Star anise

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Apr062010

Star anise

Chinese star anise star anise from China also called species is very similar to anise known mostly. Scientifically called Illicium verum, is a tree whose fruit is in the form of stars and harvested before ripening.

Chinese star anise is highly coveted by contain shikimic acid, the main component of the antiviral drug Tamiflu Roche pharmaceutical house, which has been extremely effective in combating many types of flu, including the H5N1 virus commonly known as bird flu.

Chinese star anise should be carefully selected and is often mixed with Japanese star anise, which is highly toxic. This confusion led to FDA in the U.S. to ban the consumption of star anise, as it could not differentiate the Chinese star anise was possibly contaminated with Japanese star anise

Properties of star anise
The properties of star anise are many because of its active ingredient that aids digestion, eliminates intestinal gas and helps relieve spasms caused in the gallbladder, stomach, intestines and uterus.

Star anise seeds are an excellent source of vitamin B complex, including thiamine, niacin and riboflavin, also contains good amount of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A and C. Additionally it contains a lot of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium

Uses Anise
Anise seeds and their oil are found in many traditional medicinal recipes because its components that promote health and prevent disease; additionally anise has many culinary uses for which also included fresh leaves of this plant.

Among the medicinal uses of anise are preparations to relieve asthma, bronchitis and cough related to it, digestive disorders like flatulence, indigestion, colic, nausea and indigestion.

The essential oil of anise is prescribed to nursing mothers because their estrogenic help promote breast milk production. Anis Water also helps relieve the mosquitoes of children.

How to prepare an infusion of anise
The infusion of anise or anise you prepare copadas adding two tablespoons crushed anise seed in a pint of boiling water, and add sugar to taste. Usually served cold

Contra indications Star Anise
Anise toxicity is very low when used in teas or used powder does, and as long as not consumed more than one or two cups a day no problem. The toxicity increases significantly when you begin to use essential oils, not only of anise if any medicinal plant, so you should let the experts use.

If you ever suspect poisoning or allergy symptoms caused by excessive use of this substance, as could be muscle spasms, dizziness, mental confusion, and the like, you should go to a doctor.

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