Latin name: Illicium verum
Health Benefits of Star Anise
Star anise has been useful in the medical realm for treating a variety of fungal, bacterial and viral infections. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals. Health benefits include:
- Contains Shikimic acid which is a compound with strong antiviral capabilities.
- Used to treat the flu.
- Bioactive compounds may be effective in treating urinary tract infections.
- Some research has revealed that star anise extract is as effective as antibiotics against multiple drug-resistant pathogenic bacteria.
- Treats E.coli.
- Rich in B-complex vitamins, such as niacin and riboflavin as well as Vitamin A and C.
- Works as an anti-fungal against Candida albicans
- Can regulate blood sugar.
- Anethole, a compound in star anise, may have a mild sedative effect that aids sleep. Additionally, sipping a hot cup of star anise tea before bed soothes the mind and reduces anxiety, allowing for rejuvenating slumber.
- Contains such antioxidants, contributing to healthy skin, bones, and organs, and reducing the risk of cancer and other diseases.
- Rich in calcium, an element imperative to healthy bone growth and maintenance.
- Aids digestion and relieves stomach aches. The spice also helps in combating gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, indigestion, and constipation.
- Contains collagen, a protein naturally occurring in muscles, bones, the digestive system, and tendons.
How to Use Star Anise
- Often utilized in classical Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, especially as a flavor enhancer in broths, soups and curries.
- Makes a delicious tea! A little goes a long way.