Star Anise

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Star Anise

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.


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