Q. I have been bothered with heartburn for 50 years. I got it after every meal, but it was immediately relieved with Tums.
I was cleaning out the herbs in my kitchen cupboard and found some fennel seeds. I took a teaspoon after dinner and didn’t get heartburn. Now I take fennel after every meal and haven’t needed a Tums all month.
For me this is nothing short of a miracle. My mom told me I was diagnosed with a spasmodic stomach as an infant. I looked online and saw fennel is an antispasmodic. Maybe that’s why it helps.
A. Fennel has traditionally been used to treat indigestion and gas. It has been shown to counteract smooth muscle spasms in the digestive tract.