Anyone here regularly chew fennel seeds after meals to aid with digestion (e.g. reducing gas and bloating)? Googling the topic turns up some websites that encourage doing this, bu the sites are not what I would normally consider to be something reliable. No offense to healthandyoga.com intended.
It is a main ingredient in gripe water for babies. Gripe water is used to aid in digestion and help reflux and gas. So it stands to reason that it might work. I would say give it a try - if it works for you then great - if not no harm no foul!
I see no problem in it, then again I am an advocate for herbal healing. I usually make a tea out of fennel that I've ground in my mortar and pestle, that way I can mask the funky taste with honey or another tea like ginger. fennel is an acquired taste thats for sure.
I tried this recently and it did not seem to help but my issues are caused by IBS so using fennel for more ordinary issues may work well. I noticed a capsule supplement at Whole Foods that was simply crushed fennel and they marketed it for gas relief (good if you don't like the taste of fennel I suppose.) I think it's certainly worth a try. No harm, no foul.
In Indian and Pakistani cultures it is common to chew fennel, anise and other seeds after a meal. It acts as a digestive aid and mouth freshener.
I have a bag of Mukhwas "Mouth Freshener". It definitely works for breath, but not sure how it affects my stomach and I'm iffy about the PUFA of those seeds. I prefer to spit them out, but that doesn't work well in social situations.
Cardamom works quite well. Just need one at a time. Easier to carry with since they are pre-packaged.
Some time ago I saw a TV show that experimented with a few common "breath fresheners". I will try to find it, but do remember that the winner was brushing teeth closely followed by fennel and then gum.
I live in London near Southall so finding Mukhwas and any Indian/Pakistani product is easy. Not sure how easily you will find the stuff in the rest of the world.
I've definitely had some success with fennel seeds as a post-meal digestive aid, but I cut them out in May 2010 when I went Paleo and stopped eating all nuts & seeds [per Robb Wolf's autoimmune / gut irritation protocol]. I'd be interested to know if Fennel seeds are considered a potential gut irritant.
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