Star Anise – sources, health benefits, nutrients, uses and constituents at NaturalPedia.com

Friday, June 30, 2017 by

Star anise is a fruit which has its origins in Japan, China, and other Asian countries. Its tree usually grows to 26 to 49 feet and has a diameter of around 10 inches.

Star anise, which has the scientific name Illicium verum and is commonly referred to as chakra phool in Hindi, is a staple in Indian as well as Chinese cuisines such as biryani and curry, and for pickling. It smells and tastes like aniseed, and is an essential ingredient in a spice called the five-spice powder, which is added in almost all Chinese and Indian dishes.

List of known nutrients

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Linolool
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Quercetin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc

Medicinal uses for star anise

Star anise can be used to cure a skin disease called candidiasis, which is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. Otherwise known as yeast infection, it is characterized by white patches that settle or are discharged via the mouth, throat, or genitals.

Star anise tea can be consumed after meals to protect the digestive tract from ailments such as abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation, gas, and indigestion. Star anise tea can also stimulate metabolic enzymes, which helps to maintain a fitter body. Babies who are given star anise tea have less chances of developing colic.

Shikimic acid, which can be found in star anise, can be used to make antiviral medicine for the prevention of avian influenza and swine flu. Star anise also can be used to make antibacterial medicine. Due to its expectorant properties, it can be effective against nearly 70 drug-resistant bacterial strains.

Star anise can also be ingested to prevent headaches and to promote over-all good health.

To add to star anise’s healing properties, it is known to fight free radicals that can cause the deterioration of cells that lead to diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, or even cancer. A study conducted in 2007 by Dr. Deepak Bhatnagar of the school of biochemistry at Devi Ahilya University showed that star anise contains antioxidant properties such as linolool, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Star anise can also be good for lactating and expectant mothers as it increases milk secretion and helps the mother gain stronger immunity against sickness.

Body systems supported by star anise

Star anise is good for the digestive and respiratory systems and contains antioxidants that contribute to over-all good health.

Ways to use star anise

Star anise is usually used in teas. Here are some other suggestions on how you can enjoy star anise.

Where to learn more

Summary

Star anise can be ingested to prevent headaches and to promote overall good health.

Star anise is known to fight free radicals that can cause cell deterioration.

Star anise can also be good for lactating and expectant mothers for it increases milk secretion.

Star anise is good for the digestive and respiratory systems.

Sources include:

TheHealthSite.com

DietHealthClub.com

HealthyFocus.org

AllRecipes.com

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