Anise has many health benefits and I’ve collected most if not all of them for you.
A brief intro about anise is that it’s used in cooking, liquor, and for traditional medicine.
Here is my list of the most amazing health benefits of anise.
1. Anise Is Rich In Nutrients
First and foremost, anise is rich in different kinds of nutrients.
Anise contains calcium, copper, fat, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, protein, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
2. May Have Antidepressant Properties
Research has shown that anise seed may be able to help people having depression symptoms.
In a study with mice, anise was found to have powerful antidepressant properties. The effect was comparable to common medication that’s used to treat depression.
Another study with a controlled group has shown that consuming anise oil three times a day greatly decreases the symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
3. Anise May Treat Stomach Ulcers
A limited study tells us that consuming anise seeds may be able to treat or reduce the symptoms of stomach ulcers.
Some of these symptoms are indigestion and nausea.
4. Is A Gentle Diuretic
If you need a natural laxative, you should try consuming anise.
A study with individuals who have chronic constipation has shown that using anise worked well as a laxative.
Besides being able to poop better, it can also help you release excess urine.
5. Anise Stimulates Your Appetite And Helps You Gain Weight
If you’re having issues in gaining more weight because you lack appetite, you may want to try drinking anise tea.
Anise tea is a good tonic for your digestive system and can stimulate your appetite.
It can also calm your stomach which helps it digest the food better.
Another amazing herb that’s really good for digestion is fennel. Here is my article on fennel’s health benefits that you might want to read as well.
6. Has Potent Antimicrobial Properties
There are test-tube studies hat show anise seed prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Anise seed contains anethole which can inhibit bacteria growth.
In another test-tube study, anethole was able to block a specific strain of bacteria that causes cholera.
These are awesome effects of consuming anise but more studies of this to humans should still be made to make the results more concrete and viable.
7. Anise Helps Relieve Menopause Symptoms
If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms like dry skin, fatigue, and hot flashes, you may want to consume more of anise seeds.
It would seem that anise seed is able to replicate the effect of estrogen in your body. This helps in reducing some symptoms of menopause.
There are also compounds in anise that are able to prevent some bone loss. This is another symptom of menopause.
However, the studies are conducted on rats so more research should be done if it has the same effect on us humans.
8. May Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
More about anethole is that it may be able to keep blood sugar levels in check.
A study conducted in rats that have diabetes showed a reduced high blood sugar level after consuming anise. Anethole in anise also was able to improve the function of the pancreas which produces insulin.
The same as mentioned above, more studies should still be conducted since these studies were done on rats and concentrated amounts of anethole were used.
9. Anise Helps With Inflammations And Pain
The antioxidant content of anise seeds helps in dealing with inflammations.
This was seen after conducted test-tube and animal studies. A study in rats showed reduced pain and swelling when anise seed oil was used.
It’s been said that the anise oil is a natural pain killer. People who are suffering from arthritis attacks like me may want to delve into this more.
10. Helps With Your Sleep
Drinking anise tea after eating and before going to bed will help you sleep better.
To make the anise tea tastier, you may want to add some honey. This also makes it a more amazing herbal tea.
11. Anise Is Used As An Expectorant
Surprisingly, anise can enhance your respiratory health. It may help loosen phlegm within your throat and lungs.
It can also relax the respiratory system to make breathing easier for you.
Anise has moderate expectorant properties that are helpful against asthma, bronchitis, common colds, pneumonia, and sinusitis.
12. Improves Oral Health
Because of anise’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it is good to use it as a mouthwash.
It can deal with bad breath and swelling of the gums.
13. Anise May Have Aphrodisiac Qualities
Anise seeds seem to be able to improve your sexual drive and health. It may improve your libido.
Before going to bed with your partner, you can drink a glass of water that was infused with crushed anise seeds. This may make your night more fun!
I didn’t know that the health benefits of anise were this amazing. I only knew about star anise that my parents used in cooking.
I’m surprised that it also has pain management and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with my arthritis issues. This will probably my anise health benefit choice listed above.
Which health benefit do you think will you need more from consuming anise?
If you’re unfamiliar with anise and would like to consume it for its health benefits, you should first ask advice with your doctor or your health professional.
There may be instances that you’re not allowed to consume anise for medical reasons.
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