The dark colour, star shape appearance and liquorice-like taste of star anise makes this amazing spice unique. Not only that, it has a number of health benefits when consumed, long being used in medicinal remedies for cold & flu and bacterial infections as well as a sleep remedy and to aid digestion.
Much like other spices that make up Chai, Star Anise provides a dense supply of flavonoids and polyphenols. The compounds of this delicious spice contribute to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial health benefits.
A 2002 study found that the antibacterial properties of Star Anise were beneficial in protecting against three harmful strains of bacteria, including E.Coli. Further studies found that the high antioxidant content of this star-shaped spice were even effective against cancer cells.
Star anise has been used as a remedy to indigestion, bloating, constipation and abdominal cramps, as well as to ease coughs and soothe sore throats.