Fennel Seed (Fennel) Nutrition Facts and Benefits
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Foeniculum vulgare, commonly known as fennel, is a flavorful culinary herb and medicinal plant. The plant is originated in the Souther Mediterranean region and through cultivation began to grow wild throughout the Northern, Eastern and Western hemispheres. The entire fennel plant is edible, including the bulb, seeds, stalk and leaves. The seeds are rich in flavonoid antioxidants and they contain a concentrated source of micronutrients.
Nutrition FactsAccording to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, fennel bulb is a source of energy, vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium and other essential minerals like iron, calcium, copper, zinc and selenium. One average-size fennel contains 73 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 17 grams of carbohydrate. It contains only trace amounts of fat and no cholesterol. It is exceptionally high in fiber, with each bulb providing 7 grams of dietary fiber or 28 percent of your daily needs.
Improve the Digestive System
Fennel active ingredient can encourage secretion of digestive and gastric juices, reduce inflammation in the stomach and intestines, and facilitate proper absorption of nutrients from the food. Research published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition indicates that fennel has a substantial body of data to support its digestion-enhancing activities. Researchers also point out ginger, peppermint, citrus fruits, dandelion and chamomile for their ability to aid digestion as well.
Fennel is very popular as an antiflatulent, due to the carminative properties of the aspartic acid found in it. It is commonly used in medications to reduce symptoms of non-ulcer dyspepsia and flatulence in infants and young children. Furthermore, it can eliminate constipation and cure diarrhea caused by bacterial infections.
Regulate Blood Pressure
Fennel is a very rich source of potassium, which is an essential nutrient in our bodies and is vital for a number of important processes as per a report published in the Journal of Hypertension. Fennel can help lower blood pressure and inflammation due to its high potassium content and low sodium content. Potassium works against sodium, helping to fight high blood pressure in the body. Incorporating a cup of fennel bulb in your daily diet can increase your potassium levels and all the benefits that come along with it.
Decreases Risk of Heart Disease
Foods high in fiber, especially soluble fiber, as is found in fennel. Besides the advantages to digestion that fiber provides, it also helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream, according to research conducted, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This means that it can stimulate the elimination of damaging LDL or bad cholesterol, which is a major factor in heart diseases, atherosclerosis, and strokes.
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