Health Benefits of Fennel Seeds
Posted on: January 3, 2021.

Not many of us would have heard the word “fennel” often used around us—”saunf” would sound more familiar. Chewing saunf after a meal is a common practice in most Indian households, typically north.

This is so because saunf deodorizes breath of food smells and freshens it up. However, the age-old practice of chewing saunf does much more than simply eliminate bad breath—it carries goodness of multiple nutrients.

Copper, Potassium, Calcium, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin C, Iron, Selenium and Magnesium—fennel seeds contain a concentrated source of minerals that make it a must-have in our kitchens!

In cooking, a variety of our preparations feature the inclusion of saunf. Though fennel seeds resemble cumin or jeera in size and shape, it is a totally different spice altogether.

Following are the health benefits of fennel seeds—

Boosts nitrite content in saliva

As per findings of a study published in Journal of Food Science, fennel seeds are a great way to naturally keep a check on blood pressure levels—nitrite content in saliva increases by chewing fennel seeds.

Furthermore, potassium—an essential component of cells and body fluids—which helps control heart rate and blood pressure is found in very rich quantities in fennel seeds.

Reduces water retention

A tea of fennel seeds works as a “diuretic”—excess fluids in the body are flushed out by regular consumption of fennel-based tea, which reduces risk of urinary tract problems by eliminating toxins from the system.

Additionally, fennel-based teas induce perspiration by virtue of its diaphoretic properties which stimulate sweating.

Promotes the production of gastric enzymes

The anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of fennel seeds—imparted by a fennel-based tea—catalyzes the secretion of gastric enzymes by giving the dull digestive system a powerful jump-start.

The volatile oils found in fennel seeds significantly pacify Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and is also found effective against indigestion, bloating, and constipation.

The digestive tract is kept healthy and happy by virtue of fennel tea’s multitude of gastrointestinal benefits!

Helps clear sinuses

The cavities around the nasal passages becoming inflamed is a condition known as “sinusitis”—or simply, sinus problem. The sinuses are effectively cleared by the phytonutrients present in fennel seeds, and the expectorant properties of fennel-based tea alleviate bronchitis, congestion, and cough.

Ayurvedic cure for “TRODOSHA”

This becomes an interesting sub-concept: Vata, Pitta, Kapha are the three doshas or life forces…

…the subtle energy of movement is “Vata”.

…the energy of digestion and metabolism is “Pitta”.

…and the energy that forms the body’s structure is “Kapha”.

Fennel seeds have a cooling effect on the body and thus reduce all doshas. A fennel seed drink in scorching summer ventilates heat from the body, and fennel seed oil used in Ayurvedic massage blends calms the nerves and promotes mental clarity.

Cools the skin and prevents acne

When regularly consumed, fennel seeds provide the body with valuable minerals like zinc, calcium and selenium, which balances the body’s hormones and helps improve oxygen balance. This has a cooling effect on skin, and thereby renders on it a healthy glow.

Protects against various cancers

Fennel seeds neutralize oxidative stress by virtue of its highly powerful free radical scavenging properties and highly potent chemo-modulatory effect that protects the body from skin, stomach, and breast cancers.


Fennel seeds are considered very auspicious in Ayurveda, and in ancient India, they were extensively used in various recipes. In the simplest kitchen ingredients of Indian households can be found the age-old secrets of health, waiting to be unveiled.

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