Eat Fennel? You Mean That Licorice Tasting Stuff?
Fennel, an herb that finds its native home in the Mediterranean, was historically grown near monasteries. And its history is a bit crazy — according to our research, “fennel is one of the nine sacred herbs of the saxons which was capable to cure the nine instances of the illness.” So add that to your list of sweet trivia knowledge.
Resembling dill in look, fennel is a perennial herb that exists not only in the Mediterranean region, but also in southeast Asia, north Africa, and as far east as Pakistan. First brought to north America by missionaries from Spain, the U.S. has ended up being one of the world’s largest producers. Believed through history to have magical properties, the back story on fennel reads like an amazing piece of fiction that is hardly to be believed.
So Exactly Why Is Fennel So Good for Me?
The lore around fennel and fennel seeds goes all the way from the herb’s ability to rejuvenate the body, to its effect on snakes, who by ingesting the seeds were then able to shed their skin. Improved vision, stimulation of weight loss ability, and more — all of it associated with fennel at some point in history.
With its excess of both vitamins and minerals, fennel is an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Here’s a little run down of what is in fennel:
- Vitamins C, B3
- Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron
Fibers from the bulb reduce cholesterol, Vitamin C boosts the immune system, and in general, fennel fibers in the body help to eliminate toxins from the intestines, thereby reducing the likelihood of intestinal cancers. And you probably have already been told that potassium can help to lower blood pressure.
Always consult your physician before adding something in large quantities to your diet.
More Resources for Health Benefits of Fennel Around the Web
From Live and Feel: Benefits of Eating Fennel and Fennel Seeds, here.
From Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Fennel, here.
From Whole Foods: Why Fennel Is so Good for You, here.
From Natural Health 365, Fennel Health Benefits, here.
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