It has anti-inflammatory properties thus benefit people suffering from arthritis and joint pains.
Helps lower blood pressure naturally.
The fennel seeds are extensively used as breath freshener. You could chew them after you have your meals.
It is considered to be an immune system enhancer and many people have said that it gives a sense of relaxation and well-being when they drink fennel tea regularly.
It serves as a therapeutic agent, relaxant and stimulant.
Fennel seeds are rich in minerals such as calcium, manganese and vitamin b3.
It aids in the treatment of numerous digestive problems such as bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation and indigestion etc.
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Table of Content

Fennel (Saunf)
Nutritional Value of Fennel (Saunf)
Health Benefits of Fennel (Saunf)
Prevents Anaemia
Aids Digestion
Works as an Antacid
Antiflatulent
Laxative
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Good Source of Potassium
Stimulates Milk Secretion
Induces menstruation
Uses of Fennel (Saunf)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Fennel (Saunf)
Cultivation of Fennel (Saunf)