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Meet Dr. Oz's new miracle herb: Fennel lowers cholesterol, flushes toxins

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It's the holiday season, also known as the season for indulging. If you're worried about your waistline and your health, Dr. Mehmet Oz wants you to try nature's most versatile herb: Fennel, which he featured on his Dec. 9 talk show.

Fennel tastes like licorice but it's much healthier than those tasty licorice whips that you buy in the candy store. Among the benefits of fennel:

  • Reduce cholesterol: High in fiber, fennel clears your arteries and can help with "bad" cholesterol levels.
  • Regulate digestion. Try sipping fennel tea after meals or when you have tummy troubles.
  • Ease constipation.

How to use:

To make fennel tea:

  • Add crushed fennel seeds to warm water. (You can buy fennel seeds at health food stores or online, such as Frontier Fennel Seed.)
  • Steep for 10 minutes.
  • Drink.
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