Fennel for Colon Cancer, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Stroke, Lung Disorders Like Cough, Bronchitis
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Fennel for Colon Cancer, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Stroke, Lung Disorders Like Cough, Bronchitis

Fennel, with vitamin C, beta carotene or vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, folate, potassium, helps fight colon or intestinal cancer, stroke, heart disease, and helps fight hypertension by lowering blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol; also fights bad breath, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, menstrual disorders, cough, bronchitis, lung congestions and other respiratory ailments, and for healthy cardiovascular system.

Fennel fights or prevents cancer, especially colon cancer, because it is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants.  A rich source of fiber, folate and potassium, fennel helps lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure.  It protects blood vessels from damage, thus reducing significantly the risks of heart disease and stroke.

 Fennel is similar to anise in flavor, tasting like licorice, which goes well with baked fish.  Try baking fish on a bed of fennel stalks.  One good thing about fennel is that all parts of the plant are edible.  Fennel stalks can be mistaken as celery, both vegetables being members of the parsley plant family.

 Health Benefits of Fennel

  • Fennel to Fight or Prevent Cancer – Fennel leaves are good sources of antioxidant vitamins C and beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.  Vitamins C and A help fight free radicals and other destructive molecules that make cells cancerous.  Fennel bulb is rich in fiber, which lowers the risks of intestinal cancer.  The article Benefits of Fennel Herb states that fennel fibers help “eliminate toxins and cancerous substances from intestines.”  Fennel is thus effective against colon cancer.  Fennel is also rich in phytonutrients like rutin, quercetin, kaempferol glycosides and anethole.  The article Fennel states that fennel anethole has proven, in animal studies, that it has the power to “reduce inflammation and help prevent the occurrence of cancer.”  Chronic inflammation is a major cancer risk. 
  • Fennel Fiber, Folate, Potassium for Heart Health, Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, and to Prevent Stroke - Fennel fibers not only reduce colon cancer risks, they also help lower bad cholesterol.  Fennel potassium fights hypertension by lowering blood pressure.  Its folate content helps convert homocysteine into benign molecules.  High levels of homocysteine damage blood vessel walls, which, according to the article Fennel (link above), “is considered a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke.”  Fiber, folate and potassium work symbiotically to lead to a healthy heart or cardiovascular system.
  • For Lung Disorders or Respiratory disorders – Fennel can be helpful in treating lung disorders.  The article Health Benefits of Fennel states that fennel is packed with cineole and anetol, which are “expectorant in nature,” treating respiratory ailments like “congestion, bronchitis, cough, etc.”
  • Other Health Benefits of Fennel – The article Health Benefits of Fennel (link above) lists the following ailments that fennel can alleviate: Anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, menstrual disorders and macular degeneration.  The Reader’s Digest Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal article Fennel states that physicians through the ages “have prescribed” fennel for nursing mothers (for milk production), to prevent bad breath, prevent the formation of kidney stones, and to treat gout, liver and lung disorders.

 Fennel can be a very healthy food source for nutrients like vitamins C and A, phytonutrients and other antioxidants, which are effective in fighting or preventing cancer, particularly colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and other diseases.  Its high fiber content helps lower bad cholesterol.  But always consult a physician first before using fennel as a dietary countermeasure against diseases.

 Sources:

 Benefits of Fennel Herb. Live and Feel (website) Accessed January 17, 2012

 Fennel.  The World’s Healthiest Foods. (website) Accessed January 17, 2012

Health Benefits of Fennel.  Organic Facts. (website) Accessed January, 17, 2012

Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal. The Reader’s Digest. 2004.  New York. 416 pages.  Hardbound.

 Fennel Photo by KoryeLogan at Flickr.com

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

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Who dreamed that fennel could be so good for you? Well done.

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