Below you will find all the benefits and properties of fennel, this ideal plant for a detox cure.
The benefits of Fennel in a detox
Fennel is rightly found in the TISANE DETOX ERIC FAVRE for its powerful depurative and diuretic virtues, and it is important to know this medicinal plant better.
When Romulus, the founder of Rome, won his war against the Sabines, he had a temple built surrounded by fields of fennel, a plant he loved.Fennel has been famous since antiquity for its virtues.
The Romans consumed it after their orgiastic meals in the form of a liqueur in which they macerated the seeds of the plant.
Pliny the Elder insisted on the depurative and diuretic virtues of fennel, a plant capable of cleaning the body, (in contemporary terms: allowing a DETOX) and he observed that snakes, after their moult, ate fennel while rubbing themselves on it.
Charlemagne himself was a great consumer of fennel in order to pass on the enormous quantities of food that he ingested at each meal so as not to put on too much weight.It was he who developed its cultivation on a large scale.
But the fame of fennel is universal: Indian Ayurvedic medicine calls it shatapushpa, Chinese medicinexiao hue xiang.
Fennel in a detox cure
An umbellifer loved by bees
Fennel (Fœniculum dulce) is a beautiful perennial umbelliferous plant common to dry, fallow limestone soils in the Midi.
Its stem, which can reach 2 metres in height, is robust, slightly flattened, ridged, and of an attractive green colour.It bears large leaves cut into many thin segments, like strips.
In summer, its small yellow flowers with a strong aromatic smell, at the top of the stems, form large umbels that are much appreciated by bees, who never tire of collecting their delicious nectar with a strong aniseed flavour.
Fennel and aniseed are closely related, and their fruits are similar: small oblong seeds with protruding ribs.
To harvest these seeds, the stalks are cut with a sickle at the end of the summer, then dried in the sun on the ground before being beaten with a flail and the seeds are winnowed.
- Anethole (aromatic essence identical to that of aniseed)
- Anisic acid
- Fenchone, fenone
- Estragol, methylugenol
- Pinene, camphene, dipentene, limonene, phellandrene
- Provitamin A
- Vitamins B, vitamin C
- Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron
- Digestive stimulant
- Mild laxative
- Gastric antispasmodic
- Intestinal antispasmodic
- Heavy digestion
- Digestive nausea
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach pain (gastritis)
- Intestinal pain (colitis)
- Water retention
- Urinary lithiasis
- Urinary cystitis
- Hepatic lithiasis
- Dermatoses (acne, furunculosis)
- Women during breastfeeding (easy milk supply)
How and when to take L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine plays a role in muscle recovery and therefore indirectly has an essential role in sports performance.It is recommended to consume a dose of 1000 to 3000 mg with each intake of L-Carnitine.It can be taken during meals, before and after training.When combined with carbohydrates, its ergogenic (doping) powers are increased tenfold.You can therefore swallow your L-Carnitine supplement with a small amount of fast-acting carbohydrates to increase the results of its action on your body.Maltodextrin or 60 g dextrose is more than sufficient.Note that L-Carnitine can also be combined with Whey Protein or BCAA's for more effects.
Side effects of L-Carnitine
Like anything else, L-Carnitine supplementation has side effects when taken in high doses.It can cause nausea to vomiting, abdominal cramps or diarrhoea, headaches, liver and kidney dysfunction or strong body odour.
Green tea, the natural L-carnitine
Green tea is considered to be one of the best fat burners, and for good reason, it does not affect the muscles.It contains a lot of virtues such as the amino acids lysine.The latter play an important role in the functioning of the immune system; but also, in cohesion with other amino acids, in the synthesis of proteins and the manufacture of muscle cells.
*Ilias I, Manoli I, Blackman MR et al.L-Carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine in the treatment of complications associated with HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy.Mitochondrion.2004 Jul;4(2-3):163-8.