Star anise is a star-shaped fruit of an evergreen plant known scientifically as Illicium verum. Originating in China, star anise gets its name from its star shape. Traditionally and historically used as a spice and also as a healing herb, star anise appears to have medicinal properties that endow it with significant health benefits. This fruit has a licorice like flavor and is used as a spice in many cooked dishes, where it lends a soft, exotic aroma and taste to a meal. Turn to Chinese star anise, if you’re looking for a spice or healing herb. In all cases, consult a medical professional before using star anise as a healing herb.

The rise in bacterial infections that exhibit conflict to existing antibiotics has intensified the search for new agents that may verify more effective against these resistant strains of bacteria. Chronicling their study in the October 2010 issue of “Journal of Medicinal Food,” researchers reported that their findings cover the way for the growth of new antibiotic medicines from the star anise compounds they studied.

Antioxidants target free radicals – atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons – that can cause disease and cellular damage. You can’t really avoid free radicals, which are byproducts of your body’s metabolic processes, but you can neutralize them by eating a diet rich in antioxidants and star anise is one of those fruits.
According to the “Korean Journal of Medical Mycology,” extracts from the star anise plant, Illicium verum, showed noteworthy guarantee as a natural anti-fungal. When your body’s interior balance of bacteria and fungi is distressed, a certain type of yeast — Candida albicans — can grow unimpeded. If this happens, it can cause candidiasis, a severe complication. Candida albicans is found of course in your intestinal tract, mouth and throat.

Again check your health first before trying to eat this one of a kind fruit to have the essential benefits.

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