Star Anise

Overview

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SOURCE
Sydney, Australia
FORM
Organic herbal extract
FOUND IN
Small trees native to China and Vietnam.

Fast Fact

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Star Anise is a star-shaped fruit that needs to be picked and dried before it can ripen. Typically, it has 8 points and is known for its culinary applications and medicinal properties.

Especially Important For

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Fighting the cold and flu, aiding indigestion, inhibiting bacterial growth and preventing Type 2 Diabetes.

Benefits

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Cold and flu buster
Early aging fighter
Mood lifter
Bloating and indigestion reducer
Free radical extinguisher
Inflammation soother
Bacteria purger
Nausea minimizer
Libido booster
Immune strengthener
Blood cell promoter
Stomach ulcer preventer
Blood sugar balancer

Why it's important for overall health

Star Anise is rich in flavonoids and polyphenols. Some of its health-promoting compounds make it a powerful antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

The oil in star anise contains thymol, terpineol and antehol, which also makes it a natural flu fighter.

Multiple studies highlight star anise’s antidepressant properties, some suggesting it's as effective at treating depression as prescription medication.

It’s rich in vitamins A and C and fights free radicals responsible for early aging and diabetes. One study suggests it reduces blood sugar by changing key enzyme levels.

It’s a natural digestif. Take after meals to improve digestion and reduce cramping, nausea, and bloating.


Evidence-based claims, or bust

JOURNAL OF THE SAUDI SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Assessment of antimycotoxigenic and antioxidant activity of star anise (Illicium verum) in vitro.

AVICENNA JOURNAL OF PHYTOMEDICINE

Evaluation of antidepressant-like effects of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of Pimpinella anisum fruit in mice.

PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH

Anxiolytic-like effect of Illicium verum fruit oil, trans-anethole and related compounds in mice.

BIOCHIMIE

Trans-anethole, a terpenoid ameliorates hyperglycemia by regulating key enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats.

JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL PLANTS RESEARCH

Investigation of the antioxidant activity of Illicium verum extracts.

EXCLI JOURNAL

Anti-oncogenic perspectives of spices/herbs: A comprehensive review.

SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY

Anticancer attributes of Illicium verum essential oils against colon cancer.

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