The fennel, used since ancient times for its aromatic and digestive properties, it can be considered a vegetable with a thousand healthy and beneficial properties. In the past it was already used for the preparation of a natural toothpaste with the addition of equal parts of green clay. The fennel it has a very low caloric content, about 31 calories per pound, it is low in fat but very rich in fiber, so it is a particularly suitable food for those who follow a food diet. If you have a small vegetable garden or a terrace it might be a good idea to grow it since it is a vegetable that does not require special cultivation knowledge. In this regard, you may be interested in "How to grow fennel"
THEl fennel it consists of about 90% water, 1.3% protein, 3% fiber, 1% ash and carbohydrates; some mineral salts such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and selenium are worth mentioning. There is no shortage of vitamins, in fact we find vitamin A, some belonging to group B and vitamin C. Noteworthy is the presence in fennel of some flavonoids such as isoquercitrin and rutin
Fennel, properties and benefits
Scientific studies attribute to the fennel digestive and purifying properties; if consumed regularly it would avoid the formation of intestinal gas; this is due to the presence within it of an aromatic substance called anethole which would work as a calming agent in the event of abdominal contractions. Precisely because of this, herbal teas, decoctions and infusions prepared with the seeds of this vegetable can be very useful for those who have problems with abdominal swelling, irritable colon and aerophagia.
According to experts, fennel would also have purifying properties of the blood and liver and it would also be a good anti-inflammatory, especially in regards to the colon.
According to experts, its intake would also bring benefits in case of cough; to reduce the effects, it is preferable to prepare a decoction based on leaves and seeds: just boil for 3/4 minutes in three quarters of a liter of water then sweeten with organic honey.
Many experts would recommend its intake to new mothers to increase milk production; this is due to the high content of phytoestrogens, a substance that makes the fennel an excellent natural balancer of female hormone levels, thus stimulating milk production in women struggling with breastfeeding.