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Fennel seed supplements...does anyone know if they are as effective (m)
      #42169 - 01/30/04 06:15 PM


as drinking the tea? They sell it in capsules and also tinctures. Wondering if this would have the same effect on gas and bloating.


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Fennel Seed Supplements!? new
      #42171 - 01/30/04 06:22 PM

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WOW! I didn't know there was such a thing. I would be interested in knowing the answer to your question myself (I hate the taste of fennel).

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Re: Fennel Seed Supplements!? new
      #42179 - 01/30/04 06:35 PM

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Me too! I've looked for those and never found them!

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Nope - and here's why new
      #42186 - 01/30/04 07:23 PM

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I'm assuming the pills are actually capsules made from ground fennel seed? They may help, but they likely won't be nearly as effective as the tea brewed from fresh whole seeds. When you grind a spice (any herb or spice, actually) you release the volatile oils in it. Those oils are what give the herb any medicinal qualities it may have. Once you release those oils, they start degrading very quickly. The more finely ground an herb or spice, the more degradation that happens. So, the ideal quality is the whole seed itself. Next would be a coarsely (and freshly) ground seed. As you grind more finely, and the longer the powder sits after being ground, the lower in quality and less effective it will be. So the stuff that's ground into powder for the capsules is the least effective version you could use.

The tincture I'm really not sure about. Is it an oil? That would be very potent indeed. Is it an alcohol based extract (like vanilla extract)? That would be strong too. Some tincture in a glass of water might be quite effective - but it will taste much like the tea.

I'm looking into having enteric coated fennel oil capsules made. I can't find them anywhere on the market right now, and if it seems like they'd be as effective for gas and bloating as the fennel tea I'll try to get some manufactured.

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Re: Fennel Seed Supplements!? new
      #42243 - 01/31/04 07:57 AM

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I have been taking the fennel capsules since I found them at vitiman world. I cannot say for sure that they help or do not, but I firgure the more fennel I get in me the better, even if it is not as good as the tea (which I drink as much as I can take).

I would be too too happy to have the corrert form of fennel in a capsule. Please let us know if it is found.

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Re: Nope - and here's why new
      #42330 - 01/31/04 03:06 PM


Hi Heather,

I believe it's alcohol based...I've used the tinctures for other things as well. I don't like the taste of fennel...that's why I asked. I did a google search on fennel and lots of stuff came up and places to buy it.

I'd be very interested in what you are thinking about!

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