Fennel seeds are popular in every Indian kitchen and for the right reasons. They are known to improve hair health, skin, heart health, aid weight loss and are also helpful in handling pregnancy issues.
New Delhi: Many seeds and spices that are used in Indian food have health benefits, and this is a fact that the world has now agreed to. India happens to be the largest exporters of fennel seeds also, which is ingeniously known as saunf. Used in everything from tea to Pulao, fennel seeds are an indispensable part of any Indian kitchen.
Fennel seeds are added to the food for the kind of health benefits that they offer for the human body. Rich in a variety of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron and others, fennel seeds have benefits to the body from head to toe.
If you suffer from any of these problems – dandruff, hair breakage, hair fall or dry scalp, including fennel seeds in your diet may be a good idea. Fennel seeds have anti-microbial properties that keep any germs and dirt from gowning in your scalp and help in treating such problems.
Like stated, fennel seeds have anti-microbial properties. Therefore, they are beneficial in problems like acne, skin rashes, etc. as they help to fight the bacteria causing such problems.
According to a study published in the Journal of Food Science, chewing on fennel seeds helps increase the nitrite content in saliva which is a natural way to keep your blood pressure under control. Fennel seeds are also rich in potassium which helps in controlling heart rate. Fennel seeds are also believed to control cholesterol which reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Not only do fennel seeds reduce the stored fat, but also are rich in fibre and hence aid weight loss. Fennel water is extremely popular for improving digestion and metabolism, which in turn aid the process of weight loss. Consumption of fennel seeds keeps bloating and heartburn at bay.
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas and fennel seeds help in controlling all three of them. They keep the body cool and the oil of fennel seeds is extremely healthy and nutritious and is used in massages all over the world. READ – Weight loss: Losing weight easier with identifying Doshas and an Ayurvedic Diet
Fennel seeds, especially fennel tea are believed to improve fertility. They are also believed to cause labour in pregnant women. Apart from this, they are beneficial in curing morning sickness, and also provide relief from menstrual cramps. For lactating women, fennel seeds increase milk secretion due to the presence of anethole, a compound that mimics the properties of the estrogen hormone.