Anise or Pimpinella anisum is spice that is commonly used in Mediterranean and southwest Asian foods for centuries.
Don’t confuse it with star anise which is mainly used in China. Anise has mild spicy taste with sweet licorice flavor
Health benefits of anise:
1- It can help to reduce depression especially postpartum depression.
2- Could Protect Against Stomach Ulcer. It can reduce the secretion of stomach acid.
3- It works as Carminative agent which means it helps to expel gases from digestive system and reduce bloating.
4- It has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
5- It has antioxidant properties and helps to reduce inflammation.
6- One of the active ingredients of anise is anethole which has estrogen like effects. It can help to reduce symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and osteoporosis. Bone loss is very common in menopause women and it is mainly due to lower estrogen level.
7- Anethole increases milk flow and production 8- Anise helps to control blood sugar as it helps pancreas to secret insulin.