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Fennel Is a Superfood

Updated on April 16, 2017

What Is Fennel?

Fennel (Scientific name: Foeniculum vulgare), which is most often associated with Italian cooking, is a hardy, perennial herb. Fennel bulb can be consumed raw or cooked.

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One Cup (~87 g) Of Raw Sliced Fennel Contains:

Nutrient
% DV
Vitamin C
14
Fiber
11
Potassium
10
Molybdenum
10
Manganese
9
Copper
7
Folate
6
Phosphorus
6
Magnesium
4
Calcium
4
Iron
4
Vitamin B3
4
Pantothenic acid
4
Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=23
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5 Fennel Health Benefits

Fennel has many health benefits. Here is a brief overview of five of them.

Removes Cholesterol

Fennel removes dangerous LDL cholesterol from the body. LDL cholesterol increases the risk of coronary artery disease. Add fennel bulb salad to your diet.

Prevents Cancer

Antioxidants in this versatile vegetable, including vitamin C, protects the body from damage caused by free radicals, thereby preventing various cancers. Fiber in fennel prevents colon cancer by removing carcinogenic substances from the colon.

Prevents Heart Attack and Stroke

Homocysteine is a non-protein α-amino acid. High levels of this compound are linked to early development of heart disease and stroke. Folate in fennel converts homocysteine into harmless molecules, thereby preventing heart attack and stroke. Potassium in fennel reduces hypertension, which is another risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

Promotes Bone Health

Nutrients in this highly prized vegetable, including phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, vitamin K and manganese, keep your bones strong and healthy.

Prevents Anemia

Iron in fennel is the chief constituent of hemoglobin. Fennel contains histidine, which stimulates the production of hemoglobin; it also facilitates the formation of other blood components.

Summary

  • Fennel is a perennial herb.
  • Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C.
  • Fennel removes bad cholesterol.
  • Fennel prevents cancer, anemia, heart attack and stroke.
  • Fennel strengthens the bones.

I think it's very expensive to not eat healthy. Eating healthy is the only affordable option we have left.

— Marcus Samuelsson

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      jostein tracy 2 weeks ago

      that's a great benifit

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