A spice commonly called star anise, staranise, star anise seed, Chinese star anise, or badiam that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of the fruit of Illicium verum which are harvested just before ripening. Star anise oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin creams. About 90% of the world’s star anise crop is used for extraction of shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Lets mynutrisi talk about the benefits of star anise.
Benefits of Star Anise Despite of Its Aromatic Fragrant
The Star Anise is a spice formed from evergreen plants that are scientifically known as the Illicium verum. Originating from southern China, the star anise has a sense of liquor or anise-like, although it is not related to anise plants originating from the Mediterranean and Middle East region. The star anise is traditionally used as a spice and also as a healing herb. It seems that the star anise also have a medical feature full of health benefits. Some are them are as follow:
Rich with syricimic acid
Star anise is a major source of sylmic acid, a plant-based compound which is a source of oseltamivir, an anti-viral drug marketed as Tamiflu. According to an article in the 2011 issue of “Alternative Medicine Review.”
Although the sylmic acid is also naturally in ginkgo and sweetgum fruits, the star anise has much greater concentration. Italian researchers have tested syricemic acid in combination with quercetin, a rich antioxidant-based nutrient plant to see if it can enhance immune function to help fight flu or other viral infections.
Although syricimic acid only has little or no effect on immune function, its combination with quercetin in low dosage helps to improve the immune function better to fight the viral infection. Researchers published their findings in the April 2008 issue of the “Journal of Medical Virology.”
Candida albicans is a form of fungus that is naturally present in the human mouth, throat, intestine and genitourinary tract. However, when your body’s balance is interrupted by microbes and bacteria that cause your immune system to become weak, this yeast can grow without hindrance and leads to a serious infection known as candidiasis. Researchers from South Korea found that extracts and essential oils from the star anise show a strong antifungal action when tested against candida albicans. On Dec 10, 2010 the issue of “Korea Medical Micro Journal” has confirmed that Star Anise is potentially used as an antifungal agent.
A rapid increase in bacterial infections that already become immune to existing antibiotics has intensified the efforts of scientists to find new agents that may prove more effective in killing bacteria.
Researchers in Taiwan tested four new antimicrobial compounds from the star anise and found that it was effective against 67 types of bacteria that are immune to the medication. Their study in the October 2010 issue of the “Food Medical Journal” researchers reported that their findings paved the way for the development of new antibiotic drugs from the studied of star anise compound
Free radicals are molecules with paired electrons that can cause disease and cell damage. Free radicals can damage cell DNA and initiate cancerous carcinogenesis. We can not really avoid the free radicals that come from our side of our body’s metabolism process, but you can neutralize them by eating rich foods with antioxidants.
Researchers from India conduct a study on animals to determine whether the antioxidant properties of the star anise can help protect the laboratory mice from liver cancer. In the 2007 issue of “Chemico-Biological Interaction” researchers report that animal-fed animals after carcinogenesis induction have been shown to be able to avoid cancer from animals that are not given the star anise
So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets use some star anise in your menu for your health.
How to Make the Best Homemade Star Anise Tea
Star anise is a spice commonly used in Asian cuisines. Its mild but delicious flavour makes it a chef’s favourite. Star anise or anise seeds tea has various health benefits. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The free radicals present in anise seeds can prevent a large number of diseases. In addition to the above said benefits, anise has aphrodisiac properties and can increase libido. This is the best Star Anise tea recipe by Bowl of Herbs.
Special Recipes of Delicious Star Anise :
- 300 ml Water
- 4-5 dried fruits Star anise
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 5 star anise dried fruits, water, one teaspoon of honey.
- Take dried anise seeds in a mortar.
- Crush well with a pestle. Crushing anise seeds is required in order to release the compounds present in it when reacting with oxygen.
- Place the crushed anise seeds in a teapot infuser.
- Pour boiling hot water over the seeds.
- Add honey. Anise has a naturally strong flavour and hence do not add too much honey.
- Cover with a lid and allow to steep in for 10 minutes.
- Remove the infuser.
- Pour the tea into a cup.
- Enjoy the aromatic tea!