Fennel Seeds for type 2 diabetes By Dr Surabhi Jain:-
Fennel, popularly known as Saunf in Hindi, is one of the most widely used medicinal plants. It is claimed that both the bulb and the seeds of the fennel plant are loaded with antioxidants and many other compounds that can help manage various conditions, including lowering blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Fennel and its seeds offer a wide array of benefits. It also helps you tackle many ailments- from digestive problems like stomach bloating to conjunctivitis.People choose fennel for its licorice-like flavor and health benefits. It may be a Mediterranean plant that’s currently fashionable everywhere the planet.
Fennel encompasses a pale bulb and long inexperienced stalks. It can grow almost anywhere. All components of the fennel plant, together with the bulb, stalk, leaves, and seeds, are edible. They add flavor to other foods.
Fresh fennel bulb and seeds are low in calories. Although they also contain significant amounts of nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese, calcium, potassium and magnesium. They are also rich in antioxidants. These antioxidant like chlorogenic acid, limonene, and quercetin – all of which may improve health and combat diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Are fennel seeds really good for diabetics?
These are packed with vitamin C, which has been linked to reduced blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.
Also, a study in Bangladesh found that mice that were treated with an extract made from mentholated seeds experienced a reduction in their blood sugar levels at some dosage. At a rate comparable to that of standard antihyperglycemic medications.
Fennel and its seeds are also chock full of fibre, a nutrient shown to reduce high cholesterol and certain heart disease risk factors. Eating a diet high in fibre, particularly soluble fibre, may help improve blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is also claimed that beta-carotene, another antioxidant in fennel seeds. It may also help lower cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Studies have also demonstrated that fennel may have anti-cancer properties.
How to use fennel and its seeds in your diabetic diet
You can incorporate fennel and its seeds into your diet in a number of ways. It can be eaten raw or used it as a spice. Fennel oil and seeds are used as flavouring agents in foods and beverages.
You may use raw fennel bulbs in your salads or try adding its seeds to flavour your broths, soups or other dishes. Fennel is also eaten raw by mouth to overcome various digestive issues. It also solves colic in infants among others.
Are fennel and its seeds safe for everyone?
While fennel is possibly safe when taken in appropriate doses for a short period of time, people who are sensitive to certain plants like carrot, celery or mugwort may develop allergic reactions to it.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not advisable to use of it. Also, estragole, a key element in fennel, has been categorised as a potential carcinogen. Hence, people with cancer, or at a high-risk for the disease may avoid using it.
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