Star anise is particularly interesting from a digestive point of view. "It regulates intestinal spasms, due to stress for example,
helps reduce gas formation and facilitates their elimination ", explain the scientists. It is no coincidence that it is used in the composition of anise-flavored alcohols, tasted as an aperitif or as a digestive!
To this is added a detox effect because it boosts the secretion of bile by the liver. It is also a good dewormer, which can be useful for those who eat raw or undercooked raw vegetables, meat and fish. The ideal is to consume it after the meal (in herbal tea), in order to
stimulate digestion. And if the meal was a little loaded with garlic, you can bite into a few seeds to find fresh breath!
"Star anise has recognized antibacterial and antiviral properties", emphasizes our expert. It clears the respiratory tract by thinning the bronchial and nasal secretions, and it calms coughs. The shikimic acid it contains is even used, after processing, in some treatments against influenza.
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory, star anise helps relieve muscle and joint pain (osteoarthritis, rheumatism, stiffness after sports activity, etc.) as well as those related to urinary tract infections. "This aromatic fruit is also endowed with estrogenic virtues,
it helps to counter hot flashes associated with menopause ", adds Gilles Dreux. Finally, it is a good stimulant which helps to reduce physical fatigue, anxiety and depression.
IDEAS FOR EVERYDAY:
In infusion: add 5 small stars to 25 cl of boiling water. Let infuse 10 min, filter. You can try a star anise-verbena mix (a handful of dry leaves).
In foil: in a silicone foil (or baking paper), place a bed of chopped onions and a fillet of fresh or frozen cod. Add a little carrots and julienned zucchini, a drizzle of olive oil and a star anise.
Salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes in the oven at 180 ° C (th. 6).
In the cooking water: slip 1 or 2 stars in the cooking water of the rice or pasta to delicately flavor them. You can also add a star to vegetable or shellfish broth or to a marinade.