Not a huge fan of fen­nel? You might change your mind when you get a load of its health cre­den­tials

Women's Health (UK) - - EAT SMART -

1 Ex­cess pounds that refuse to budge? Fen­nel could be the so­lu­tion to your fat-loss trou­bles. It con­tains the hor­mone mela­tonin, which, ac­cord­ing to Univer­sity of Granada sci­en­tists, stim­u­lates fat cells to burn, not store, calo­ries. Eat your way slim – can’t say fairer than that.

2 Stock up on fen­nel es­sen­tial oils if your fit­ness regime in­volves outdoor workouts. Re­search pub­lished in the jour­nal En­vi­ron­men­tal Chem­istry Let­ters

shows that they con­tain or­ganic com­pounds called phenyl­propanoids, which can pro­tect lung cells from air pol­lu­tant dam­age. Breathe easy. 3 If PMS symp­toms are stop­ping you in your tracks, tak­ing 30mg fen­nel ex­tract four times a day for three days at the start of your pe­riod could do the trick. A 2012 study* found that the phy­toe­stro­gens it con­tains have an­ti­spas­modic prop­er­ties and can al­le­vi­ate cramp­ing pain. Your monthly mir­a­cle pill.

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