Your search ends up at sweet coated fennel after a meal in an Indian restaurant. Yes this is 'saunf' which you often asks waiter to get for you or you may find these colored fennels in a silver tray placed near the exit of a restaurant. They have a sweet taste and it delights your senses with its cooling effect.
Fennel is an exotic, aromatic and flavorful herb that has several culinary and medicinal uses. Its scientific name is Foeniculum Vulgare. It improves digestion, vision and is popularly used as a breath freshener.
These seeds have a rich history. They have been used by people for treating indigestion, respiratory issues, eye problems, anemia and diarrhea. These seeds contain oodles of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber. Fennel seeds are rich source of vitamin B and C, potassium, magnesium and iron.
Fennel seeds contain phytoestrogens and phytonutrients such as flavonoids, carotenoids and anethole. Anethole has been known to protect the eyes from inflammation. It rejuvenates the cells and reduces premature aging and macular degeneration. Flavonoids present in fennel are useful in protecting against pigment cells dying due to oxidative stress induced death. Fennel can be classified as effective in eye health.
According to Ayurveda fennel is used to balance all three doshas- Vata, Pita and kapha. Balance of these three doshas promotes healthy life.
Fennel slows down the progression of cataract and promotes healthy eyes. Cataract, diabetic retinopathy and blindness is caused due to large amount sorbitol trapped in lens of retina. It contains a compound trans-anethol which blocks the conversion of sugar to sorbitol in blood, preventing eyes from cataract and diabetic retinopathy.
Fennel seeds have cooling sensation and soothing effect which provides instant relief from stressed, heavy and puffy eyes. Fennel seeds also help in improving eye sight and prevent loss of vision. It reduces eye pressure or ocular pressure. It can be used as potential remedy for treating or preventing glaucoma, a vision-impairing disease which is associated with increased pressure in the eyes.
Anti-oxidants in these seeds fight off free radical scavengers that rob oxygen from healthy skin cells. It protects eyes from sagging and drooping.
You can include fennel seeds in different forms in your diet. Regularly eat raw fennel seeds after your meal. You can also drink water containing fennel. Take one tablespoon of fennel seeds, steep in hot water and drink it once it cools down. Make a mixture of almond, fennel and sugar and take it with milk every night before you go to the bed. This remedy will improve your vision and keep away various eye problems.
Spice up your life by adding this cool spice in your diet!!