Health Benefits of Anise
Anise is used to add a hint of licorice to everything from holiday cookies to bottles of ouzo and raki.
Researchers have isolated 22 compounds in Anise’s essential oils and found high levels of organic mixtures called phenylpropanoids. Phenylpropanoids are found in a wide variety of plants, and some are thought to have health-boosting benefits.
These compounds were tested for their activity against various major and minor microbes. A few showed some effectiveness against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans, and Mycobacterium intracellulare, a bacterium which can cause illness in immune-compromised patients.
Some phenylpropanoids exhibited anti-inflammatory activities. Pimpinella essential oils also showed estrogenic effects and were considered to have phytoestrogen properties.
Go easy on the Ouzo though.
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