Health Benefits Of Fennel Seeds (Saunf)

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Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:32 [IST]

We all look forward to a bowl of sweetened fennel seeds after a particularly satisfying meal. In India, saunf or fennel seeds are a very popular natural mouth freshner. Every restaurant keeps a bowl of this mouth freshner near its reception so that guests can pick up a handful on their way out. Some people also keep a jar of saunf at home so that they can have a little after every meal. It is also used as spice to season many dishes.

However, we tend to ignore the fact that fennel seeds also have many health benefits. Here are some of the main health benefits of this amazing spice.

Health Benefits Of Fennel Seeds (Saunf)

Digests Your Food: Have you ever wondered why we eat fennel seeds after our meals? It is more than just a natural mouth freshner. This condiment has a good proportion of phytoestrogens that helps you digest your food and soothes a irritable gastric gland.

A Girls' Best Friend: Do you have some seriously bad doldrums during your periods? Then you should keep munching on a handful of these seeds. They are very useful for curing PMS and menstruation related pain. In fact, if you are a nursing mother, then it benefits you and your child doubly. The digestive properties of fennel are transferred from mother to child while breastfeeding. It helps cure colic pain in newborn babies.

The Seed For Your Eyes: Regular consumption of these seeds may ensure that you have clear vision. In fact, this is especially useful for diabetics. Research has proved that fennel seeds can also revive the vision of patients who have glaucoma.

Condiment Of Memory: All the stress in our life has made dementia and other brain disorders our biggest fear. Guess what, this condiment can actually help you keep brain related diseases at bay. Fennel improves the cognitive functions of the brain too.

Blood Purifier: The kind of lifestyle we lead makes us accumulate lots of toxins in our body. To get rid of them, you need to chew on these raw seeds. It expels uric acid from the blood and is great for patients of arthritis. In fact, Saunf contains a special essential oil that helps get rid of the toxic elements from the blood.

Healthy Breathing: We all live because we breathe. So it is absolutely essential to make sure that we are able to breathe well. Fennel contains chemicals called Anethol and Cineole which help in curing lung congestion and normal cough and cold. It is good for people who have allergic bronchitis or asthma.

These are some of the main health benefits of this wonder spice. Its other benefits include fresh breath and glowing skin.

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Story first published:  Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:32 [IST]
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