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Anise, also called aniseed or Pimpinella anisum, is a plant that hails from the same family as carrots, celery and parsley. Anise has a distinct, licorice-like taste and is often used to add flavor to bread desserts and drinks. It’s also known for its powerful health-promoting properties and acts as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments.
Here are 7 benefits and uses of anise seed, backed by science: –
Rich in Nutrients-Anise seed is low in calories but contains a good amount of several important minerals, including iron, manganese and calcium.
May Reduce Symptoms of Depression-Human and animal studies reveal that anise seed may help reduce symptoms of depression and may be as effective as some types of antidepressants.
Could Protect Against Stomach Ulcers- Though research is extremely limited, anise seed reduced stomach acid secretion and protected against stomach ulcer formation in one animal study.
Prevents the Growth of Fungi and Bacteria- Test-tube studies show that anise seed and its components may decrease the growth of certain strains of fungi and bacteria.
Could Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms- Anise seed and its compounds may reduce hot flashes and prevent bone loss, but more research is needed.
May Balance Blood Sugar Levels-Animal studies show that anethole may lower blood sugar and improve the function of insulin-producing cells.
Can Reduce Inflammation-Animal and test-tube studies have found that anise seed is high in antioxidants and can reduce inflammation to help prevent chronic disease.
Possible side effects- Most people can safely consume anise without the risk of adverse side effects. Some people may be allergic to anise seed. Anise can also mimic the effects of estrogen in your body, which could worsen symptoms of certain hormone-sensitive conditions, like breast cancer or endometriosis. If you have a history of these conditions, keep intake in moderation and talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. (Healthline.com)