You’ve likely noticed fennel seeds on grocery store shelves in the spice section, and you may even have some in your own spice rack.
Fennel seeds, with its somewhat sweet, refreshing licorice-like taste, is popular in meat recipes and in pizzas and other Italian meals such as lasagna. But did you know that fennel seeds have been shown to help people lose weight?
Before you go out and buy fennel seeds, note that there is another look-alike cumin seeds. How to tell them apart? Fennel seeds are a little greenish in color, and cumin seeds are brown in color.
Health Benefits of Fennel Seeds
1. Stimulates Melatonin Production
Melatonin levels in the brain are responsible for helping us sleep well. Trouble sleeping often indicates less than sufficient melatonin production in the brain. Those who sleep well and get a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep each night find that they lose weight faster and can better maintain a healthy weight.
2. Mildly Diuretic
Fennel seeds help keep you awake and alert, and not reaching for caffeine or sugar to boost your energy levels. This will help you to eat less and concentrate more clearly on your to-do list.
3. Increases Metabolism
When your metabolism is increased, you burn calories faster and more efficiently. A faster metabolism—when combined with smart diet and exercise habits—is a sure way to lose weight.
4. A Natural Detoxifier
When you remove toxins from your body, it allows all of your body—including your metabolism and digestive system—to function more effectively, thereby aiding in weight-loss efforts.
5. A Natural Appetite suppressant
Forget over-the-counter appetite suppressants for weight loss. Instead, use fennel seed water to help keep your appetite at bay.
6. Helps Suppress Spasms
Hunger pangs happen when spasms occur in the stomach. Fennel seed helps relax your muscles and keep spasmodic activity at bay.
7. Helps Purify Your Blood
A healthy and clean blood supply helps the entire body and digestive system run more efficiently. A well-functioning digestive system aids in weight-loss through the fast removal of waste from your body.
As you can see, there are many ways in which fennel seed water helps aid in weight-loss and helps promote healthy weight maintenance. Read on for two ways to make fennel seed water at home.
How To Eat Fennel Seeds For Weight Loss
- 1 liter of fresh, pure water
- 2 tablespoons raw fennel seeds (crushed with mortar and pestle)
1. The Quick Method:
Place the water in a deep pan and bring it to boil. Add the crushed fennel seeds, turn off the heat and cover the pan. Once the water has cooled to room temperature it’s ready to drink.
2. The Overnight Method
Using the same ratio of water to fennel seeds, simply place the water and the fennel seeds in a glass jar, cover, and allow to steep overnight. In the morning your fennel seed water will be ready to drink.
Start by drinking one to two cups of fennel seed water daily, gradually working up to four cups a day.
As with any natural remedies, there may be adverse reactions to fennel seed consumption, so monitor and listen to your body, when including fennel seed water in your weight-loss plan.