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Eating fennel is a tasty way to provide your body with healthful benefits. This aromatic, slightly sweet herb has long been common in Mediterranean cuisine. The pale green bulb, along with the long stalks, leaves and seeds, are edible and fennel’s seeds, roots and leaves have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Adding fennel to your meals not only enhances the flavor of your foods, but also gives your body a boost of nutrition.

Fennel contains vitamins A and C. These two powerful antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells. According to Stanford Medicine Cancer Institute, antioxidants may be linked to a reduced risk in developing cancer. A 1-cup serving of fennel contains 10.4 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 17 percent of the daily values set by the FDA, and 838 International Units of vitamin A, which is also 17 percent of the FDA’s recommended DV.