Star Anise better known as Chakra Phool is an exotic star shaped spice derived from seed pods of the fruit of the Illicium verum plant. This aromatic herb has been a quintessential ingredient in Indian and Chinese cuisines for more than 3000 years. Indigenous to South-Eastern China, Star Anise exudes Licorice-like flavour and a sweet taste.
The seeds of this spice are extracted from the star-shaped hull of the fruit. Once sun dried, the fruit turns brown in colour which can be ground to a powder or can be consumed the way it is. Besides augmenting the flavour of every recipe, it is added into, this herb has an extensive history in traditional medicine and has been used for thousands of years in conventional medical applications. The oil derived from Star Anise seeds is highly fragrant and so it is widely used in perfumes, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin creams.
Healing Health Benefits of Star Anise
Star Anise is low on the glycaemic index with an impressive amount of powerful antioxidants, therefore it is strongly recommended to be added in diabetic friendly diets. Antioxidants and compounds present in the spice help the body in maintaining blood sugar levels.
This spice has powerful anti-fungal properties. It has been a trusted natural remedy for many fungal infections, including Athlete’s foot, ringworm besides other common strains. A regular dosage of star anise infused tea strengthens the immune system and provides a boost against these pathogens.
Star anise possesses certain sedative properties attributed to the magnesium content of the spice. It can stimulate the release of certain neurotransmitters that induce relaxation and sleep. It is extremely beneficial for people who have insomnia and irregular sleep patterns.
Liver is the main detoxification organ that uses various enzymes to process, filter and remove body’s toxins. The body responds to the influx of free radicals by increasing inflammation through raising various cytokine levels. Phytonutrients present in Star Anise reduce oxidative stress and protect various body tissues including the liver.
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