Fennel Seed Extract (Foeniculum Vulgare)Back to ingredients
Food source: Fennel Seed
Benefits of Fennel Seed
- Gut health
- Supports digestion
- Relieves bloating
- Relieves constipation
What is Fennel Seed?
Fennel is a popular culinary plant that is part of the carrot family. The seeds of the plant are potent in flavour due to all the essential oils within them, and they’re used as a dry spice in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. These essential oils aren’t just full of flavour, they’re also packed with lots of nutrients and vitamins that make Fennel Seeds an overlooked health powerhouse.
The main benefit Fennel Seeds offer is in supporting the health of our gut and contributing to normal digestive processes. Fennel can support the elimination of digestive discomfort, including bloating, elimination of excess gas, gastrointestinal discomfort, and support a healthy digestive tract function. When combined with other botanicals, it may also relieve constipation as well. Learn more about the ‘Common reasons you might be bloated’ and ‘10 practical tips to reduce bloating’.
Fennel has a 'spasmolytic' effect on digestion. 'Spasmolytic' means it can help calm down spasms in the digestive tract, which means Fennel can help to relieve acid reflux and GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease). Fennel is well known for calming down spasms in the digestive tract, reducing the pressure on the stomach and therefore reducing the likelihood of suffering acid reflux.
The essential oils in Fennel Seeds are also antioxidants, including the potent polyphenol antioxidants ‘rosmarinic acid’ and ‘chlorogenic acid’. Antioxidants help to fix and neutralise harmful ‘free radicals’ that can cause a range of health issues. You may also enjoy ‘How to beat bloating’ and ‘7 Best Foods to Help you Debloat’.